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When I Let Go

“Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.” (Revelation. 3:20 Amplified Bible) Through the sadness of a friend struggling with the same issue (in disguise) I came to…

Looking Forward

“…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward….” (Philippians 3:13 Amplified Bible) Recently I made the decision to stop looking backwards. I met Jesus in my late twenties. I didn’t grow up “churched”; my family celebrated Christmas and Easter with big meals and family gatherings, never in church. I remember attending a couple of Vacation Bible…

Drifting

“A man plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.” (Proverbs 16:9, Amplified Bible) A change of seasons. Sometimes I’m tempted to feel I “missed” my life, dreams unrealized. Yet, looking back, I know I spent my days doing “what [was] right in front of me.”…

Listening

“Seek His face continually.” (Psalm 105:4b, New American Standard Bible) I wanted a couple new hand towels for the guest bathroom. Family was staying with us while they waited to close on their new home. The towels I originally bought (not the best to begin with) were starting to show their age. And somehow there…

Housecleaning

“Yet, the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love….” (Isaiah 30:18a, The Living Bible) There seem to be two different philosophies on housecleaning: the “on-going” philosophy and the “event” philosophy. Since opposites seem to attract, most households have one person in each philosophical camp. I can…

Hugging My Heavenly Father

“And I bowed low and worshiped the Lord….” (Genesis 24:48, New American Standard Bible) A dear friend of mine is a “child magnet.” Children, even those Dianne* has never met, gravitate to her. When she interviewed for a position as a reading specialist, the school principal showed her around the campus. Stopping in one of…

The Sacrifice

“‘…My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me….’” (Matthew 27:46, Amplified Bible) It’s almost Palm Sunday. That means Good Friday isn’t far behind. We think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us, as we should. But there was another sacrifice, one we often miss: the Father’s sacrifice. As a mother I cannot begin…

Grading on a Curve

“For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.”  Deuteronomy 30:11 NASB When I was in school there were times when I dearly wished the teacher would grade our papers “on a curve.” The “curve,” that famous grading system that allows what may have…

Anxious Waiting

“‘ … He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.’” (Deuteronomy 31:8b-c) For months Gail* had wrestled and worried about a debt that had fallen to her. Years ago to help Kevin* (one of their children) her husband had cosigned a loan for graduate school. There had been changes in…

A Silent Word

“The Lord your God is in the midst of you…in His love He will be silent….” (Zephaniah 3:17, Amplified Bible) Sometimes we over estimate the value of words. We may offer a word of praise or consolation hoping to encourage someone, or withhold a word of loving criticism to spare one’s feeling. Words have so…