A forced pause, and time to ponder

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Reading: Luke 2:1-21  Luke 2:19 tells us, “Mary pondered these things in her heart.”  The amplified version of the Bible tells us: “But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart.”  To ponder means to weight in the mind, to think on…to reflect. John 1:14 , “andRead more

A long wait, and a Christmas promise

Isaiah 9:6, ““For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” These words are overwhelming to me. A prophetic gift handed out 700(ish) years before Jesus Birth. Can you imagineRead more

Back to the heart of giving gifts…

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We have neighbors that have a beautiful, yet simple nativity scene. It’s white – only white. They set it out in the front of their home and they put a spot light on it so in the dark of the night as you drive by their home you see a simple reminder of Jesus’ birth.Read more

What to do when you don’t want God’s plan.

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Self-Love is it instinct, or is it learned? What image comes to mind when you think of self-love? The importance of loving yourself is magnified by popular culture in its emphasis that we must learn to do it. 1)      Thinking on that emphasis – how would you define self-love? 2)      What are your thoughts whenRead more

God gave you a purpose? Now what do you do?

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This is a picture of my vision board – don’t laugh…actually – go ahead let’s laugh together, I realize it’s blank, leading a person to sarcastically wonder, what sort of vision is this? Give me a moment to explain – the fact that I now own this MASSIVE (blank) pin board is a HUGE deal.Read more

Rains and Valleys, how to survive the unlivable.

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Matthew 5:45 ‘…It rains on the just and the unjust alike.’ – This is one of those statements in the Bible that just doesn’t make sense to me? Elsewhere in the same book, we are told that God is good, His plan for us is good, and what the Devil intends for bad – GodRead more

Prayerful Parenting – Day 12

Humble defined by the Urban Dictionary says is is– ‘an admirable quality that not many people possess. It means that a person may have accomplished a lot or be a lot but doesn’t feel it is necessary to advertise or brag about it.’ I like this definition – not because I’m a humble person, it’sRead more

Prayerful Parenting – Day 11

1 Samuel 16:7 ‘But the Lord said unto Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height.’…The Lord doesn’t look at things the way you see them. People judge by the outward appearance. But the Lord looks at the heart.’ Let’s be honest – adult or student, no matter the age or setting – there isRead more

Prayerful Parenting – Day 9

Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, he will show you which path to take.’ These words are packed full of difficult tasks: 1)      Trust – to trust here means to place our confidence in God. A GodRead more

Prayerful Parenting – Day 8

Philippians 4:13 ‘For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.’ We’re stepping into Day 8 of our prayerful sendoff back to school 2018. I fell in love with this verse after my husband and I welcomed one of our children into this world. After being released to live life as usualRead more