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  • Posts By: Ruth Puleo

    Making It Big

    What is my goal in life?  How will I know I have been successful? We are bombarded with social media, news reports, and magazines that constantly create an image of what success looks like. If you are famous, have money, are followed and sought after, that means you have “arrived.” People who win a prize, beat the record, or make a discovery, have achieved what someone else did not. Is that what it means to be successful? These are not just secular measurements for achievement, it is in the Christian culture and lingo as well. We are encouraged to “Dream Big,” to long for “MORE,” and to “go the distance.”  All of this is Biblical and in-line with God wanting His children to have faith to see great things accomplished. But, for who and why? It is so easy to get side-tracked and focus on ourselves, rather than God.  There
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    Can I Love Like Jesus?

    I will never forget when God changed the way I viewed people…flawed people…people who hurt me. It had been a long, hard journey with our youngest daughter who was suffering with chronic daily pain. Her discomfort was so severe that she had to drop out of High School. We made every attempt to home school when she could focus enough to read her lessons. It was hard to watch her vomit for hours and beg for silence in the dark just to cope with such severe discomfort. I did everything I knew to do!  I took her to doctors, tried many medications and treatments, including several hospitalizations to break the pain syndrome, but none of the medical efforts relieved or lessened the intensity of her suffering. After three years of watching her struggle with no cure in sight, I sat on the porch filling out disability papers to ensure we
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    Don’t Let Satan Blow it Out!

    Growing up in church we enthusiastically sang, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”  But, my favorite verse was “Don’t let Satan blow it out…NO! I’m gonna let it shine.” Looking back, I can see that I enjoyed being able to yell as loud as I could the word “NO.” Jesus reminds us in Matthew 5:14-16 that “You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”   But, so often, we are used by God, we shine His light in many places and then something happens, and our light goes out.  Unfortunately, those who are in the “spotlight” are often a target for the enemy! He knows if he
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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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    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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    I Said the Unthinkable!

    No, I didn’t use a swear word or rant and rave like a maniac. But, for most of my life I have had people say things to me that took me off guard and I didn’t know what to say in response. Afterwards, I could think of a hundred things I wished I had said but it was too late. Then, just like Kathleen Kelly told Joe Fox in the movie You’ve Got Mail, it happened to me… “I was able, for the first time in my life to say the exact thing I wanted to say at the exact moment I wanted to say it. And, of course, afterwards, I felt terrible, just as you said I would.”   Have you been there?   People today are expressing themselves in ways and on levels they never have before. Social media now allows individuals to toss verbal grenades while multitudes
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    Finding YOUR Place

    When you travel a lot, you find some pretty interesting places.  While driving through a rural area in the south, I saw a restaurant with this sign attached “There is no place like this place, so this must be THE PLACE.”  The name of the restaurant was “The Place” so the sign made perfect sense.  You might be thinking, “oh how I wish it was just that easy to find the place God has for me.”  If God would provide a ‘sign’ or a GPS signal, a map or a ‘star’ would make it so much easier to know for sure you have arrived at the place where God wants you. One thing is for sure, God wants us to be in the right place.  He has promised to direct our steps and lead us to the place of fulfillment, opportunity and service.  But, we do need His guidance, instruction
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