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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

(Isaiah 41:13, NIV)

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I recently received an email containing the following poem. It offers a simple but profound truth we would be wise to apply.


A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.


A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million.


It depends on whose hands it’s in.


A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.


A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth $19 million.


It depends on whose hands it’s in.


A tennis racket is useless in my hands.


A tennis racket in Venus Williams’ hands is a championship winning racket.


It depends on whose hands it’s in. 


A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.


A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.


It depends on whose hands it’s in.


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The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(2 Peter 1:8, NLT)

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I love it when I read a portion of Scripture and it feels like it’s the first time I’ve ever come across a particular concept. Have you had that experience?


God’s Word is so rich and complex, and His grace is so far and wide that He allows us to soak up what we need for the moment through our Bible reading, knowing that there will be a time when He’ll take us deeper.


The Spirit reveals to us a timeless principle for a timely application.


The Holy Spirit, at work in us by faith in Jesus Christ, awakens us to the very truth we need in that particular situation. But there is one catch. We have to be in the

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He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

(Isaiah 40:11, NIV)

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As a little girl, I really did have a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow. I can remember the day my mother showed me the lamb and explained that she did not have a bottle with which to feed the lamb. I did. I agreed to let the lamb have my bottle if I could have the lamb. I have been fascinated by the unique relationship between sheep and their shepherd ever since.


Shepherds live with their sheep, finding places for them to eat and drink, providing shelter from the storms and protection from the heat. The type of shepherding referred to in the Bible is not the farming of fenced pasturelands, but nomadic grazing. The shepherd

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Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

(Psalm 84:4)

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The bedrooms of my children house more memories than a library full of books. The doorframes have been gateways to relationship. Access points of intimacy. Invitations to community.


Over the years the space beyond each threshold has fostered fun, friendships, frazzled feelings and family. It’s been a meeting place of life and love. An incubator for growth, depth, conversations and dreams.


The floors have held dance parties, dirty clothes, discipline, and daily drama. The air has held honest whispers and lingering lullabies, screams and songs… prayers, promises and plans.


That space is a place of misunderstanding and tantrums, of teaching and reaching, of decorations and celebrations. A beautiful dwelling place of knowing and being known.


Psalm 84 echoes this type of warmth,

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Today’s Truth

I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe. Ready to sing, ready to raise a tune: “Wake up, soul! Wake up, harp! Wake up, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!” (Psalm 57:7-8 MSG)

(Psalm 57:7-8 MSG)

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I sat on my porch with my Bible in my lap and a hot mug of steamy coffee in my hand. Early morning is my favorite time of day. Just me, Jesus, and a smattering of birds.


I closed my Bible and looked out across the backyard. My eyes landed on a rounded mound of fur nestled in the grass under the willow tree.


I got up and moved in for a closer look. My heart sank as I discovered what appeared to be a curled-up baby fawn lying lifeless in the grass. Probably the same fawn my neighbor had seen nursing from its mom the day before. My heart broke. I understand the circle of life, but still. A

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Ruth said to Naomi, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!’

(Ruth 1:16-17)

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My husband is a huge Star Trek fan. Not of the TV series. But a big fan of the Star Trek movies. He likes the action. He likes the drama. And he really likes the relationships.


There is a scene in one of the Star Trek movies where Spock is dying. His last words to his captain and friend, James T. Kirk, are these: “You have been, and always shall be, my friend.”


The same kind of exchange happens between Ruth and Naomi in the opening chapter of the book of Ruth. Ruth declares his loyalty to her friend in clear statements:



Where you go, I will go.
Where you live, I will live.
Your people will be my people.
Your God will me
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Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

(Psalm 143:8)

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I’ve struggled with anxiety, on and off, since I was a child.


When I was little, I’d worry about things like my friends’ parents being mad at me forever because I spilled an Otter Pop on their floor. Or that the other kids at class would think my presentation was stupid. Or that I’d never get the guts to pull out my loose tooth. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t. My mom had to bring me to the dentist and have them do it for me.)


As I got a little older, it grew into scarier things, like something happening to my mom while she was away, or someone breaking into our house at night.


During each phase, I would waste countless hours

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“Love never ends”

(1 Corinthians 13:8 ESV)

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I set out to tackle a task I had put off for many years. I didn’t really want to do it at all. It was the job of cleaning out my ministry storage closet. A closet filled with boxes of memories collected over twenty years.



Old magazines with articles I had written dating back to 1996.
Thirty-six inch vinyl posters of book covers beginning in 1999.
A 3-foot lighthouse used in a teaching on motherhood.
A treasure box of oyster shells mixed with a strand of pearls used in another teaching on what can happen with irritations that get under our skin.
Videos of past interviews from television programs that probably don’t even exist any longer.
A box of CDs from ten years of
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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

(Ephesians 2:8, NIV)

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I am a woman with an affinity for turbulence. When a thunderstorm comes rolling in, I pop a bag of popcorn and sit back and watch. When the plane I’m traveling on goes through a series of dark and ominous clouds, I grin, waiting eagerly for the first bump. When the ocean rages and the waves start to crash wildly on the shore, I run to meet them. I love a good thrill or plot twist. Put a predictable, slow-moving book or movie in front of me and I’ll leave to find a new adventure.


But there’s a catch. You see, I’m fine with observing exterior turbulence, but when commotion and agitation touch down in my own personal life,

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Today’s Truth

Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them!

(Psalm 74:11)

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My hubs and I are obsessed with the TV show Person of Interest. The plot is fast-paced, and features two main characters, John Reese and Mr. Finch, a presumed-dead, former CIA agent and a mysterious, tech-savvy billionaire. The duo prevents crimes using technology and their own take on vigilante justice. Brad and I binge watch the show on Netflix when time permits and are depressed that we only have five seasons to enjoy.


Each episode features complicated characters in critical situations. Life and death situations. Tensions are always heightened and people often look over their shoulders to see who might be after them. As you’d imagine, what I don’t often see while watching Person of Interest are people in

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