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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

(John 13:34-35 NIV)

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I ran into Shelly at the grocery store. She had just returned from a visit with her prospective daughter-in-law. Her son was getting married in a few months, and the weekend was intended to help the two families become better acquainted.


“I will tell you one thing,” Shelly began, “she might be a Christian, but there is one chapter in the Bible that girl has not read…Proverbs 31. She doesn’t know the first thing about how to be a wife. And I know where she got it from. Her mother. She made all the decisions. It was her show. All weekend it was evident that the women in this family were in charge.”


Shelly continued pointing out the shortcomings of

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For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

(Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

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As a high school junior, I decided it was time to take Homemaking 101. I can still see Mrs. Johnson’s face as she naively gazed at her new students. Bless her unsuspecting heart! She had no idea the challenge I brought to that class or to her career as a teacher. For weeks, I muddled through each lesson with a respectable, but less than stellar performance, until we hit the section on sewing. It would prove to be her undoing where I was concerned.


Being the veteran teacher that she was, Mrs. Johnson took a deep breath and doggedly plunged ahead in determination, vowing she could teach anyone to sew – even me. I decided to make a blouse

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I will put my hand over my mouth.

(Job 40:4)

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From the time I could hold a crayon in my chubby little hand, I’ve enjoyed creating various “works of art.” Many of those masterpieces ended up under the Christmas trees for family and friends. One year it was macramé hanging plant holders. Another it was a menagerie of decoupage wooden boxes. Then there were the years of framed cross-stitch, ceramic nativity sets, and quilted pig and chicken pillows (don’t laugh).


When I was 17, it was the year of the candle. Everyone from Grandma Edwards to my best friends received praying hand candles. For weeks I slaved over a hot stove, stirring melted wax, meticulously centering ten-inch wicks, then slowly pouring the red, green, or yellow molten material into

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I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

(Psalm 62:1)

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I took a deep breath and prayed, “Thank You, Father, for showing up tonight. Thank You for the magnificent display of Your power!” It had been a long time since I had witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit at work in such an amazing way. I felt as if each word I spoke, each step I took was saturated with His power and His favor. That night, it truly was all about Him!


I have been speaking for women’s events for 25 years … and absolutely love it! It’s my passion and my calling. I have had many jobs over the years – elementary school teacher, insurance agent, high school Bible teacher, choir director, church pianist, women’s ministry

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And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.

(John 14:13, NIV)

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A few years ago, I was on my way home from running errands. As I approached our neighborhood, my cell phone rang.


“Hi, Mom. It’s Kennedy. Where are you?”


“Hey, baby! I ran some errands and will be home in just a few minutes. What’s up?”


“Well, I wanted to see if you and I could go shopping for a new bathing suit this afternoon, and— don’t say no —I’d like to get a feather in my hair. Can we, Mom?”


Oh. No. She. Didn’t!


Don’t say ‘no’? I thought. Really? C’mon girl. I’m the parent. You’re the child. Get a grip.


What I said to her was, “Honey, we are several weeks away from swim season. I’m not sure that today is a

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A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the Tabernacle in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second month of that year he said, “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men twenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops, and you will be assisted by one family leader from each tribe.

(Numbers 1:1-4, NLT)

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One of my college summer jobs was at a retail clothing store. When the manager told the employees that it was time to do inventory, my internal groan was loud. This is when we had to count everything in the store and record it. (The store sold baby clothes, so counting socks, onesies, and tiny clothes was tedious.) Taking stock of inventory was necessary in order to assess losses from theft and prepare for a new line of clothing to come in. It was menial and boring, yet it was a necessary preparation.


In the first chapter of the Book of Numbers, we find the Lord asking His people to take stock of their resources. This meant counting the

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“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand”

(Romans 14:4 NIV)

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Miriam was the brave little girl who hid among the bulrushes to watch her baby brother floating in the Nile among the crocodiles and would-be assassins of the Hebrew babies. Because the Hebrews were growing too numerous for the Pharaoh’s comfort, he issued an edict that all Hebrew male babies must be killed as soon as they were born. But Moses’ mother wanted her son to live.


After she could no longer hide the growing babe in the quiet of her cottage, she wove him his own little ark of reeds, covered it with pitch and set him afloat in the crocodile-


infested Nile River. His sister, Miriam, hid among the bulrushes as he set sail.


She watched as the Pharaoh’s daughter spied the

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Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.

(Psalm 100:4)

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Sometimes I don’t feel like going to church. Yeah, I know. I’m probably not supposed to admit that. But it’s true. Even still, it’s amazing how my heart shifts once I’ve positioned myself in His presence. It happens when I read the Bible and get with Jesus on my own as well.


I could go to God mad at my man. (Happens.) I could go to God frustrated with my kids. (Hap- pens.) I could go to God wounded by others. (Happens.) Yet, when my gaze turns from my frazzled to my Freedom… from my distance to my Deliverer … from my mountain to my Mountain Maker… from my anger to my Answer, everything changes.


Every. Time.


Grief yields to gratitude.

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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”

(James 1:2-4, NIV)

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The day was March 20, 2020. My daughter had been in college for eight long years, the last four having been spent in medical school. She had worked diligently, studied with tenacity, and scored well on her medical board exams. After having settled on a specialty, Emergency Medicine, she interviewed at a dozen excellent teaching hospitals. Finally, the day we were all waiting for—Match Day—was approaching. This was the day she would find out where she would match for her residency program.


A Match Day ceremony had been planned for her medical school. One hundred-seventy 4th year medical students, their relatives, friends, and significant others were to be gathered in a large auditorium for the BIG reveal—where exactly each

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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

(Hebrews 11:1, NIV)

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I simply could not take it any longer. The list of impossibilities had grown too long. Usually I could make things happen. I could make the difficult phone calls and sweetly cajole people into doing what I wanted them to do. Not today. Today every door slammed in my face. No one could be cajoled. I had to wait. And I do not like to wait.


I burst into tears. I felt the panic attack coming and could not seem to do one thing to stop it. Fortunately, my husband had gone to bed early. I was alone and found myself crying out to God, “I need someone to tell me what to do! I just need someone to

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