Embracing Uncertainty

“When we embrace uncertainty, it can be very liberating. If you can accept the uncertainty, it allows you to live life every day.” –Victor Gospodinoff My mom passed away last year—not from breast cancer though—she was a breast cancer survivor for over 15 years. I so miss her. Today, I remembered her funny little characters […]

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Walking through Failure to Success

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ~ Philippians 4:13 There’re many causes of failure. Sometimes failure results from something you did or didn’t do. There’re different kinds of failure. Failure can be serious and painful—other times stupid and embarrassing. Failure can be fleeting or have lifelong consequences. But rest assured, failure […]

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An Awesome Exchange: Beauty for Ashes

Sometimes we feel wounded, discouraged and defeated. Things happen that cause us to tremble within the deepest parts of our souls… where only God can see and give comfort. In times like those—we learn—from Isaiah 61:3 that God gives beauty for ashes. In biblical times, it was customary for people to sit in ashes. Or […]

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Struggling with Temptation

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.~James 1:3 Temptation is an attraction for… or a desire to do something—especially something wrong or unwise. No one can say… they have never been tempted. Biblically speaking, 1 John 1:8-9 tells us that when we say… we have no iniquity—we deceive ourselves. Yet, when we […]

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You Know My Name

And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. ~ Exodus 33:17  The other day, I was doing research for an educational brief that I’m writing. I came across many good resources and practices. However, […]

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The Power of Our Words

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. ~ Ephesians 4:29 Words can communicate infinite meanings. Whether through sign language, written, or in braille… But especially when spoken—words have spiritual energy. Words are powerful! Isaiah 55:11 […]

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The Nails of Jesus Christ

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. ~ Matthew 28:6 A simple object—the nail—shows just how powerful Jesus’ death on the cross was for us.  Crucifixion is one of the most painful and excruciating forms of punishment leading to death ever contrived. Jesus’ arms were stretched […]

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Remembering the Sacrifices: Promoting the Legacy

For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. ~ Deuteronomy 10:17 (NIV) February is Black History Month or National African American History Month. A time to emphasize the wealth of knowledge […]

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Sometimes You Have to Encourage Yourself

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 There are times in life […]

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Answering the Call of God

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: ~ Ephesians 1:11 God uses our strengths, weaknesses, heartaches, successes, failures, and experiences to shape our hearts and minds… In order to bring us closer to him and […]

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Nothing Shall be Impossible to Those that Believe

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. ~ Mark 9:23 Scientists estimate the probability of you—being born you—at about 1 in 400 trillion. The chance of you winning the Mega Millions lottery… 1 in 259 million. Those are amazing odds. Yet, here we are… and for those who play […]

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Behold a New You

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:19 When I was much younger, I was always in a hurry. I’d set goal after goal. Then complain to my brother about how […]

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You’re Not Forgotten on this Christmas Day

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? ~ Luke 12:6 This is my first Christmas without my mom. A day that is bittersweet. A day that I count my blessings and give thanks for my life, family, and friends. A day that is entrenched in […]

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The Greater Good: Perspective, Promise, & Prayer

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. ~ Romans 4:21 Years ago, I took a lay theology class. The theologian, who taught the class was fond of saying, “The devil is not creative. He takes what God has given us [to use] for good and finds a way to […]

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Dealing with Mean-Spirited People: Hurt People Who Hurt People

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, ~ Matthew 6:14 In the book Hurt People Hurt People, lingering childhood hurts and generational patterns of being hurt is what causes people to hurt others. In other words, people who are hurting… hurt other people. Through their mean-spirited behavior… they […]

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Wisdom Abandonment?

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. ~ James 3:17 Is wisdom still valued? We can google for information and have the data in seconds. And the knowledge gained from this data is all well […]

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God Still Hears the Sinner’s Prayer

The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. ~ Psalm 145:18 Sometimes we forget that God still hears the sinner’s prayer. Cloaked in self-righteousness and a judgmental mind, we forget to remember Mark 2:17. Where Jesus said “Those who are well have no need of a […]

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Noblest Dreams are Born in the Struggle

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. ~ Psalm 34:8 “It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings, that your noblest dreams are born, and God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you’ve been through” is a quote from Wintley Phipps. Profound words of wisdom […]

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My Daily Bread

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: ~ Proverbs 30:8 “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me my daily bread” a powerful and simple way to interact with the world. Yet, some practices embraced by many Christians, seem to seek […]

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The Ephemeral Nature of Life

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 When a loved one dies, rarely do we feel the time has been long enough. Compounded by circumstances, each bereavement has its own set of griefs. The sorrow of an unexpected death… the sadness from a gradual loss […]

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