In the Master’s hands

Years ago when God began prompting me to begin a speaking ministry, I balked big time. I was like Moses, who refused to speak for the Lord because he was “slow of speech and tongue.” Even when God reminded him that it was God who gives man speech, Moses shrank back....

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Contributing to the Kingdom

Thinking again to that “me” mentality… Have you ever stopped to consider that God’s will for you isn’t so much about you as it is about His kingdom? Challenges or experiences that we encounter can teach us or prepare us for what waits ahead, like a weight-lifter...

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Imitating the Father

We definitely live in a “me first” society. Everybody’s looking out for number one, and whatever brings instant satisfaction (regardless of the consequences for others) seems to be the rule of the day. That’s the direct opposite of what God wants for us. He KNOWS what...

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Step out in faith

Along with dozens of others at my church, I am doing the Experiencing God Bible study by Richard and Henry Blackaby. We’re one week into the study, and I already suspect this is going to be very enlightening. In each lesson, there’s been a “nugget” that jumped out at...

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His loving care

In Biblical times, a good shepherd never approached his flock without a rod and staff. With the rod he guided his sheep or used it to protect them; with the staff, he helped rescue them from dangerous places. My Good Shepherd provides me with guidance and protection....

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A wonderful source of comfort

When it's cold outside (and these days it is c-c-cold in Kansas!) I find comfort in the warmth of my fireplace. The ache in my arthritic joints eases when the fire's heat reaches me. When my heart aches, I have a place to find comfort, too--God's word. The Bible is...

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The more we seek Him…

This was my focus verse several years ago, and it's one I still treasure. Have you ever spent time observing someone you admired? Even without intending to do so, we begin to emulate that person, taking on some of their mannerisms and behaviors. This is exactly what...

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Never powerless

Look at that little bear peeking out from behind the tree. Doesn't he appear to be thinking, "It's a great big world out there...and I'm not ready to face it!" I've had that thought when I've read about terrorist attacks or I've let myself dwell on the way society...

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God inhabits praise

When my heart is heavy or I'm battling pain--emotional, spiritual, or physical--I've learned a simple pick-me-up: I sing praise songs. One after another. You see, God inhabits praise, so when I lift my voice in praise and adoration, He infuses me. When He infuses me,...

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Never powerless

Have you ever felt as weak as a newborn kitten? Sometimes life overwhelms us and we quaver beneath the weight of conflict and heartache. But this I have learned: When I am weak, I can lean into Him and He will sustain me. I am never powerless because I am His.

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