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Remember, Remember, Remember

Remember, remember, remember . . . oh, and do not forget! It has amazed me how many times the Lord says the words “remember” or “do not forget.” Whenever reading the Old Testament, I often seek to understand the application for us as believers today. Many of the admonitions to remember…

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Learning from the Best

Though Jesus was never a physical parent on earth, I would say He knows a thing or two about parenting! He is God; He is Shepherd; He is Creator; He is Love. Recently, I opened theCompassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting Word asking the Lord to direct my steps and give me wisdom in parenting. The following very familiar verses were viewed with a new perspective.

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Hope

“MOM. THANK YOU FOR NEVER GIVING UP ON ME!” This phrase and two encouraging verses might be just what you need to hear today if you are parenting a child who is discouraged, broken hearted, grieving, or suffering from RAD or FASD.

Knowing The Names

This morning in my Bible reading I read the following verse: “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10 (NASB) I asked myself these questions: What does it mean to know God’s name? ********** Which names of God?…

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Free Hugs

by: Delana H. Stewart Free Hugs   When we visited Thailand a month or so ago, we went to the Sunday bazaar. Out in front of the gate stood a scraggly-bearded man with a shirt that read “Free Hugs.” He did not seem to be getting many takers, but it reminded me how often we…

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Putting Down Roots

No more moving. No more goodbyes. All my loved ones in one place. Sounds like heaven to me! I was re-reading and contemplating an old post To Be Deracinated, regarding being uprooted. I thought about the joy that will be mine when I reach the place Jesus is preparing for me where I no longer…

Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato? (HBLT)

Now that I got your attention with a title like Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato?, let me tell you what HBLT really stands for and invite you to sink your teeth into something rich. HBLT actually stands for Hook, Book, Look, Took. It is a preaching, teaching, and/or Bible study method used to grab a person’s…

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Keep Watch

“Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence.” Psalm 105:4, The Message I have been reading through The Message this year to surprise my mind with new and fresh ways of looking at Scripture. I try to read through a different translation every year or so.…

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Background Noise

Are noises and distractions bombarding your life? Sometimes it happens so subtly we do not even realize it. We watched an interesting movie last night (and surprisingly finished it). I say “surprisingly” because it moved rather slowly even for a drama. Our minds are being conditioned to have action or at least fast moving frames…

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A Hiker’s Quandry

“After we come to the realization that we are traveling down the wrong road we have to . . . look around for things to get us back on the correct road. Not seeing any, we have to backtrack working through the things we’ve just traveled through and reacquire our bearings to continue down the correct…

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Read Me Like a Book

Last night we overheard one neighbor talking to another neighbor about various people in our apartment community. Then she began obviously describing our family and talking about us. We were blessed and humbled by the kind words she said. I am sure there are times my words and actions do not always convey good messages…

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Long Journeys

“Mom, are we there yet?” If you are a mom of a child of speaking age, you have probably heard this more than you can count. I know about long journeys all too well. I’ve been on really long trans-Atlantic flights. I’ve taken cross-country road trips lasting a couple of weeks. I’ve been on ferryboats…

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Giving It Everything You’ve Got!

This morning I read 1 Corinthians 9 in The Message translation. The following verses inspired me. I hope they inspire you. 24-25 You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades.…

Struck Down But Not Destroyed

Originally posted on Especially Made:
I am not new to spiritual depression. It is something I have struggled with in the past, especially after having children and learning about Gabriel’s special needs. But I realize I’m not alone in this. Reading through the psalms, some of the psalmists seemed to have a fair share of…

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Of Sheep and Shepherds

Have trouble letting go and trusting God with your children? I do! Sitting down on a friend’s back porch with a cup of tea recently, I opened my Bible and read the Twenty-third Psalm. This very familiar Psalm has guided and comforted me many times through the years.This particular day it took on a whole new dimension!

Finding an Oasis

Today’s daily prompt is near to my heart: “A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are. Write about the place you go to when everything is a bit too much.” I prefer getting away to a quiet place in nature, a place that is green…

7 Days Becoming Unplugged

Between my work, my play, and my “social” life, I spend a lot of time on my computer. I love to write and therefore enjoy blogging, tweeting, and keeping up with friends and family on Facebook. Tonight, though, I have contemplated things that have become less in the meantime. I spend less time writing in…