When God Scatters Your Ducks

I hope you’ll indulge me as I share my recent slice of humble pie with levity. Sometimes it’s the only way to enjoy God’s merciful grace when it deals with correction. No doubt you’ve heard the expression, “get your ducks in a row.” This idiom suggests thorough preparation, but in my case (as a recovering perfectionist) I take it to the next

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It’s All About You

Did you reread this title and think it was a mistake? Perhaps, your disbelieving eyebrow was raised. I’m sure you’ve heard the cliché, “It’s not about you.” This phrase has infiltrated our homes, workplaces and even churches. We hear it often, especially when there’s conflict between two people. But, imagine for a moment that life is about you. No matter

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Abundant Oil

I trust you had a beautiful Thanksgiving Day full of gratitude, love and good food. I’m sure you have been busy with preparations or perhaps traveling. Feeling a bit tired? It’s wonderful to know that we can rest in our everlasting salvation through Jesus Christ, but His rest is practical, too. The abundant oil of His Holy Spirit keeps our

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The Gift of Touch

Early one morning, I rolled out of bed and shambled into the kitchen for a cup of tea. While I waited by the stove, staring at the teapot, my husband wrapped his arms around me and gave me an enormous bear hug. What a simple, yet powerful, way to share an expression of affection and appreciation. It’s an extension of

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Hope Lights Dark Days

I took a brisk walk early one morning. Since autumn days are shorter, the sun had postponed its arrival, and it was a dark day. As I walked through the darkness, I realized there was no evidence of morning. There wasn’t a hint of light on the horizon or chipping birds breaking the silence. Although the sun wasn’t visible, its

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A Woman Fashioned by God

Proverbs 31:25 reads, “…She is clothed with strength and dignity.” This scripture poetically condenses the portrayal of a praiseworthy woman. The iconic passage found in Proverbs 31:10-31 has sometimes intimidated women with its exhaustive accomplishments.   The focus, however, is not in what she had fashioned with her hands, but in what God has fashioned in her heart. …but a

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