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Life in His Hands: The Journey

My twin sister once told me that God called her to lead Bible studies so that she would actually show up. After I laughed about that for awhile, I added, “God wanted me to write a devotional book so that I would actually start living what I’ve learned!” To me, there is something about hard, cold print that makes me feel the need to be more accountable. I guess the same concept applies to leading Bible studies, only it’s the people, not the print, that makes you feel you had better come through. God knows my sister and me pretty well, and he knows we need a good nudge once in awhile. He also knows it has taken lots of persuading to convince me that Read More

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In This Is Love

My young daughter looked up at me one night with tears in her eyes and told me with great anguish, “I don’t know how to love Jesus. I try and try, but I just don’t think it is enough!” I pulled her in close and hugged her tightly against me. I didn’t have to search for something to say because words from 1 John 4 immediately came to my mind. I told her, “It is not that we have loved God, but that God loved us first. It’s not about us trying harder to love Him; it is accepting the love that He has so freely given us.” She looked up at me as if that were too easy of an answer, and I understood Read More

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The One Who Is with Us

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but Jesus was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  Matthew 8:24-26 The darkest days of our lives are kind of like the storm on the sea. We feel like we’ve run out of hope, like there is no way out of the darkness. We panic and even cry out, “Save us, Lord,” in the midst of our fear, hoping He will do something to rescue us. But Read More

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A Wake Up Call

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 7:21 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…” Isaiah 29:13 For several years of my life, I declared the Lord with my lips, but I did not do his will. I claimed to be a follower of Jesus, but my heart was far from him and there was little evidence of Christianity in my life. This truth came back to me a few years ago when I was posting an invitation to a Bible study on Facebook. One Read More