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“Give us this day our daily bread…”

(Matthew 6:11 ESV)

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You could smell the fried chicken as we walked out of the restaurant, but we pranced out as if nothing was unusual.


When I was in dental hygiene school, my friends and I never had enough money to go out to dinner…unless it was all you can eat night at Wilbur’s Barbeque. On those nights, we gathered our pennies and eat until we hurt. We filled our tummies with fried chicken, hushpuppies, barbequed potatoes, coleslaw and banana pudding. I can almost taste it years later. Then, when we thought no one was looking, we slipped the leftover chicken and hushpuppies into our oversized purses…enough to last for a few days. I’m sure we weren’t fooling anyone as the aroma

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“...Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.”

(Matthew 26:10, NIV)

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I am completely crazy about cool jewelry, so when the Lord prompted me to take off my favorite necklace and give it to the woman who had just admired it, I tried to pretend I didn’t hear Him.


“It’s mine, God!” I reasoned. “It isn’t replaceable! Why would ask me to do that?”


My self-plan didn’t like the God-plan that was laid out before me.


He was asking me to give up something that meant a lot to me. And the nudging didn’t even make sense. It seemed crazy. Unnecessary.


Reluctantly, I chose to obey even though I didn’t want too.


Moments later God softened my childish heart as the woman wept at the Lord’s blessing. Selfish thoughts faded to deep, humble joy

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“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me”

(Philippians 3:12, emphasis added).

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Have you ever watched a circus performer on a flying trapeze? A short horizontal bar suspended by ropes or metal straps dangles high above the crowd. The aerialist grabs the trapeze bar, jumps off of a high platform, and swings through the air. She swings out once, swings back above the platform, and swings out again.


It is during the peak of the third swing where the fun begins for those below. The performer releases the bar mid-air and grabs hold of another bar or second performer hanging from his knees who swings toward her. Once she grabs hold, the crowd remembers to breathe. Somersaults, backflips, and triple twists wow the crowd. And each move requires the performer to

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The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.

(Proverbs 25:11, NCV)

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I watched in awe as Mrs. McShan worked her magic on the group of third grade students seated before her. Mrs. McShan was the supervising teacher for my student teaching block in college. And she was a rock star in the classroom!


As I watched her teach, I mentally began to list all of the stellar techniques and valuable lessons I had already learned from this master teacher. She never raised her voice. If the classroom got a little noisy, she stopped what she was saying, smiled and stood like a queen overseeing her domain. It was only a matter of seconds until the room grew quiet. That technique was one of my favorites – but one tactic stood

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Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

(Isaiah 49:15-16, NIV)

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I’ll be the first to admit that I am a woman who is easily distracted. More times than I care to even discuss. Sigh. I would love to say that the detail-oriented-woman in me rocks my days, but that’s not always the case. One crazy day, a few years back, the absent-minded-scatter-brain in me dominated big time. Here’s what happened…


After I dropped my kids off at school, I swung into the local gas station and ran inside to prepay. I handed the cashier forty dollars in cash and headed out the door to pump my gas. As I left the mini-mart, I held the door for the woman behind me. As she passed in front of me, we

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For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14, NLT

Hebrews 13:14, NLT

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It had been a wonderful evening with our daughter, Danna, and her then sixteen-month-old son, Justus. We ate dinner at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate Danna’s graduation from school and the fact that we had all survived. Since our daughter is basically a party looking for a place to happen and really knows how to tell a story, we laughed until we cried as Danna described her encounter that day with a teacher who seemed to be preoccupied with blue cornbread. I am not kidding! Justus may not have understood what his mom was saying, but he joined in the family celebration with gusto – laughing and clapping his little hands. After a delicious meal, we

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“Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “No, not seven times, but seventy times seven”

Matthew 18:21–22 NLT

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One day I received an e-mail from a woman who was still bitter over a statement her husband made to her cousin ten years ago. She and her husband were preparing to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and she was dreading it because of his careless words a decade before. She wrote, “Please pray that God mends this title [sic] piece of my heart that has fallen to the ground.”


The word title was a typo—she meant to type little. To me, it was telling. Friend, we can allow someone’s little shortcomings to become the title of our story, or we can forgive and write a new storyline. Not only does forgiveness change the title of your story, it

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The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Exodus 4:11-12, NIV

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On the far side of a desert, high upon the Mountain of God, a voice called out to Moses from within a curious, fiery bush. He had been tending the sheep of his father-in-law’s flock – going about his normal day-in-day-out tasks on the day that God spoke to him from the flames. On the day that God called Moses to a fresh and fiery mission. A mission of deliverance.


Once a noble prince of Egypt with the world at his feet, he had become a lowly shepherd with dust on his sandals. His crown had been traded in for a staff. The palace days were far behind Moses now. He fled them because of what he had done.

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There are many rooms in my Father's house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you.

John 14:2

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Heaven.


These days my thoughts seem to be centered on Heaven.


I know why.


Two good friends have recently gone there. One after a long battle with cancer and another very suddenly.


I have been following Christ for many years. I know that part of my eternal heritage is the promise of Heaven. But now that I am closer to the end of my journey here on earth than I am to the beginning, Heaven is becoming more important – and more real in my heart and mind than ever before.


I wonder what Heaven looks like. The Bible says there are streets of gold and that precious diamonds are mounted in the walls of heaven. What a beautiful sight that will be!


I

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

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My 9-year-old daughter Lucy calls it her second home.


It’s not an athletic field, the shopping mall, or the movie theater. Lucy’s second home is our church. Whenever the doors are open – whether it’s for main service or to paint backdrops for children’s church – she wants to be there.


I think we could all use a dose of Lucy’s enthusiasm when it comes to going to church!


My family started going to church when I was in elementary school. Back then, it was common to have Sunday morning church and Sunday evening church. We usually went both times, and I can certainly remember faking a cold or stomachache to get out of church so I could stay home

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