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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Musing the Bond between Fate and Faith

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28 Fate is a very complex idea. We’re not the sovereign masters of our fate… Only God is sovereign. Even the things that we sometimes call fate is […]

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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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The Favor of Being Graced by God

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: ~ Ephesians 2:8 In our… it’s all about me… self-made state of mind. We sometimes remember that we didn’t make ourselves. In humility, we see our smallness in the vast universe. We thank God for feeling the harmony […]

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Staying Inspired for Good Works

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: ~ Hebrews 10:24  One of the best ways to inspire others… is to let them see that we’re inspired. But, staying inspired as we grow older is much easier said than done. Every disappointment, heartache, or failure chips away at our […]

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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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Kindness is Contagious

With lovingkindness have I drawn thee. ~ Jeremiah 31:3 Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It’s expressed when you genuinely act friendly, generous, or considerate. It involves compassion, tender concern, and uprightness in both thoughtfulness of heart and thoughtfulness of action. What’s interesting about kindness is that it always involves an action. For […]

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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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Be Anxious for Nothing

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7 For as long as we live, we face the cares of life. Those thorns […]

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For the Love of God

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16 For the love of God, we proclaim, journeying along this way. Endowing us with wisdom, to love one another, day-by-day. Let us find grace, peace, and favor […]

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Brave Cowards  

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  ― Nelson Mandela Yesterday, the idea… “Brave men and women without honor and cowardly men and women with honor all look the same, because […]

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Reprobate Silver Shall They Be Called

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. ~ Titus 1:16 Apostle Paul stated in Romans 7:21 that he’d discovered… this principle of life… that sometimes, even when he wanted to do what’s right, he inevitably did what’s wrong. That’s human nature. […]

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