Awful or Awesome?

Yesterday at the end of a full and productive week, I was eager for the weekend. You know. Put work on the shelf, get into a book, take a long walk, watch a Hallmark movie. After hours of concentrated work with substantial progress I had that winning feeling. An hour later, I was overcome. The project that every ounce of energy had been poured into has to be reworked, and now instead of three weeks, I have one. There’s a big difference between being overcome and being an overcomer. Looking …

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Power Comes From Attitude

Have you ever made a commitment, then as the time approached you were overcome with fear or insecurity or dread? I know that feeling. What if, like me, the commitment was long term and you wondered how you would hold up through it and endure to the end? Maybe you haven’t been there and can’t grasp how that feels, but if you can, how did it turn out? I think God gives us almost unlimited power to change how we think, how we feel, and how we act. I’m not …

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Filling in the Pattern

God is great; God is good, now we thank him for …. Do you remember saying that little prayer when you were a child? In our house, we didn’t recite the pre-written prayer, but ours were similar in nature. Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for this food. Please bless grandma, please bless the missionaries …..” and the prayer would go on until mommy or daddy interjected ‘Amen!” signaling the end of the prayer before every morsel of food was cold. From that simple prayer is derived a pattern that has …

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Let's get to the reward

OK Everybody Up! UP UP UP! Rise and Shine! It’s Saturday everyone.  Can you believe it? It’s not Christmas in July, it’s September in July.  Perfect day to stay inside and tackle a few of those chores around the house.  You know …. Dusting, moving furniture, power washing the inside of the fridge, catching up on the DVR – Oh wait.  That’s not a chore. Here’s some inspiration to get you going. Get your list and at the bottom put this word PRIZE!  I love rewards – yep! That’s me.  So here’s my …

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Plan to be Opposite

Ok everyone . .  .UP UP UP everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning Happy weekend, everyone!  I woke up this morning with anticipation, and you did too! What will today bring? What will we do with the next 16 hours of our day? Was this a morning where you bounded out of bed and said with great enthusiasm “Good morning, Lord!”  Or did you plod your way to the kitchen and mumble, “Good lord, it’s morning.”  If you were from camp number one, you’re good to go, have fun …

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What do we do now?

The tragedy of the past week has left us all reeling with unbelief at yet another act of violence directed at children and adults in a school. Unbelievable doesn’t begin to describe the torn emotions. None of us can imagine the horror and we wonder how we can just move on without impact. We will move on, but not without impact. This is not a case of lessons learned where we can look back and say, ‘Here was the fault; here’s where the situation could have been prevented.’ There is …

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Refining Grace