The Eclipse in Our Lives

The solar eclipse will cover the area where I live later today and with it, will have gradual darkness, followed by two and a half minutes of total blackout, then the light will reappear and gradually grow brighter. This reminded me that there are similar times in our life, when our situation and world gradually grows darkness and then we […]

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Tears Can Refresh Our Souls

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalms 126:5 (ASV) Do you ever find yourself moved to tears? Without fail, at least once a month or more in church I find myself in tears.  Not because I’m sad, but because I’ve been touched.  I’ve been touched by the music, or God has spoken to me through the sermon, […]

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We All Have a Story to Tell

Recently I was with a group of friends and acquaintances and as I looked around the room I thought about how God had been faithful to so many of them. There were others there whom I did not know their story, but many of whom knew a part of their story. Some of these stories included: Loss of a child Overcoming […]

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God is Faithful

When our pastor retired earlier this year, the theme he and his wife shared on their final Sunday was God is Faithful. They shared stories of how God was faithful to provide for needs both personally and in ministry. I thought back over my life and how God has been faithful to me.   Some of the moments God reminded […]

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Living a life of integrity

Our pastor retired several weeks ago and the one thing that was consistently mentioned about him was that he lived a life of integrity. Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles”. He exhibited this integrity both from the pulpit and in his personal life.  He was not afraid to address the hard issues […]

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I Am Not Ashamed

Yesterday, we celebrated the 4th of July and our freedom as Americans. These are freedoms that we often take for granted in this great country of ours, but that many people living in other countries have to fight for on a daily basis. Part of our freedoms is our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  These are two of […]

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Where the Spirit of the Lord Is

  My grandmother will turn 93 this week.  She is slowing down as she grows older, however even in her twilight years there is still one place she wants to go. That place is to church.  Her hearing is not what it once was and even with hearing aids, there are times she struggles to understand what is being said. […]

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A Living Example

For more than twenty years, I have stayed with my grandmother off and on for various reasons. She is a very humble woman who does not like to have attention drawn to her. Yet, I know her faith is real because she lives it out in front of all of us.  Job 12:12 says, “Wisdom belongs to the aged, and […]

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What Fruit Do You Bear?

I have had several non-Christian friends ask the question, “Why should I go to church and make friends when the friends I have treat me better than the Christians?” That was a question that broke my heart and I had no idea ow to answer, but to tell them about my best friend, Jesus Christ. As Christians we are held […]

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Lifting Others Up in Intercessory Prayer

  This has been a week that has been full of needs and prayer request at every turn. Everyone in my department, plus several other co-workers have had serious prayer request ranging from serious health issues to a house fire and so on. I’ve had family and friends reach out for prayer with needs ranging from health issues to the […]

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3 Reasons to Step Out in Faith

  For years I have had several opportunities I wanted to pursue, but I’ve allowed fear to impede my path and stop me from pursuing the chance. Recently, I’ve felt God urging me to move forward and step out in faith. In a sermon I was listening to not long ago, Dr. Charles Stanley spoke exactly on this issue. He […]

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God’s Love is Greater than the Ocean

      I’m sitting here looking out over the ocean for as far as the eye can see.  Gazing out over the blue water all I can think of is how big the ocean is and how small I am in comparison.  Yet, even in all of that I know that God still loves me. To think that God […]

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Developing a Plan

  I’ve been in the process of sorting through boxes that were stored away, which I recently moved with me. I’ve grown tired of looking at the boxes and the “mess” they’ve made.  So, I’ve taken several days throughout the past few months to work on them. However, every time I walked into the room to begin the work I […]

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A Wake Up Call

  I’ve shared openly with my struggle to lose weight.  I’ve turned to calling out to God to help me, because I’ve proven that I cannot do this myself.  I’ve tried for too long with no progress to know that I am weak. Yet, I know that I am strong when I lean on God. However, God doesn’t always answer […]

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In the Wait

  I remember when I was searching for a different job.  I had a job that met my needs, but did not leave me fulfilled.  I was searching for more.  However, I searched off and on for almost four years before I found the job I was seeking.  Then I thought I’d found my dream job, but it wasn’t the […]

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God is Faithful

  In the last three months, we have begun instituting new programs and initiatives to improve the quality of life for our residents.  While I’d written a grant for the majority of these plans, there were several additional needs that crept up that we did not have the funding for. I began to pray about these needs and set up […]

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Jesus Came that We Might Be Saved

  I recently had a friend ask me about Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  The individual, who was not raised in church, believed that they were married and the misconception that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. This belief that she was a prostitute began in the Middle Ages, when several women mentioned in the scriptures were combined. But, then my friend […]

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God Has a Plan

              I recently overheard a conversation in which the person said, “I’m ready to die. I want to see Jesus.” My heart broke for this individual, but as I listened I discovered the individual was in so much physical pain that she was willing herself to give up. Thankfully, she was talking with a […]

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Showing Kindness

  My heart broke for my boss.  She’d worked hard to plan a very special gathering.  Then only half of those that promised to come actually showed up. She’d worked for days planning, shopping and preparing everything for the gathering.  I could see the pain and disappointment on her face. Too often people RSVP for something and then think it’s […]

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Showing Kindness and Thankfulness

As a performer, who has appeared at numerous nursing home facilities, I know how important it is to hear thank you. I make every effort to write a thank you note to those that help us with various events and to take use small tokens to show my thanks. Besides, as I write the thank you note this is a […]

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