172018Jul
Imitating God

Imitating God

It is a fact that children learn a great deal of important things from their parents. We imitate them, or strive not to imitate them, depending on our experience growing up. Either way, we are strongly affected by what we see our mothers and fathers do and not do. The way a parent handles their…

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102018Jul
I am Like a Mockingbird

I am Like a Mockingbird

I have been really enjoying the red and blue birds that visit our backyard every day.  They like to perch on the trampoline, fly around the yard and rest in the trees that line our property.  Their vibrant red and blue color pops amongst the green foliage on the trees.  They stand out.  They display…

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32018Jul
What Is God Doing?

What Is God Doing?

What is God doing in my life? This is a question that I think we fail to ask ourselves enough. It is a simple inquiry, but if explored in depth and consistently, this question can ground us. It can provide hope. It can alleviate fears and anxiety. It can offer a sense of belonging and…

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262018Jun
From Broken to Beautiful

From Broken to Beautiful

Sea glass is broken pieces of glass, turned and tossed in the ocean.  It is carried to the shore by waves.  It shines and glistens on the sand and is found by passers by.  They are so excited about their find.  It is such a beautiful gift.    Something that once was whole.  Something that once…

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242018May
Less Control. More Peace.

Less Control. More Peace.

Less problems. More money. Less pain and sickness. A better job. More property. More connections. People doing what we want them to do. Subtle manipulative behaviors. Blatant manipulation. A sense of having control over our lives. Peace. It cannot be bought, created, or found in any of the ways mentioned above. Temporary periods that are…

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232018Jan
A Closer Look at Our Prayers

A Closer Look at Our Prayers

Prayer is a wonderful thing. It is communication between us and God. It is amazing that, by His grace, we have direct access to such a loving Father who actually wants to hear from us. He wants to speak to us, too. Why do we look up? I have noticed that I often tend to…

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122018Jan
A Plan to Be Abandoned

A Plan to Be Abandoned

I’m a planner. Some people might not even notice that about me. That is because most of the planning goes on in my mind. I don’t necessarily share my plans with those around me. The planning usually starts when my eyes open up in the morning. “Get up, floss, brush teeth, eat breakfast, work out,…

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132017Nov
Grace To Be Me

Grace To Be Me

I came across this picture with a quote that said: “GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING: The secret to being enough in a do-more world.” It goes along perfectly with the theme of grace we’ve been discussing in a small group we’re participating in at Hood Memorial Church entitled Freeway. In going through this the past several weeks,…

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22017Nov
Pray for Patience

Pray for Patience

Have you ever heard the comment, “Be careful what you ask for!”? I have heard this said many times when referencing what we pray for. One example is, “Don’t pray for patience!” It usually comes across as a warning, implying that if we pray for something in particular, God will somehow give it to us…

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232017Oct
New Mercies

New Mercies

I love lots of different types of music. So many emotions can be expressed through music.  I like listening to the words and trying to picture what the writer is painting with the lyrics.   Depending on where I’m at on life’s journey, I get different pictures from the same song at different times.  That happened…

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