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From SCARED to SACRED By Way of a Holy Perspective

I’ll admit right from the start…I’m a bit of a nerd…a word nerd, that is! I know, pretty geeky, right? But it is totally true. I love words. I love the sounds they make, the games they play, and the fun they have when perfectly positioned in a poem or in prose. I love rhymes, alliteration, and statements that stick. Yep, I even love grammar and the rules it imposes on words. It’s all fascinating to me, and oftentimes God will show me something in a word picture. In fact, He drew a picture for me with the two bold words in the title of this article by simply rearranging two letters, and what it spoke to my heart was pretty profound! Have you ever been scared? I know, I know… dumb question, right? We’ve all been scared. Scared to take that next step. Scared to make that phone call. Scared
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Come Here and Listen

As women who seek to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, hearing the still small voice of God through the written pages of His Word is something we crave. There comes a time in life when hearing anything other than His voice is no longer enough, a time when we long to be in His presence, when we need to come close and listen to His voice above all the distractions and chaos of life. In those moments, God calls us from where we are, to where we will be. For me, that moment was in the winter of 2011. We had recently moved into a new house and I was trying to establish a new routine. I know many of us have been there. Boxes, boxes, and more boxes were piled up crying out to be emptied, while at the same
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Afraid of the Dark? Turn on Your Night Light!

Were you one of those kids that didn’t like to go to bed at night because shadows and noises frightened you?  No matter what you did…hide under the covers…count sheep…sing out loud…your mind went wild with the images of scary monsters or cartoon villains. Thank God someone invented the “night light” for parents who were exhausted from the bedtime ritual of tucking their child in for the night only to hear them calling out, “I am afraid of the dark!”  Something magical happens when that little light shines just enough to dispel the exaggerated images created by ordinary furniture or imaginary creatures causing relentless fear.  It is amazing how one tiny light can bring such comfort. Even as adults, we find ourselves in dark places…where the enemy makes monsters out of shadows and we are emotionally frozen in our tracks with fear! It is then, when we find ourselves wide
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The Raging Sea of Insecurity

Have you ever felt insecure in your calling or position in life? Has there been days were you gaze at what lies on your plate and you think, “There is no way I can do this!” Maybe you’re a mama with little ones you are trying your best to tend to as your husband works out of town.  Or a mother facing the many daily challenges of educating and homeschooling your children. Perhaps you are a business woman with endless job demands that seem to grow more by the second, or even a wife that is in a season where she is called to love and care for her husband during a very difficult time. No matter your position I think we all as woman can relate to the intense and overwhelming feeling of insecurity in our abilities to move forward each day and manage all of life’s demands. These
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Rock of Ages

I woke up this morning with an old hymn going through my head. You may or may not be familiar with it – Rock of Ages. Just the familiar tune reminded me of when I was young and my siblings and I would crowd on the couch with my mother and we would sing a few hymns, pray, and read the Bible together. Those were the simple days, (at least they were for me,) where the greatest concerns were who got the blue dum-dum when we went through the bank drive-through, or whose turn it was to have a sleep over at Nana and Pap’s house. These days my concerns are greater (in my eyes) than the ones I had as a child. It seems that I have a long to-do list with a short amount of time. And that may be true, but even more-so, His grace is sufficient and the
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Gaze Upon the Cross

Have you ever gone star gazing? I mean not just stepping out into the night and casually noticing the stars, but really intentionally star gazing.  There is something extraordinary about the stars that turns our gaze up. Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to spend some time living on a sheep farm on the coast of New Zealand.  During the day, we spent our time on shepherding excursions, but at night, when the sun went down and the stars came out…and so did we! Led by a professional New Zealand star-gazer, we were taken to the pinnacle of a cliff on the coast and what a magnificent display of God’s creation we saw!  Against the dark of night, millions, if not billions of stars were visible to the eye as our gaze was fixed up.   Our guide pointed to the sky, naming constellations and connecting their stars with
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I Have Nothing God Can Use

My sisters were very talented. I had none! I could never compete with them. They could sing and play many musical instruments. One was an artist, and the other a public speaker. When my mother was asked what I could do in comparison to my sisters, she replied, “Ruth cleans the house well.” That wasn’t very flattering! How was God going to use me when I had so little to offer Him? When God asked me if I was willing to serve Him in ministry, I said “but, what can I do for you?” God replied, “Can you give a cup of cold water to a thirsty person?” All God wanted was my willingness to use what I already had, and He promised to bless it! “And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew
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