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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I Want To Make A Joyful Difference

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” ― C.S. Lewis “You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of…

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Finding Joy!

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” ― Helen Keller You can find joy in some of the most unexpected places…. If you choose to. I used to think of joy as something that was only available if my life looked a certain way. If I was living in the…

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