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In the future, when your children ask, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ you are to tell them, ‘The waters of the Jordan were cut off…”

Joshua 4:6-7

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Sometimes, I wake up to worry. I haven’t even opened my eyes before the anxieties wash over me. Some are weirdly specific (“What if my husband dies?”). Some of them are vague. (“Am I doing enough as a mom? A Christian?”)


As an anxiety expert (unfortunately), I know there are a million reasons for it and a million tricks to help it.


There is one, though, that consistently trumps my yet-to-be-troubles, and that is this: remember. Remember what God carried you through. Remember how He showed up last time. Remember the answered prayers. Remember, remember, remember. It’s remarkable how this recalling to mind calms my body and lifts my soul.


We humans aren’t so good at remembering, and I believe that

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What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

James 4:14, NIV

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On a visit to meet our new granddaughter, our son called to say he was running late and asked if I could take our grandson Jaydan to baseball practice. “I will meet you there, Mom. You can stay and watch if you want to, or you can head home,” Jered said. But I heard the hopeful tone in his voice. I stayed.


It was a beautiful night … in more ways than one. The years fell away as I remembered the countless times my husband and I had watched our son play in a game of some kind. Jered tried T-ball, softball, baseball, soccer, basketball, and football before finally settling on football that took him all the way through

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 NIV

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Have you ever felt like a failure? I sure have. Jesus’ friend, Peter sure did.


Three days after Jesus breathed His last earthly breath, the disciples received the news of the empty tomb from the women who had gone to visit the grave. Mark tells us an angel told the women to go and “tell his disciples and Peter” that Jesus was alive (Mark 16:7).


I wonder why the angel singled out Peter. Could it be that God knew Peter would need an extra measure of grace and assurance because of his failure?


Can you imagine how Peter’s heart raced as his feet ran to the empty tomb? I wonder what he was thinking as he kicked up the dust. Would

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Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind’

Matthew 22:37, NIV

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From the moment of birth, we are taught that successful people never give up. Yet, I have discovered the paradoxical secret that true success can only be found in complete surrender.


Dr. Billy Graham tells the story of a little child who was playing with a very valuable vase. The child put his hand into the vase but could not pull it out. His father tried to free the little boy’s hand but couldn’t. They were thinking of breaking the vase when the father said, “Son, let’s try one more time. Open your hand and hold your fingers out really straight and then pull.” The look of alarm on the boy’s face surprised the dad until the little boy

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The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.

Isaiah 50:4

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I’ve heard it said, “If you don’t know your purpose, you will be distracted by the voices.” The same principle applies to the purpose of our words. The Bible has a lot to say about the ways we should use our words.


To ENCOURAGE – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)


To WORSHIP – “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit,

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Can any of you add a cubit to his height by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest? Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will He do for you—you of little faith? Don’t keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.

(Luke 12:25-31, HCSB)

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I saw the slogan “Warrior Not Worrier” on a T-Shirt recently and it hit me. It hit me so much so that I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I tend to be the worrier. Sometimes worry grabs hold of me and I don’t even know it. I worry about finances and relationships and my purpose and the future. It’s not intentional.


I happen to be a first born who grew up like an only child. So, I have tendencies of both. I am a planner. I am all about the details. I like to be in control. I like to know what is coming next. I like things done my way, in my timing.


It’s

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“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

(Genesis 50:20, NIV)

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God is faithful. He can use all circumstances for His glory. Let’s take a brief look at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37–50). Joseph was a man of integrity who did right in the eyes of the Lord, yet he faced hardship, betrayal, and temptation. As a young man, he was less than humble a few times with his ten older brothers. Okay. Straight up, he actually came across as a puffed up little braggart. His bragging fed the jealously of Joseph’s brothers because he was clearly their father’s favorite child. Now granted, Joseph threw gasoline on the fire of this jealousy when he gushed about the dreams God had given him, but imagine how he must have

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you,

(Philippians 4:8-9 NIV)

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Every weekday morning my husband’s alarm clock goes off at 5:30 a.m. He gets up, showers, shaves, brushes his teeth, gets dressed, and places his jingling keys in his pocket. He clears his throat, blows his nose, and, well, does other noisy things. When he opens and closes the door leading to the garage, the alarm in the bedroom beeps three times…loudly. This happens every day, and I don’t hear a thing. I sleep right through it. My body has grown so accustomed to his routine that I don’t even hear the noise. I don’t hear anything until my alarm goes off an hour or so later. And yes, we’re in the same bed.


Just like we can get

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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.


A

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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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