Posts Tagged "Joy"

Joy in the Ordinary

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Articles | 2 comments

Joy in the Ordinary

  “You have put gladness in my heart…” Psalm 4:7a     It’s snowing – again – still – as usual (for this time of the year).  It would be pretty if we hadn’t already seen 250” of snowfall this season.  After a time, you feel claustrophobic and restless.  Each “trip” through the house has included looking out the windows to see if the snow is slowing down.  It hasn’t.  If anything, it keeps getting heavier.    “Help me to see the beauty, Lord,” I sigh as I turn from the bedroom window, the laundry basket seemingly heavier than when I first picked...

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Hope in Nicaragua: Hugs From Little Children

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Articles | 5 comments

Hope in Nicaragua: Hugs From Little Children

“She extends her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20     Garbage littered the streets.  Homes were made out of metal sheeting.  Sewage ran down the road.  Laundry was draped over wire fencing.  Home after home, street after street, the further out we drove from Managua, the more poverty we witnessed.  We were going to a primary school to serve lunch and work with the children.  “What will the school be like?” I wondered as I witnessed the gradual decline outside the window of our shuttle.   I thought I’d prepared myself...

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In the Company of Sisters

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Articles | 3 comments

In the Company of Sisters

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12     I look at the ladies seated around my table and smile.  In each face, I see a friend.  We range in age from 45 to 75 (or older. Some secrets will never be...

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Who Do You Say That I Am?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Articles | 6 comments

Who Do You Say That I Am?

I’ve spent several weeks dealing with my identity in Christ.  I am a child of the Most-High God, joint-heir with Christ, His daughter, His friend, His bride.  I am an apostle, scribe, His messenger.  I am loved, treasured, cherished.   Still, despite the reminders (over and over and over again!) of those truths, I’d again have trouble focusing on the Lord’s work and instead find myself focusing on the troubles, the obstacles, the arrows being shot in my direction. I was still saying, “Yes, Lord, but…” and then would spill out to God the doubts, fears, and reservations,...

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Giving Him Back to God

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Articles | 4 comments

Giving Him Back to God

Laughter and conversation filled the room as we waited for the graduates to file in.  It didn’t seem possible that four years had passed – four years of dorm rooms, vacation visits, exams, summer employment, four years of preparation for the career and future God had planned.   “No, it isn’t possible,” I thought.  “He can’t be graduating.”   The music started and the graduates began to file in.  Daniel smiled as he passed our row, his walk proud and strong as he made his way to his seat.   “Wasn’t it just yesterday he was graduating High School?  It...

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