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Look to Him

Look to Him

I had been studying for several days, trying to prepare for a women’s retreat where I’d be speaking several times that weekend, and it just seemed like nothing was coming together. I’d write a few thoughts, look up a few scriptures, pray for guidance, and still it all seemed flat to me. I was worried. I texted several of my prayer warrior friends, asking them to agree with me in prayer that everything would come together in time for the…

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Give it to God

Give it to God

  I love happy endings, don’t you? That’s why I love the story of Hannah in the Bible. Hannah was a good wife to Elkanah but she couldn’t bear any children. Back then, that was the worst possible thing that could happen to a woman. In fact, a childless woman was often divorced, or another wife was added to fulfill the child-bearing duties. Either way, the non-child producing wife lived a bitter existence. Well, this is what poor Hannah faced…

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Adjust that Crown! You’re Royalty!

Adjust that Crown! You’re Royalty!

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” First Peter 2:9 (NIV) Recently, it seems that every time I turn on the TV, Jupiter Ascending is on. And, you know what’s weird? I can’t stop myself from watching it. While much of the movie features alien spaceship chases, big explosions, spooky space creatures and Channing Tatum as a…

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Jiffy Pop Dreams

Jiffy Pop Dreams

  As I stood there, arms stretched toward heaven, worshipping God that Sunday morning, I heard from God in the most unique and intimate way. He showed me an image of Jiffy Pop popcorn in its silver self-contained stovetop popping pan. (You know the kind, right? The kind that as you shake the container over a burner, you’ll eventually hear that first “pop,” and then lots of “pops” follow until the bag bursts open with popcorn.) The vision continued and…

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Be a Difference Maker

Be a Difference Maker

I’ve often heard it said that there are three kinds of people in life: Those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who ask “What just happened?” At different stages of my life, I’ve probably fallen into all three categories, and I bet you have, too. But it’s my desire to always be in that first group—the movers and the shakers, the doers, the ones who are making things happen. Maybe that’s why I love the…

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The Final Category

The Final Category

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT) Just recently while visiting friends in Texas, I attended a church near Tyler. After being greeted quite warmly, I was asked to fill out a guest card and place it into the offering plate. As I wrote down all my pertinent information, my eyes settled on the…

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A Little Polar Pop and Jesus…

A Little Polar Pop and Jesus…

  I sometimes feel like I’m not a “real adult” because I don’t drink coffee. Though I love the aroma of freshly brewed java, I much prefer to start my day with a half Diet Pepsi/half Cherry Pepsi combo. If I’m traveling and not near a Circle-K to get that all-important first-thing-in-the-morning Polar Pop, I can get a little testy. I always tease, “You won’t like me before I’ve had caffeine.” My closest friends buy me Polar Pop gift cards…

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Let the Healing Begin…

Let the Healing Begin…

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (NASB) As a high school and college cheerleader, I found tan legs to be an important asset. Let’s face it—legs look thinner when tan. So, I tanned—probably more than I should have—at tanning salons and lying on an actual beach when time allowed. So, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when the biopsy on my left leg came back positive for melanoma…

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Tent Vision

Tent Vision

One of my very favorite stories in the Bible is found in Genesis chapter 15—the story of Abram. Remember that one? God shows Abram a vision about his future. Let’s look at that passage together. “Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”  But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have…

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Do You Know Your Enemy?

Do You Know Your Enemy?

As a former sportswriter, a diehard Indiana Hoosiers Basketball fan, and a lifelong cheerleader, I pretty much live for March Madness. While basketball fans across the United States make travel arrangements and prepare to cheer on their favorite teams in the Big Dance, the coaches and teams who were fortunate enough to make it into the tourney are also in full-out preparation mode. You can bet as soon as those teams found out who their opponents would be in the…

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