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  • Created to be Filled

    There’s a picture frame in my office on a shelf. I bought it a few months ago, and I am almost embarrassed to say, it’s never been filled. I had a plan when I purchased it. There was an empty space on the shelf that needed to be filled, so I ran to my favorite discount store, found a great frame that matched the office, brought it back and filled the space… …but that filling created a new space, a new empty space. The frame was empty, and now it needed to be filled. The Bible begins in Genesis with a chapter full of empty spaces. In fact, we find Genesis 1 stating that the earth was empty, so God started creating spaces in the emptiness…the skies, the seas, the land. God created empty spaces, and then He went to work to fill them. What God created, He filled…birds for
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    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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    Finding Jesus on Vacation

    It’s my favorite time of year. The time when everything starts to slow down, when days are filled with sunshine, and when everyone in the family is eagerly anticipating the highlight of the year . . . vacation! Over the years we have traveled to many different destinations for our annual family vacation, but Florida, by far, has always been the fav! Gorgeous white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and Disney World are enough reason to want to put this vacation place on repeat. But, besides all the alluring attributes of this vacation destination, there is still one more reason I love to visit Florida, and that is because Florida is my Holy Land. Fifteen years ago, a much younger, more broken version of me, went on vacation to Disney World, clueless to the fact that my life was about to change forever! I had no idea that when my
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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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