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  • Saving Somedays

    September came almost without warning. I try to deny the coming changing of seasons, but this is almost impossible to do when everywhere I turn has harvest decor on display, and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air. As the days grow shorter, and the nights a bit cooler, I hold on to the last days of summer, intentionally taking the time to feel the warmth of the sunshine and savoring it as long as I can manage. I think about all the plans I had made for this summer that are yet unfinished, and try to cram as many of them as possible into these final days. Where did the time go? How did summer end so quickly, and how did I not see this coming? As this season is coming to a close, I long for it to last just a little while longer, and wonder why
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    How to Transition Well

    Change is inevitable. It happens to us all. The seasons of life change faster than we can keep up with them. Children grow up, move away, get married, and start having babies of their own that work their way into your heart. God promised us that the seasons of life would continue to emerge from one to another, so we could be aware and prepare for it. I want to transition well. How about you? “To EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMPC Every season of my life has provided so many precious, life-altering moments that are recorded in photo albums and ultimately embedded in my memory bank to recall during family gatherings and quiet moments of reflection. When we plan and prepare for a new season, the anticipation can be exciting and delightful. However, sometimes change comes without
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    Share Your Struggle

    I am usually pretty good at packing a suitcase. This summer, however, it was a whole different story!  For our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband and I went to Rhode Island to tour the old mansions and enjoy the tastes of the waterfront. We travel for food and we are not ashamed to say it! We arrived at our hotel, threw down our suitcases and headed out to explore the town.  It wasn’t until we stopped back at our hotel that I realized I had done the unthinkable! When I unzipped my suitcase and opened it up, what I saw took me by surprise!  Inside of my suitcase, there were NO clothes! I clearly remembered getting my clothes together, I just never had that moment when I put them in the bag! I was on my 25th wedding anniversary trip and I had forgotten to pack my clothes!   I
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    Are You a Spiritual Snob?

    Do you ever have those moments when a thought seems to come out of nowhere? I don’t exactly know where this thought came from, but as I was loading the dishwasher one morning, it just popped into my head. It really caused me to think, to examine my own heart. Sometimes in our Christian walk we get so caught up in ourselves that we forget that there is a whole world out there filled with lost people – people who need Christ. We surround ourselves with others who are just like us. Maybe it is out of fear. It might be because we don’t like being outside of our comfort zone. Or, maybe it is just easier to follow Christ when we are not challenged – it isn’t too hard to stand up for what is right when you are surrounded by people who pretty much think the same way
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    Limitless Living

    “If I only…”  or “If I had…”  or “If I didn’t” is the beginning of far too many sentences. It is the beginning of too many thought processes. It is the end of too many dreams, purposes, and untapped potential. I’ve been guilty of it – turning my dreams into something that is “practical” in order to one day see them accomplished. I take a great vision and break it down. In the name of being realistic, great dreams become dwarfed goals.  But what if we are just making excuses? I am finding that these “limitations” that we have, be it sickness, circumstances, culture, finances, or any other thing – it is merely a mask we wear because our real fear is having no limits. We keep this mask of inferiority and allow ourselves to be bound by our current circumstances which we find our comfort in, and then say, “For me to do _____(insert your greatest dream here)___, it
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    Standing in the Shaking

    Life certainly has a way of shaking us up!  Any one of us could write a paragraph, a chapter, really a whole book, as a testimony to the times when we have found ourselves in circumstances beyond our control — times in life where the shaking has been so extreme that we literally felt like we would fall and not be able to get back up. And we are not the only ones!  All through the Word of God, men and women experienced the shaking.  Those who were being put in position for God’s move in their lives experienced greater shaking than they could endure on their own. But their shaken places produced a strength and faith in their souls that served to bring them through. Those who trusted in the Lord made it through the shaking, and they didn’t just make it through. The made it through standing. They
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    Can Anything Grow in Hard Ground?

    God knows that even a believer passing through a winter season in life can develop hard ground, where growth is hindered, and it becomes difficult to break through.  Even though we have a personal relationship with Christ, and have been fruitful in the past, the cares of this life and the weight of a winter season can make our once fertile soil impenetrable. The enemy of our souls will do his best to take what was once a person of effective ministry and create a spiritual dryness that reduces us to barrenness. When our children were young, we lived in a neighborhood with a farm across the street.  Every spring the farmer would dig up the ground beaten down by the winter’s snow. Then, he planted seeds, hoping they would grow a crop of corn so he could harvest it in the fall. One year, we noticed that the farmer
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