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Today’s Truth

For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. . . Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.

(Hebrews 7:19, 22 NLT)

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Do you feel like God is depending upon you to take care of all the needs in your family, work, church, community?


Maybe you feel like God is watching your every move, evaluating whether you’re measuring up to His standard. Maybe you think your performance matters much, even though you might not want to admit it. Maybe you’ve been duped into believing that blessings only come when you “get it right.”


But no matter how hard you try . . .


No matter how determined you are to live out the Word . . .


No matter how much you do for others . . .


It never quite feels like enough.


“All the hard” continues to come your way, pressing upon you

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Today’s Truth

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

(Romans 12:2 NIV)

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One day I was driving home from the beach in July Fourth holiday traffic. It was Southern muggy hot, and cars were a throng of metal on wheels. Everyone was going faster than the posted speed limit and I was trying to keep up. I was also young and distracted. Ok, here’s the truth: I had just broken up with my boyfriend and crying my eyes out.


At one point, I felt my front right tire slip off the asphalt and onto the gravel shoulder of the road. In a flood of panic, I heard the voice of my driver’s ed teacher from four years earlier, “If you run off the road, do not, and I repeat, do not

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Today’s Truth

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

(Colossians 3:17)

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Having played division one college volleyball doesn’t usually affect my ministry opportunities. Most women’s ministry directors that invite me to participate in their conferences care primarily about my speaking, Bible teaching and worship leading skills, not my ball handling, vertical jump and net skills. But over the years, I have had some pretty cool niche ministry invitations due to my athletic experience.


Case in point, when my daughter Kennedy was in middle school, I spoke and led worship for an FCA volleyball camp in Georgia several summers in a row. It was the best. Kennedy joined me and we made a mommy-daughter adventure of it. She attended as a camper; had great small group time, meaningful corporate worship moments,

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Today’s Truth

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.

(James 1:19, NIV)

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I was flying to a speaking event … a three-day conference. And I was already so tired and just wanted to sit quietly and take a nap. As I took my seat, I prayed that the person sitting beside me did not want to talk. I know. So spiritual.


A young man sat down beside me. We exchanged the usual greetings. As the plane took off I opened my book and pretended to be reading. But the words were jumbled and made no sense because I was that tired. A quick glance brought great relief. The young man was reading a book. Yes! I thought I was home free.


And then it happened!


The “Dump Here” sign on my forehead evidently

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Today’s Truth

“My sheep hear my voice… and they follow [obey] me.”

(John 10:27, NIV)

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Our fathers of the faith—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph—all knew about sheep. As shepherds, they knew how directionless sheep can be, how prone they are to wandering, to getting themselves stuck between a rock and a craggy place…to getting lost. Sheep need to be herded, directed, and led in order to live safe and to live well.


The same is true for you and me. I guess that’s why the Lord Jesus, when thinking of an analogy which would best describe us—from among all the animals He created—landed on sheep!


Like myself, most Believers I know want to be led by the Lord—to be in His will. The “big” question which looms large and loud in our minds is: “What is

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Today’s Truth

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

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Here’s a question. Do you think obedience to God is easy or hard? Hmmm. Obedience may seem hard at first, but in reality, obedience is the easy way. It is difficult to cope with the messes we get into when we don’t obey. The consequences of sin are hard to deal with. Think about the times you have disobeyed or turned your back on God. What were the results? Easy? Hard?


Satan will try and convince you that obedience is much too hard, that it carries too high a price, but he will never tell you the cost of not obeying God. He will never tell you the glory moments you will forfeit by refusing or ignoring God’s invitation

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Today’s Truth

‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’

(Matthew 3:3b, NIV)

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John the Baptist told God’s people to “prepare the way for the Lord” … to purify their hearts and get ready for Jesus to come, redeem, restore, heal, love, challenge, and change the world. (Matthew 3:3)


I read this and smile because I like preparing things. I like to cook. I love hosting gatherings, planning party details, and preparing for guests. My son recently graduated from high school and I spent countless hours prepping for the celebration we had in his honor. It was wonderful.


When presidents, dignitaries, and heads of state are going to visit a particular town they often send people ahead of them to make sure the area is made ready for their visit. This is a

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Today’s Truth

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

(James 1:3-5, NIV)

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Perseverance is essential in the Christian life. We do not mature without learning to persevere. And we do not learn to persevere without trouble and storms and problems.


Yesterday we talked about two keys to learning perseverance.



We must realize that trouble is normal.
We must remember that God is with us in our storm.
Look for God to use you in your storm.

In the storm? Yep – in the storm. God does not wait until you get through the storm to use you. He will use your while you are in the midst of your trouble if you will allow Him to do so.


Anybody can forecast how they will handle future trouble by naively declaring what they would do if

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Today’s Truth

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

(James 1:3-5, NIV)

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All of us have moments when we are overwhelmed by trouble. I remember many of these moments, but one stands out in particular. I was working for a ministry where I was finishing up my time there. I was sad about it. My husband Dan was going through major heart problems and was facing big time surgery. Our daughter was off the reservation, lost somewhere in her world of teenage rebellion. And our normally steady son was having his own crisis, breaking up with a long-term girlfriend and ready to quit playing college football. In short – I was over it! I was regularly turning to God and saying “Really? Really God?”


I know you have been there

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Today’s Truth

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

(Ephesians 4:2, NIV)

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We honked. Actually, we didn’t honk, but I really wanted us to. The woman ahead of us was — the slowest – drive through orderer – ever!!!


Add this to the fact that we had hungry kids in the back of the car, and a close call with a police officer who was still behind us, and people in gloves and masks all around…and all this made me nervous. C’mon lady. Move it.


Is she ever going to go? What is wrong with this person?!


My eyes toggled between the rearview mirror and the car ahead, as I tried to identify the issue. I leaned forward looking for an escape. Tension rose in my chest.


When we finally reached the Chick-Fil-A attendant, she immediately

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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