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Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

(Psalm 119:105, KJV)

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The Word of God is our blueprint for life. If we want to discover and live out God’s plan, we must know the Word of God. It is our life compass.


In 1804, British ship HMS Apollo was leading a convoy of 69 merchant vessels to the West Indies on a route that put them parallel to the coasts of Spain and Portugal, about a hundred miles from land. A storm arose on Sunday, April 1, April Fool’s Day, but the captain was unconcerned because his compass assured him that he was well into open sea. But in the middle of the night, the ship-wrecked against the jagged rocks of the coastline. Jolted from their hammocks, the crew desperately

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“Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.”

(Ruth 1:14 NIV)

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Have you ever been reading the Bible and suddenly something grabs hold of you so tightly, you know, oh you know, that God has opened your eyes to a new truth? That He has spoken to you loud and clear? Not through someone else, but directly to you? That happened to me one morning while reading the story of Ruth, Orpah, and Naomi.


How many times have I read this story, taught this story, pondered this passage, and yet, God still opened my eyes to something new? Stand with me on the road back to Bethlehem as Ruth and Orpah are crying because their mother-in-law, Naomi, is headed back to Bethlehem. They both wanted to go with her, begged

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“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

(John 10:10, NKJV)

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I must be getting older because I have six grandchildren. And they really do say the most hilarious things – sometimes. Other times, their words can absolutely nail me to the wall and put life in perspective in a split second.


Several years ago, I was keeping our then three-year-old grandson Hudson while our daughter took his older brother to the doctor. Hudson has strawberry-blonde hair, blue eyes, a killer smile … and he loves to snuggle. I know. It’s a deadly combination.


After Danna and Justus left, Hudson crawled up in my lap and just grinned at me. Then he began to gently rub my face with his little hand. My heart just melted. He was probably thinking what

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For we are God’s handiwork, 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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I recently returned to the place online where I asked the question, “What lies are women tempted to believe about who we are?” As I scrolled back through the answers, I saw all over again how many expressed, “I’m just a mess.” In other words, I can’t possibly be amazing. And yes, none of us are perfect. We “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But that is only part of our story—and Jesus has already rewritten it.


We reflect the image of God. We are beings with souls. We have hearts full of hopes and desires. God has placed invisible gifts within each of us. And when we give ourselves to Jesus,

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“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”

(Lamentations 3:24, ESV)

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I sometimes run to God as if He’s a celestial Target store, purposed to satisfy my every want and craving…


Change my family.


Fix my job problem, God.


Do it my way!  


Instead of leaning in to hear the whispered will of the Lord, I selfishly shout my will, my desires and my demands.


Lord, give me relief from life-pressures instead of giving me strength to endure them.  


When I’m desperate to fill my mega-sized heart-cart with things that I want, I rob myself of what really matters: the pursuit of God and the blessings found in Him alone.


The truth is that even those of us who are Jesus-girls, you know… good Christian women who strive each day to live

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“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

(Lamentations 3:24, ESV)

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I am a lot of things, but low maintenance is not necessarily one of them. Straight up, I am a girl with some constant cravings. Though I try to savor life moments with gratitude, I fail all the time.


Many days, I find myself looking beyond my now to my next, longing in discontent. I seek God’s blessings instead of seeking God. I seek His hand instead of His heart. This frazzles my peace and messes with my joy. It tangles my heart in knots until I begin to dance through my days to the tune of, “I can’t get no satisfaction!”
Why do we desire God’s presents in our lives more than His presence?


Isn’t that what we do when

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Hope deferred makes the heart sick...

(Proverbs 13:12, NIV)

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For months, there’s been a deep longing in me. On some days, I quietly call-out to God. On others, I nearly yell-out my desire to Him. I hope my dream will happen. I want it to happen. Yet, despite all my prayers – time-after-time — doors keep getting shut on me. All I hear is, “No! No! No!”


I pray again. No. I pray later. No.


Nothing gives-way. Nope. Dead air.


Ever been there?


I’m quite certain, some of you have been praying for years for: one thing. Some of you have shed tears and sweat over a person. Some of you have tried to push forward, anyway, and hit a wall. Some you now live in defeat, doubt, or despair. As if you

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“My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”

(Psalm 63:8 NIV)

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Have you ever felt that this thing called life is just too hard. I know I have. Sometimes life just does not turn out like I thought it would. That’s when I have to hang onto God and simply trust Him.


I remember when my son was four-years-old and I was trying to teach him how to snow ski. The first day was just horrible…at least it was for me. I felt like a down-covered workhorse as I lugged two sets of skis in one arm while dragging along Steven with the other. Clunky ski boots, overstuffed mittens, and a hooded snowsuit made it difficult for Steven to maneuver. Add all that to the slippery snow, and we had

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“A wise woman strengthens her family, but a foolish woman destroys hers by what she does.”

(Proverbs 14:1, NCV)

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Family means different things to different people. What is a family? A family is a group of persons with whom you are doing life. Family is where we learn about God then live out the very nature and character of God in relationships. Family is important to God. He created it before He created the church and, as with each of His creations, He made a plan for it to succeed. At the heart of that plan is love. To trust God with our family demands that we first love and trust God in our own lives then allow that love to spill over into our family. 


What a crazy day it had been! It was a day probably

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For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’

(Psalm 32:7-8

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I played hide and seek often with my three siblings as well as the various friends and cousins that migrated in and out of the house when I was a child. I can remember hiding under beds, the back of closets, and even squeezing into cupboards or toy boxes in an effort to be the last one found.


Some days between managing my home and running the race of church, kids’ activities, and work deadlines, I want to find a place to run and hide. A place where there are no notifications and reminders sounding an alert on my phone. A place where no one is calling, “Mom, I need you.” A place where the mental hamster wheel

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