Living UP! in the Hard Times

Life. It’s often hard, always a gift, sometimes quite unpredictable. Yet in the middle of our life situations God is with us. As we follow Him, the journey of life, whether good or bad, becomes a sacred one–set apart for His will and His glory. If we could...
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Are you paying attention?

I had been there before. The winding road that leads to the property was familiar, or so I thought. Infact, so familiar that I never considered asking for directions.  I just jumped in the car and set out for my destination. No GPS, no written instructions, no address. Just me...
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Joy is promised after the pain…

I am about to enter a new season…Grand-parenting! I am going to be a grandmother very soon! Yipee! My beautiful step-daughter Ashley is having a little boy and is in labor today. Oh, how I wish she didn’t have to go through what she will endure in the next few hours....
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Keep Calm and Continue in Him

My eyes opened once again to pain. With no position comfortable I shuffle about trying to find relief. The past few days were good, but not today. Pain, the kind that even hurts when you breathe, the kind that robs your thoughts and threatens to steal the brightness of a new day,...
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The dance of hiding…

I don’t know why, but most of us have learned to hide…. Hiding is empty–a far cry from the life of abundance and freedom that God created us for. Simon Tugwell wrote, “We hide what we know or feel ourselves to be behind some kind of appearance which we...
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why problems?

Everyone wants to be happy. But it is the pursuit of happiness that often causes us to remain spiritually immature. Life is more than good times and sunny days. Problems are part of life, but problems can change our life. The Apostle Paul even went as far as saying, ” I...
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Expectations of the heart

I don’t understand why we expect people to be everything in our lives, when only God can fill the empty places of a soul. Yet, if we were to be honest all of us have experienced placing high expectations on people, while living with low expectations towards God. Yesterday...
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When stuck between love and hate

I don’t understand how life and relationships get so messed up. Regularly I talk to people who are holding on tightly to past hurts, bitterness towards others and deep feelings of misunderstanding. Like me, in these times, they feel frustrated and unable to figure out what...
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I don't understand…

I wish I could count how many times I have heard someone say…I just don’t understand. When life is good and the road is clear we move along with ease. But when hit with a disappointment, bad news, or bad behavior by someone towards us, it rocks us. We take a step...
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As the year ends…

“Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet...
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