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Comparison is a Thief

Comparison is a Thief

“I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering: . Jeremiah 29:11 CEV We must be careful about comparing our lives to others. When we do, we tend to lose sight of what God is doing in our own lives. God is a God of purpose. He knows…

The Sun Shines

The Sun Shines

Do you find yourself withholding love or rewards from people because you don’t like them? “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on…

I Only Need You, Lord

I Only Need You, Lord

“When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing”. –Psalm 145:16 NLT Who considers these words enough? The hand of God being my chief provision and storehouse, is it not a shame to be anxiously careful for anything? Has the Lord all things in His hand? Then surely I…

God’s Strength to Persevere

God’s Strength to Persevere

Tears and driving don’t mix, so I talked to God.  I need to lean into His strength…and His compassion. I drove home the other day almost in tears. No reason really. Just. Life. You know those days? You’re handling what comes your way without upset, taking the unexpected issues in stride, keeping up with the…

Fill’er Up

Fill’er Up

Lord, May I look to you daily for the filling of your Spirit as you empower me to do your will.  “Be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18b Whenever driving in Oregon, U.S.A, I sit in the car while the gas station attendant comes out to the car and asks, “Fill’er up?” Oregon is one…

Getting Charged Up

Getting Charged Up

Stay spiritually fresh. Stay connected with God. Keep your spiritual batteries charged. “…be prepared in season and out of season…” 2 Timothy 4:2 For some time, we have known they were coming, but when the first one in town opened this week across the street from my office, I just stood and stared. I am…

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

Have you ever looked at someone and thought, He’s so lucky or her life is so easy? “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. …

All You Can Do

All You Can Do

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,”  James 1:2 Charlie lost both legs, his left arm, and all but a finger and thumb on his right hand from a terrible crash.  At first Charlie thought he could no longer do anything for God.  Painfully, he could still write. Could God…

Reconciliation

Reconciliation

Jesus reconciles both us and our enemies to God, because all who come to God must come through Jesus. “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinance, that he might…

God Knows our Deepest Needs

God Knows our Deepest Needs

God knows the depths of our possibility, the depths of our potential. God knows the depths of our capacity and the depths of our destiny. “Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it is Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.” Genesis 32:28 (Msg) The story of Jacob speaks to…