Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

I have had periods in my life when I was faithful and other periods when I was stubborn, hard headed and rebellious.   When I was a rebel, my life ended up in shambles around my feet.  When I was faithful, God was faithful right back to me. So, what is faithfulness? Dictionary.com describes faithfulness as: Strict or thorough in the […]

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Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

Recently, I had a huge decision to make.  However, I found myself worrying. I worried about a variety of scenarios that may take place.  But, none of them have. If they do, God has proven time and again to me that He will provide. Still, I find myself worrying about the future. Statistics prove that we worry about 85% of […]

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Faithful Heroes: St. Augustine of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo is considered one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity. One contemporary said of him, Augustine “established anew the ancient Faith.” Augustine was born in 354AD in Roman Africa. His father Patricius, was converted to Christianity on his deathbed, and his mother Monica, was a devout Christian. “He tells this story in his autobiography, The […]

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Praying for Our Enemies

I previously shared why we should forgive those that hurt us.  But God calls us to go even a step farther and pray for our enemies. Again, this is easier said than done. I have had several situations in which I was deeply betrayed by others I trusted and loved.  This hurt deeply.  But, I chose to forgive the and […]

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Behind the Hymn: Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken is a popular hymn that was written by Eleanor Farjeon. Farjeon was born on February 13, 1881 in London, England.  She came from a literary family and was an author of children’s stories and plays, among numerous other literary pursuits. Known as ‘Nellie’ to her immediate family, she was a sickly child who suffered from poor eyesight […]

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Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

It’s easy to say “I’m good”, but what are we down deep when no one is looking. Those secret thoughts and actions that no one sees or knows about.   Are they good?  What would our family, friends, and acquaintances say if they knew?  Would they define these acts as good? Yet, is good an act or feeling we can explain? […]

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When Fear is Bestowed in Us

I have had dealings with others that have led to insecurities. I had a job where the CEO sat as a Queen in her office.  I’ll admit that although I am no longer there, even today this leads me to nervousness when dealing with those in charge. I even confessed this to my boss one day, when she noticed the […]

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Faithful Heroes: Saint Perpetua

We have been taking a look at those mentioned in the Hall of Faith, found in Hebrews 11. We began with those Paul mentioned by name, moved to those he described and finished with the faithful in the New Testament who deserved to be in the Hall of Faith. We are now moving through history to those who are considered […]

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Clearing the Air with our loved ones

After two decades of struggling and bad decisions, healing and transforming my life has taken almost a decade.  I’m far from perfect and still have many areas in which I am continuing to work and improve. However, it has only been recently that conversation has began to open up between my loved ones and myself about what happened then. For […]

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Behind the Hymn: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise was written by Walter Chalmers Smith, a pastor of the Free Church of Scotland. Smith was born on December 5, 1824 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  He studied at the University of Aberdeen and New College in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was an ordained minister at Chadwell Street Scottish Church in London and several churches in Glasgow […]

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Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

  Recently, I had someone thank me for my kindness.  To me, the act I performed was done without thinking and second naturally.  However, to this person it meant everything. Dictionary.com defines kindness as: The state or quality of being kind A kind act; favor Kind behavior Friendly feeling, liking   When we show kindness to others, we are providing […]

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Confessions of an Overachiever

I have a confession to make.  I’m an overachiever. I have a habit of taking on too much and longing to accomplish too many things, both in my professional and personal life. I’ve found myself lately, praying and asking God to take away these desires that are not of His will.  But, letting go of fleshly desires are not easy. […]

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Hall of Faith: Paul, Lived His Own Hall of Faith

Paul, was the author of the Hall of Faith found in Galatians. However, his own life was based on faith and he could very well be listed in the Hall of Faith. As I wind up the Hall of Faith series and prepare for the Heroes of Faith series, I could think of no one better than the apostle Paul […]

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We often Lash Out at Those We Love Most

When we are hurting the person we often lash out to the most is those that are closest to us. With those people, we feel free to be ourselves and show our hurt. But, it is often easy to unintentionally hurt that person in the process of our own pain. Sometimes we do not even see the pain we are […]

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Behind the Hymn: Brighten the Corner Where You Are

Brighten the Corner Where You Are is a hymn we do not hear in church as often today as we used to.  Yet, it has a catchy tune and wonderful message. The hymn was written by Ina Mae Duley Ogdon. Ogdon was born on April 3, 1872 to William and Laetitia Wilson Ogdon in Rossville, Illinois.  She wrote her first […]

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Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

Working with Alzheimer’s patients requires a lot of patience, especially while waiting for an agitated individual seek the words to express the feelings s/he is struggling to convey.  At times it is easy to long to walk off or wish they would reach the point. On the flip side of the coin, is standing in line waiting to check out, […]

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