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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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Learning to Live in the Present (Not the Past, Nor the Future)

It was a God moment. Occurring during a simple conversation, no fireworks or miracles present and yet, it was pivotal for us both. On a long over due lunch date with my sweet sister friend, we let down our walls, opened up about our real life struggles, and spoke from our hearts. As I was sharing with her my recent difficulties, I discussed what I believe is the God lesson I am currently saturated in…. learning to live in the present. Maybe to you that sounds like a fairly simple task, after all we are beings that do not travel back in time, nor do we leap into the future…at least not physically. But our thoughts seem to all together have different time traveling abilities. Even though we physically live in the present, in this very current moment, our minds spend the present dwelling on the past and being fearful
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Losing to Gain: Through the Prison to the Promise

“22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed Because His compassions fail not, 23 They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV) I’ve heard it said that, “There are a thousand things that God is doing  every time something painful happens to you. Most of these you do not know or understand, just as Job, Joseph, and Esther did not know what God was doing in their losses.” What would have happened if they didn’t recognize the brand new mercies of God in the midst of their pain and in the things that they didn’t understand as to why they were happening in their lives. What if Job in losing everything didn’t trust in the mercies of God? Would he have been blessed? What if Joseph, in the hurt of being sold by his brothers into slavery, falsely accused by his master’s wife, and thrown into prison, held onto
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