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Psalm 100, Part 4: Serving Others

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What if I told you serving others in the name of Jesus Christ is a form of worship AND can be instrumental in your healing? Would you believe me? Continue reading “Psalm 100, Part 4: Serving Others”

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Welcome To The Holiday Season

Holiday Season

Welcome to the Holiday Season.

The world’s on fast forward, and I feel like I’m standing still.

There’s a blur of activity around me, and I’m going in slow motion. I know I’m moving. I know I’m making progress. I know I’m getting stuff done…right?

Balance is a mirage in the distance. The pressures are unending and unrelenting. The tasks relentlessly demand to be seen, heard, and completed. I search for something to eliminate, anything to lighten my load, but I’m afraid everything will come crashing down like Jenga blocks if I pull one more thing out. Continue reading “Welcome To The Holiday Season”

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Psalm 100, Part 3: SHOUT!

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There were a solid 10 years I dreaded Thanksgiving. Not because I didn’t have something to be thankful for, but because there was (and still is) an emptiness. A void. An estrangement. That emptiness was like a vacuum, sucking out all the joy of the holiday and my life. But a few years ago, after a lot of healing, I decided I didn’t want that to be my reality anymore. I wanted something more. Continue reading “Psalm 100, Part 3: SHOUT!”

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The Empty Chair. Finding Joy this Holiday Season

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Finding joy in the holiday season can be tough. Sometimes, the joy isn’t found as much as it’s chosen.

For some, holidays are a struggle because unforgiveness in the family still resides or the personality conflicts haven’t been resolved. But for others, holidays are a reminder of loss. They magnify what or who is no longer there. Whether that’s a job, a home, a marriage, or a loved one.

In the last few weeks, I’ve shared devotionals on Psalm 100: First, we talked about WHY we should give God thanks–because He is our Creator and He is our Redeemer. Next, we’re going to dig into HOWs.

But before we do, I invited my friend December Orpen to share her story of seeking and choosing joy this holiday season. About 16 months ago her teenage son was killed in a car accident. Their grief is still there. The chair is still empty. The memories haven’t faded. Continue reading “The Empty Chair. Finding Joy this Holiday Season”

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Ask For God’s Best and Give Him Your Best

 

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Sometimes my kids are smarter than I am.

I don’t mean in the academic sense—although, that’s true in the math department.

What I mean is, there are times my children teach me about being wise and resilient. About giving something my best effort, even if it’s a long shot. About putting myself out there to determine where I stand among the competition. About identifying my weaknesses so that I can Continue reading “Ask For God’s Best and Give Him Your Best”

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Psalm 100, Part 2: Our God, Our Redeemer

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Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

Worship the Lord with gladness.

Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!

He made us, and we are his.

We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

go into his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good.

His unfailing love continues forever,

and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Psalms 100:1-5 NLT

 

GOD IS OUR REDEEMER!

This is the second reason WHY we should give our thanks to God, Continue reading “Psalm 100, Part 2: Our God, Our Redeemer”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

A Season of Refinement

1 Peter 5.10

The fire. The heat. It’s unbearable. I’m not sure I can endure it.

Will it consume me? Will I survive? Will I come out on the other side intact? I can feel the fear welling up inside me. The uncertainty. The dread.

I know I’ve asked God to remove everything in me that’s not honoring to Him. But this fire! I’m afraid it will destroy me. I’ve never experienced anxiety like this before. Or fear.

I’m afraid of something I can’t name—no that’s not true; I’m scared of something I don’t want to name.  Continue reading “A Season of Refinement”

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Psalm 100, Part 1: Our God, Our Creator

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I am in awe of the young woman before me. Over the last several years I’ve had the privilege of mentoring her and loving her like a daughter. And just recently she’s discovered a passion for Jesus that knows no bounds. She’s experienced His grace and healing in profound ways; and therefore, has every reason to give thanks.

“Cheyenne, how do I show God I’m thankful for what He’s done for me? I mean, it’s not like I can do anything for Him that He can’t do for Himself. He doesn’t need anything from me. He doesn’t even need me–yet Continue reading “Psalm 100, Part 1: Our God, Our Creator”

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Thankfulness: What Does Thankfulness Look Like?

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I appreciate it when people say “Thank You,” don’t you? When they take a moment to show they understand the time and attention you put into something for them, whether it’s a gift, making dinner, doing laundry, shopping, listening, teaching them something, offering counsel, etc. it feels good to be appreciated and valued, doesn’t it?

We’re continuously told to have an Attitude of Gratitude, and no other time does that concept get the center stage than in November. Continue reading “Thankfulness: What Does Thankfulness Look Like?”

Give Away

NEW REALITY by LISA YOUNG GIVE AWAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Giveaway October 2017_1 WinnersI love giving away excellent books that encourage spiritual growth and development.

New Reality by Lisa Young

is one such book.

Thank you too all who participated! Here are our winners!

Angela Gruber

Caroline Harries (http://in-due-time.com)

I hope you love this book as much as I did! Blessings!!