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I am spending the weekend with my mother in South Carolina. Today I could not escape the paradox between my having my mother for 71 one years while my granddaughters, Christin and Curstie, lost their mother four years ago today at ages 18 and 20. I know the things my mom walked alongside me during my adulthood. They weren’t always perfect moments, but she was there. There are so many motherless mothers. Can we not come alongside them and help them as they raise their children and have their struggles? This has become a mission of mine. Sometimes the distance  is…

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I have thinking the last couple of days about the word, “yada.” Years ago when we lived outside of Dallas, I studied it and it has been one of those words that serves as a plumb line in my walk with the Lord. Be still and know that I am God. Ps. 46:10 Yada means to know intimately as a husband and wife know each other. It is not to know of someone, but really know them. To reach that level of intimacy, I must be still. This kind of still requires not only that I stop, but that I…

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I have been reading Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Uninvited:Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely. Honestly I had to read half the book to figure out how to lived loved. Once I grasped it, it was so clear. Lysa said in a recent interview: “To me, living loved gives back the best of who I am by reinforcing the best of what’s been said to me. It means embracing the beautiful essence of how God made me, who we are, and what we’re destined for. There is a chart in the book that people can use called…

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Last Tuesday we hit a 1,00 subscribers. Now I am realistic enough to know that it doesn’t mean 1,000 people are reading this blog daily , maybe more like a 100.  Nevertheless, it was an affirmation. Later that day a friend who knew nothing about the 1,000 subscribers sent me $1,000. Now I pay attention when something repeats itself. It may or may not have meaning. I sent a quick note thanking her and telling her about the 1,000 subscribers. She wrote back, “God loves thousands,” with the scripture, “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon…

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Hope deferred makes the heart sick. 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 in. It can even progress into anger against…

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I was reading Revelation 2 and 3 again this morning. Once again I was struck by the fact that He says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Now any time the Bible repeats itself, it is time to pay attention. Revelations isn’t the first time Jesus said this. Jack Kelley said, “This phrase appears 7 times in the gospels; 8 if you count Mark 4:23. (Most modern translations omit that one.) Two are duplicates of Matt 13:9 having to do with the Sower and the seed. A variation, “he who has an ear” appears 7 times in…

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A week ago I had a “favor party” where mostly moms came and made favors for an upcoming baby shower. It was an impromptu thing because of my husband’s schedule. Afterwards I heard complaints from those who weren’t invited. The implication was I had deliberately excluded them. I had to laugh because I am just not that organized. I texted young moms. If you weren’t on my text or Messenger contact list, you didn’t get invited. I was getting uptight and this was supposed to be fun. So I began to hear a lot of self-accusation yakking in my ear.…

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One of the most powerful thing about the gospel is that it liberates people from the concept that God dwells in any building. That will challenge some. I can remember as a child how proud I was of our church. I thought the church was the building I went to. I had no real understanding that the church was the people. In Acts 7 Stephen reminded the Jews of the journey of the tabernacle and how it was full of pagan idols that did please God. He reminds them of Solomon’s temple. Then he challenges them by saying, “Howbeit the…

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  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27 When flying, there are pre-flight instructions. It’s the oxygen mask instruction that gets my attention. The masks drop down from above you if something happens to the air pressure. They tell me I have to fit my own mask first before helping infants or the elderly. I’ve always felt that the airlines have got it the wrong way round. Surely I have…

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 There are seasons in our lives when so much is going on often coming at us from directions that we wonder why. We do a quick checklist of what we have done, we repent, but the barrage continues. Now we have a choice. Go up or go down. The choice is ours.  We each have 24 hours a day. We can choose to be happy or depressed. As a young adult, I was hospitalized several times for depression. So I am not dismissing the seriousness of it. However, I gave more power to depression than to joy. I became overwhelmed…

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