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That was the name of a sermon and exposition of Philippians 4 written over 40 years ago written by Dr. Homer Lindsay. At the time I was attending his church but ended up in the psychiatric ward after an auto accident. My husband was in in Viet Nam and my life was a mess. I would read it over and over but couldn’t get it. I was sure I was the exception. It is amazing that we look for loop holes when our lives do not line up with the word of God. Instead we should look at what detour…

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Hope deferred makes the heart sick. It can cause a broken heart. Deferred simply means delayed or displaced. It doesn’t mean that the thing we are hoping for is not coming. It means we don’t set the timetable. I think this is the real issue. Who is God? Me or Him? Who am I to tell Him when it should be happening when He was getting all the ingredients together for the final project? It reminds me of the presumption of Job. Hope displaced can set us on a never ending roller coaster ride from hopeful to hopelessness. Double-mindedness sets…

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There’s an old song form the 60s called You Talk Too Much. The lyrics begin with: You talk too much You worry me to death You talk too much You even worry my pet You just talk Talk too much  Ever know someone like that? Keeping our mouth closed when we think we know something that maybe no one knows can sometimes be hard. There is an urge to tell you, because I wanted you to think I am discerning, perceptive and, well, just plain smart. There are times when God asks us NOT to talk. And Joshua had commanded the people,…

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Have you lived through a desert time in your life when your very soul seemed parched? The older you get, the more you have confidence that the rain will come. This season has been a most unusual one for me. Again I think part of it is my age. This wasn’t my first rodeo with the enemy. But even on the worst day, I had confidence that it will be over and I will be stronger for it. I will even be as bold to say that this season is preparing me for something. It has been a time for soul searching,…

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One of my favorite pieces of encouragement is when Daniel set his heart to seek the Lord in fasting and in prayer. And after twenty-one days, the angel came to Daniel and said, “From the day you first called unto God I was dispatched to bring you the answer; but lo, the prince of Persia captured me and held me until finally Michael, that great prince, came and set me free and now I am come to reveal unto you those things that you desire to know of God.” This great spiritual warfare that was going on hindering the answer to…

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The other night I was alone. So I watched a marathon of Save My Bakery, not something the guys would have enjoyed. In every episode, the owner was very close to going out of business. Yet in each case, they did not want to change. They were insulted by the suggestions of renowned sugar specialist Kerry Vincent. When they relented,  Kerry helped get the establishment back on its feet. In each case, serious changes were needed and that meant they could no longer do things they way it had been done for a decade or more. When they yielded to change, success happened. That…

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There comes a time in life when you have to lay down everything that is holding you back and go for it. Hebrews 12:1 says, Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us Our races and weights may be different, but none of us can do what God has set before us unless we lay down all of the weights that we have picked up over…

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Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not from me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to their sin (Isa 30:1): They knew that Assyria was marching. They went into full panic mode. They had to DO something. They didn’t turn to God because they had more confidence in flesh and blood. They decide instead to make a pact with the Assyrians. They wanted a quick fix. But the prophet said it’s stupid to call on Egypt for help, because Assyria’s going to wipe out…

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I have been fighting some ailments since Thanksgiving. None singularly are worthy of note, but when they joined hands, they knocked me for a loop. The hardest is the dizziest and “loopy” brain that is affected by blood sugars. I cannot drive and so have lost some independence, BUT none of this permanent. I will get to the other side. No idea when, but I will. This morning I talked to a dear friend who gave me an update and prognosis on his wife. They are dear friends. Later as I lay in bed, I thought of her laying in…

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Ray arrived from his load less than a minute before my doctor’s appointment. The first thing he said was, “Babe, you look so much better.” I asked him if he had lost his mind. I looked like a bus hit me. Right on cue the doctor walked in and said, “You sure look better today than you did last week.” A week ago she had them give me three IVs to get my electrolytes up. They were dangerously low. So what was I seeing? I was focused on the symptoms, feelings and pain. That focus will skew reality. It is…

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