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However it is written, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him.

(1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV)

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Have you ever been afraid to jump into the deep end of God’s will? I certainly have. Then God showed me how


I was sitting on the balcony of a condominium listening to the excited squeals and splashes as children played in the swimming pool below.


One particular little girl caught my attention. She appeared to be about six years old and wore bright yellow water wings wrapped around her arms like blood pressure cuffs. As she stood on the side of the pool nervously flapping her arms, her daddy was poised in waist-deep water with his arms outstretched.


“Come on, honey, you can do it,” he coached. “Go ahead and jump. I’m right here.”


“But I’m scared,” she said, whining and

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You are precious and honored in my sight.

(Isaiah 43:4a, NIV)

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Years ago, I bought my daughter a really cute jacket at the mall. It was a hoodie made of a cuddly fabric with cream, lavender, and mint green horizontal stripes. The jacket zipped up in the front and was well crafted, stylish, and simply adorable.


When I bought it, I felt like the price on the tag was a fair one, so I gladly pulled out my wallet and paid the retail amount. I was a kid in a candy store on the way home – fully anticipating a shriek of happiness from my little bag-of-beans when I gave it to her.


I wasn’t disappointed. Kennedy loved her new coat, and I was pleased with my purchase. Happy dances all

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Today’s Truth

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

(Matthew 18:21-22 NIV)

 


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I was so confused. I was talking to God, but it seemed He wasn’t talking to me. There seemed to be a barrier between us. I was a single, twenty-years old, and needed to make an important decision about my future, but I wasn’t hearing from God.


Mr. Thorp was an older, godly gentleman who mentored my Christian friends and me during our teen years. After one of our Bible study meetings, I asked him to pray for me.


“Let’s read some Scripture about prayer before we pray,” Mr. Thorp suggested.


First he turned to Matthew 18:19-22:


“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for them by

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As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more.

(Psalm 71:14, NIV)

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My family leads an afterschool Bible club on Fridays at my daughter’s elementary school. We sing songs, play games, study the Bible, and give away prizes. I’m always storing up prizes from the dollar store in my “magic closet,” also known as my laundry room.


One of my friend’s dubbed it the magic closet because I could magically find presents for kids in that closet. If someone came over and mentioned it was her child’s birthday, I’d walk into that closet and come out with a birthday gift to go!


You may not have a magic closet of kids’ gifts but there’s another type of closet you can always tap in to. You might call it a “praise closet.”


As

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Today’s Truth

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

(Revelation 21:4)

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When my children were little, they watched the same VHS tapes over and over and over. Classics like Big Trucks, Little Bear, and Arthur. Fun shows like Veggie Tales and an adventurous video series featuring first-responders called Rescue Heroes.


One of their favorite Christian videos featured a guy called the Donut Man. He taught Bible stories and used simple songs to point kids to the Lord. While holding a donut in his hand, he’d sing the theme song each time that went something like this. “Life without Jesus is like a Donut… ‘cause there’s a hole in the middle of your heart.” Then at the end of the tune he’d stick a munchkin-like circle donut in the middle of

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Today’s Truth

He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak.

(Isaiah 40:29, NCV)

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I love a great movie! To me, a movie is great when good wins over evil, the right guy gets the right girl, nobody gets hurt and everyone lives happily ever after. A bit naive, I know. But I have decided that there is enough harsh reality ripping through daily life without paying to see more on a movie screen.


With these criteria in mind, I went to see the movie “Sea Biscuit.” There I was; popcorn in hand, minding my own business and enjoying my brief respite, when his words slammed into my soul, yanking me back to the tenacious essence and interminable power of truth.


“You don’t throw a whole life away just because it’s banged up a little.”


I was

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Today’s Truth

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

(Isaiah 43:2a, NIV)

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Sometimes we come face-to-face with bad and even tragic news that we never saw coming. Life can turn us upside down at a moment’s notice, leaving us spinning and searching for answers.


Ever been there?


“We just picked up your son for drunk driving.”


“I want a divorce.”


“Your position has been terminated.”


“Your electricity has been shut off until you make a payment on your bill.”


“You haven’t been accepted into our program.”


“I’m sorry, there has been an accident …”


In 2013 our family received some unexpected blisterings …


“You have a polyp on your right vocal cord and a nodule on your left vocal cord. In addition to that, Mrs. Smith, your esophagus is yellow and inflamed because of acid reflux. I know you

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Today’s Truth

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

(Hebrews 10:35-36 NIV)

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Can I make a confession? Sometimes I quit too soon. I’ve quit when what I really needed to do was to press on and press through. Sometimes I’ve gotten tired of the struggle—tired of trying. And you know what? I’ve missed many blessings because I threw up my hands in the battle and said, “Just forget it.” I don’t want to do that any longer. I don’t want to stop too soon.


The battle plan to take the Promised Land was as simple as it was strange.


Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do

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Today’s Truth

I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

(Psalm 40:1-2, NIV)

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I hate depression. It is an all-too-familiar foe in my life. I know. I am a grounded Christian and have walked with God for many years. I am a pastor’s wife … a Christian author and speaker. According to many people, I shouldn’t struggle with depression, but I do. It keeps me on my face before God. It keeps me broken and desperate for Him.


Thousands – seriously – thousands of people have prayed for me to be delivered and set free from this battle.


I continually search my heart, mind, and soul for some un-confessed sin.


I have sifted through my past and dealt with every painful memory God has brought to mind.


I have tried dozens of nutritional cures and

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Today’s Truth

The LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

(Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)

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The letter had arrived. I had been waiting for weeks and finally, there it was! With my breath half-held, I ripped open the back, unfolded the paper, and began to speed read the words, rushing to reach the point of the letter.


Denied. My sweet Taylor’s special needs bathtub insert had been denied by the insurance company. Showering her had become somewhat of an Olympic feat, trying to wash her well and hold her up at the same time. Though she could no longer sit up alone on the shower chair, someone felt she didn’t meet the proper criteria.


Time seemed to stand still for a moment as discouragement poured over my heart and mind. Why did life with

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"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8