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  • Remind Me…

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning;  great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23  One of the biggest lies that I tell myself is, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.” Then later that day, or week, I will remember that I said I wouldn’t need to write it down, but had forgotten what it was. Maybe you can relate… I am so guilty of being caught up in the moment when God meets me in the middle of my mess. I think I will remember that moment 10 years from now because, in that moment, it is so profound, and He feels so near. Sometimes, it is few months, or even just a few days later, I don’t don’t remember what all that moment held. I don’t remember any details, only that He was there. I think we, at
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    I Cling To You

    Many years ago when my daughter was in preschool, I attended a mom’s group with some girlfriends at a similar place in life.  Our children would play together and participate in various activities while we studied the Word and prayed for one another. It was one of those rich circles of friendship God knit together as we encouraged each other to follow Him. Many of the women in the group thought that my girlfriend, Lori, and I looked a lot alike. We are both fair, have similar hairstyles. We have similar personalities and we get excited about the same things. The women in the group were not the only ones who thought Lori and I resembled one another. It quickly became apparent that her three year old son, Andrew, did too. When Andrew needed some comfort or a reassurance, like all three-year-olds, he would run to his mom, grab hold
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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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    Be Still…And Move!

    Two words I have heard my entire life are, be still. As a child with way too much energy and a father with very little patience, those words decorated the air in my youth. “Diane be still at the table!”, “Diane be still in the car!”, “Diane be still, be still, be still!” It was very easy to understand what my father in essence was instructing me to do . . . he was basically telling me to stop moving!! Be still always meant the same thing . . . sit still, don’t move, and stop fidgeting. But now, as an adult, I hear the voice of a different father instructing me with those same words, and yet, I can’t help but feel they have a completely different meaning. The first time I read those words in the Bible was in the story of the Israelite’s exodus out of Egypt. The people
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    We took a trip to Florida recently and I was amazed at how I felt as I boarded the plane. It was same as when I boarded the shuttle bus that would carry us from long-term parking to the terminal. I kept waiting for the fear to rise but it never did. Not too long ago I was frozen on the ground. Merely observing a plane overhead caused me to panic. To actually fly made me physically ill and I’d obsess over the trip for months in advance. The night before a return trip home -just four years ago- saw me curled up on the bathroom floor, sobbing. It was irrational and I knew it, but the fear had me gripped in its claws. It no longer controls me. I still don’t like flying. I don’t like how it makes me feel; I get the same feeling on an elevator
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    The Color Purple

    “21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. 22 She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.” (NKJV) Proverbs 31: 21-22 Proverbs 31 is fairly well-known to us as it references what a woman who fears the Lord looks like. It paints a portrait of what we read and see as the perfect godly woman that we could ever aspire to be! Reading Proverbs 31 could even be overwhelming because we desire so much to be that woman who fears the Lord; we desire to be that godly woman. It can be easy to forget as we read that this passage is not a check list, but rather an example of the fruit which grows out of having a fear of the Lord. The Proverbs 31 woman is not meant to be this over-bearing goal, and to be that kind of a woman of
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    She Is Strong

    I heard the news that I was going to be a mom in a rather unconventional way.  My husband and I were waiting to board a flight when we decided to call home to check the answering machine one last time. There was a new message waiting for us, and when it hit my ears, it grabbed my heart. The adoption agency we were using to start our family had left a very short message. It simply said, ‘Please call us back. We have identified a baby girl for you.’ The call I had waited years to receive had finally come!  It was the moment that changed my life forever. Because of the path I walked on my journey to motherhood, I love to read about women in the Bible who walked a similar path…Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Samson’s mom. Notice something different about Samson’s mom. We are not given
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