God Wants To Use You!

Yes, He does! You are the joyful one “chosen” to take the light of His Gospel out into this broken world. Do you know how rare joy is? It’s one of the most endangered things on this planet! (And, it’s getting harder and harder to find.) Yet, we have The Source residing in our hearts.…

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When It Feels Like “The End”

These last few weeks have been tough, and because of that, my HOPE has really struggled to stay on its feet. (It isn’t easy stuff we’re going to discuss today.) So, now that you’ve been given fair warning, let’s talk about: When it feels like the end of hope. Where do you turn, or what…

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Walking In Sarah’s Shoes

As I sat in this week’s Bible study I wondered, “How many of us out there are walking in Sarah’s shoes?” We were discussing the story of Sarah and Hagar. Sarah was definitely drawing the short stick when it came to compassion and understanding. It was, “…poor Hagar” this, and “…poor Hagar” that. (I kept…

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Resilient Hope

Emilie Barnes wrote her book, A Cup Of Hope, while fighting a fierce battle with hopelessness. But, she discovered that, resilient hope that comes with our intimate relationship with Jesus. I myself can remember quite clearly, the day I visited the oncologist with my father, and I listened to the devastating news he received. I…

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Let’s Have Tea With Emilie!

I am an avid tea drinker with a small but treasured teacup collection. I am also a huge fan of Emilie Barnes. Though today Emilie is in heaven, I wanted to introduce her and her encouraging words to a whole new audience. So I contacted Harvest House Publishers who generously gave me permission to share…

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The abc’s of Believing: T – Tempest

Cease striving, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 We will all be caught in a tempest at some time in our lives. I believe God allows storms for many reasons. It may be to clear away the debris that has built up. It may be to give us that “something” that we have…

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The abc’s of Believing: E – Encompass

Just as the mountains surround and protect Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds and protects his people. Psalm 125: 2 TLB It is a watershed day when you finally learn—God protects in and through the storms of life—as well as from them. The day you come to believe that changes everything. “In this world you will…

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The Weakest Worshipers

You shall not side with the strong against the powerless. — Sir Robert Morton, The Winslow Boy That was me. I believed I was powerless. So, for a very long time, I was one of God’s weakest worshipers. (I struggled with so much doubt.) How could God be good and let so much bad stuff…

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He Speaks Comfort When We Hurt

“God is the Champion at bringing people from a place of destruction to a place of total victory. As they reach that place of victory they become trophies of his grace. and they are set on the display as a fragrant reminder of God’s goodness.” ― Joyce Meyer, Beauty for Ashes God gives beauty for…

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Hope and More Hope!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15: 13 How do we experience hope when all looks hopeless? When the problems seem to mount to the sky, where do we begin? Here in Northern…

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