He is risen! Happy Easter!

A few months ago, I took a class where one of the assignments was to think of what qualities we would have if we were fearless and able to accomplish things that, in our own selves, would not be possible. We were told to think of heroes in our lives who already had the qualities we were lacking. I’ve never been a hero worshipper but if it made the assignment easier, I could put my mind to it. My first thought was what would it take to be a hero? …

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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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Sunday … a day off – or is it?

I’m going to shock you. Sometimes I don’t like Sunday. There! I said it! The 6 days before Sunday and the 6 days following Sunday are so busy, I want Sunday to be not busy, not scheduled, not just one more must-do-or-else.  I thought Sunday was to be a day of rest. I don’t want to go to church. Well, I can rest at home. And so can you.  Well hmmmm…..that’s true, but it’s also false. Here’s why. If we stay home from church we can lounge in our PJs, drink …

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Bookmark it!

It’s morning …. How is your day so far? Pretty good, right? Hold that thought! Bookmark it! Are you holding? Good! Because if you’re like me, you’ll have to return to that bookmark later this morning.  It’s Tuesday …. Already! Somehow in all the preparing for the weekend, then having the weekend, the ending the weekend, the frenzy in our house of living bears little resemblance to the activity we prepared for.  Monday – the kickoff day to the week literally evaporated. Does any of this sound familiar for a Monday …

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Weekend plans?

YAY for Friday! I always think I’m going to sleep in an extra hour on Friday sort of a way to  reward myself for working hard during the week. Somehow I don’t think 4:30 equates to extra sleep. In fact, I think it’s backward! When I woke up this morning I was thinking about the Bible Study I attended last night. So there is my thankful theme for today. I am thankful for the Bible Study about Abigail. I knew one thing about her at the start of the study …

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Refining Grace