Come and Rest

Come and Rest

I traveled down the mountain toward home with a heavy heart. The heaviness not borne of my own troubles, but of someone else. And while I have no idea what her burdens were (or may still be), I felt the overwhelming need to pray for her. Although the verses seemed to be for her, they comforted me as well. I knew my good, good Shepherd was speaking to me. I pray you hear Him speaking to you, too, through these, His words. And you find rest for your soul as well.
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To Believe or Not To Believe?

To Believe or Not To Believe?

Sometimes my brain feels like it is pacing back and forth. The burdens on my heart fill my mind and I cannot decide which way to go with the things I have become privy to. But, I was reminded this weekend of what belief is. Yes, I know we talked about this just a couple of weeks ago. But it bears repeating. Faith is belief in action. I want to focus on the word “belief” though. Belief is what you know to be true. It doesn’t mean you have faith in it; it just means you believe in its existence and it could happen.
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Through the Valley of the Shadow

Through the Valley of the Shadow

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 What is the scariest, darkest thing you can imagine going through? Maybe you’ve already gone through it. In the allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress, there is a point in which Christian must walk through The Valley of the Shadow of Death. As he looks at the valley, he knows he does not want to go through this dark place. But he is assured that if he stays on the road and does not look to the left or right, he will get across this valley safely. This valley is so dark, deep, and scary, there are times when Christian cannot even see where his foot will land when he takes the next step. He hears voices. He’s even overcome by “the wicked ones” who whisper grievous words in his ears and he cannot tell if they are coming from his own mind, or where the accusations are truly coming from. Is this sounding familiar to anyone? I know I’ve certainly been in this valley. I’ve walked it more times than I care to admit to or count. But I want to assure you of this one thing: God is with you. Through every single moment of this darkness, God is right there with you.
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Faith Walkin’

Faith Walkin’

Faith is not a feeling. It’s an action. Is there something in your life you really want to change? You dream about it. You buy things that will fix the problem but never get around to using them? Maybe you watch videos, sign up for classes, pray all the prayers, practically beg God to change the situation, and maybe you even promise something if he’ll just provide you with what you need to do it. Oh my sister-friend, how I can relate. It’s hard to step out in/on faith. Isn’t it? But that’s just the essence of faith for the believer. Faith, without putting in the work, is dead. In other words, when we put into practice what we believe, that is faith in action.
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A Hovering Spirit About Me

A Hovering Spirit About Me

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2 I’ve been drawn to this verse for days now. Mulling it over, pondering its message. What truly captured my heart are these words: “the spirit of God was hovering...” Hovering. At first, I thought he was stationary because by its very definition means “to float in the air without moving in any direction.” But consider how other translations say it... “But the spirit of God was moving over the water.” Moving. It’s hard to stay still and move at the same time.
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Put Your Past In Your Past

Put Your Past In Your Past

Guilt is the glue that holds you to your past. ~Liza Shaw, Therapist I’m wondering what kind of guilt you are holding onto today? What is it that you cannot seem to let go of? No matter how hard you try, it keeps coming back. Like a boomerang, you throw it upon the Lord but next thing you know, there it is again, eating at you. I had been clinging to the guilt of what I thought were mistakes and sins. Yet she reminded me of this one important fact: “When you give it to God, he takes it away right then. Don’t you want that?”
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All I Want To Do Is Praise You

All I Want To Do Is Praise You

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:33-34 As I thought about writing tonight I realized, all I really wanted to do was write a praise poem. All I wanted to do was praise the Lord! And I wanted you to do the same. Will you join me? I’ve put on my headphones and I’m searching out songs of praise.
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Crawling Into a Hole and Hiding

Crawling Into a Hole and Hiding

Her little black face peeked out from under my daughter’s bed. We had been looking for Inky for a couple of hours. It’s hard to find a black kitty in darkened corners and under beds. Inky and one of our other cats, Scooter, do not get along at all. Well, it’s more that Scooter doesn’t like Inky. In any case, Inky had gone into hiding. There are times I wish I could be just like Inky and crawl in a hole and hide. I’m sure I’m not alone. Sometimes it seems hiding from the world and from responsibilities of life is the best thing I can do. While it may be okay for us to go into hiding from time to time, the question is, are we using this time to refuge in the Lord? Or, are we using it as our own protection from the world? One is God focused, one is self-focused.
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Captivated by Comfort

Captivated by Comfort

What would you do if you were taken from your home, forced to live in a strange land under a tyrannical king and treated horribly for years on end? That would be quite the oppressive situation, wouldn’t it? In the days of the prophet, Jeremiah, Israel had been taken captive. They no longer lived in their promised land. Jerusalem had been completely destroyed along with the temple. You might be familiar with some of King Nebuchadnezzar’s antics if you know the stories of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And while I don’t have the space or time here to go into their whole ordeal as captives in a strange land, I would like to point you to their triumph of being returned to their promised land.
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