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Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5 NIV).

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When I was a little girl, I loved nothing more than climbing the branches of a backyard tree. There I slipped into a world of imagination as I read books, my legs locked around a strong branch. It was my safe place.


When I grew up, I discovered the power of another tree – my family tree.


The truth was the branches of my family tree were gnarled. The hurts of generations were visible in the rings. I didn’t know how to make my family tree any different, but I did know that God cared about it just as much as I did. I talked to Him about it often. I told Him that I wanted to grow a new

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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV).

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While in Ravensbrück, Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy dealt with appalling conditions. The women’s labor camp dorms were crammed into three high trough-like sleeping barracks with rancid hay as their bed.


The cramped conditions and lack of basic sanitation led to a lice and massive infestation of fleas. Corrie wondered how they could endure such a dreadful place.


Betsy prayed and told her sister they must “give thanks in all circumstances.”


Corrie wondered how she could possibly ever be thankful for the lice and the fleas?


Several weeks later, one of the supervisors was called in their barracks to view something Betsy was working on. The supervisor refused because the place was crawling with fleas.


Betsy then reminded her sister that it

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When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter (Exodus 13:17 NIV).

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I looked at my husband in disbelief. My mouth might have actually been open.


After only a few weeks at his current position, he came home from work with the news he had been demoted. After working tirelessly for nearly a year to earn this position, it had been taken from him without warning and without reason.


In the days that followed my husband, Luke, and I wondered what could have possibly gone wrong. In our prayers we asked God, “Why?” It felt like God’s plan for us had taken an unexpected detour, and we couldn’t imagine how this could be good for us.


A few days later, however, at a routine doctor’s appointment with our newborn son, we began

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He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed (Psalm 107:29 NIV).

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Some called it a teeter-totter, but I called it a seesaw and it was one of my favorite playground amenities in elementary school. There were always risks involved when it came to mounting a teeter-totter during recess. If you rode it with someone heavier than you, you struggled to touch your feet to the ground. If you rode it with someone lighter than you, you struggled to get off the ground. If you rode it with someone who was untrustworthy, they could ditch you while you’re in the air and send you crashing to the ground. The best rides on a teeter-totter back in the day were usually with a trusted friend who was about the same size.


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Today’s Truth

Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes (Acts 3:16 NLT).

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Several years ago, I visited Nashville with a group of girlfriends. One of the gals in our group texted a friend she knew who owned several restaurants downtown for a recommendation. She directed us to a place and said to mention her name at the door.


To our surprise, when we gave her name, we were ushered into a special section with VIP treatment. Servers brought out complimentary platters of food and told us about the famous musicians who had occupied our seats the night before. I sat in awe at the unexpected blessings we received just by dropping a name.


We can discover the power of name dropping for every Christ-follower in the pages of the book of

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 NIV).

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I love Romans 8:28. 


Now, let me be honest…sometimes I don’t.


When I am going through a dark time of loss or disappointment, and someone throws a sloppy coat of Romans 8:28 on my open wound, I just want to scream.


There. I said it.


Paul wrote: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV). But what does “all things” mean? I looked it up in my Greek dictionary and guess what it means—it means “all things.” I was hoping for something a little different.


“All things” includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. In every dark circumstance of life, there

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Today’s Truth

Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body (Proverbs 16:24 CSB).

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In the middle of a tough day, I take a deep breath and then share my discouragement with a friend. I resist the urge to end with, “But, really, I’m fine.” I dare to let her see what’s actually going on in my heart.


She replies with words of hope and encouragement. They are Jesus-filled words, so spot-on for what I need to hear that I know they are not just from her but Him, too. I can feel the ache easing and my strength returning. I’m going to be okay. I think of Proverbs 16:24, which says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.”


Suddenly, I’m curious about what this actually means.

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In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (Romans 12:5 NIV).

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A certain expert guide lived in the deserts of Arabia. He was known for his tracking skills and never lost his way. The secret of his success could be found in the fact that he carried with him a homing pigeon with a very fine cord attached to one of its legs. When he had doubts as to which path to take, he threw the bird into the air. The pigeon quickly strained at the cord to fly in the direction of home, leading the guide accurately to his goal. Because of this unique practice, he was known as “the dove man.”


We always need connections to those who will point us in the right direction. We will take

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Today’s Truth

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

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It is the never-ending pile.


It never goes away.


It never gets smaller.


It is just clutter.


How destructive could it be, right? Just get over it.


But I would say piles of clutter have kept me stuck for longer than I care to admit.


Clutter takes time. I’ve gone through that pile several times and still couldn’t tell you all of what’s in it.


Clutter takes money. That bill I had a late payment on? In that pile. And that costs.


Clutter takes attention. I cannot tell you the number of times I get distracted by that pile when I see a piece of mail sticking out that needs my attention.


I had to recognize this very true reality: my clutter isn’t just a space problem.

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“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on’” (Mark 12:43-44 NIV).

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One summer my family and I traveled to Yellowstone Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. One of our goals was to see as many unusual animals as possible. For us that was anything other than a dog, cat, or bird.


During the entire trip, we were on the lookout for moose, elk, buffalo, and other furry beasts with antlers. After several days we fell into the rhythm of looking for groupings of cars stopped alongside the road or crowds clustered in the woods. This signaled a sighting! As if holding up a neon sign, the assembly let us know we needed to stop. There was some magnificent creature we needed to see.


That’s what happened one day when Jesus was in

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