Summer Series: The Sound of Rain

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Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” – 1 Kings 18:41   I looked up at the sky and a cool breeze ran across my bare shoulders. Every day, for about a week, I told my father, “we need rain”. My newfound allergies were […] Read more…

Summer Series: Life Up Your Eyes

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“To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His […] Read more…

Your Confidence Matters

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“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” -Acts 4:13- There were very few situations I remember being in, as a kid, that made me feel confident. I don’t know if […] Read more…

Beauty for Ashes: Making the Trade

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Let’s remind ourselves of the verses that began this series: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year […] Read more…

Beauty For Ashes: Joy In The Ashes

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The casket shut tightly and with it my eyes. Dread hung thickly around each of us sitting in the church pews. In silence, we felt forever and nothing all at once. I remember thinking, I can’t believe I’m doing this. It was, after all, the day before my birthday. Grief was choking any sense of […] Read more…

Beauty for Ashes: Collecting Memories

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“Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record?” – Psalm 56:8 We collect memories of those we have loved and lost. Decorating the wall of our hearts, old photographs hang. Whispers of promises made, “I love you” phrases that were once said. The dead never really leave […] Read more…

Beauty for Ashes: A Season of Mourning

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…it can happen abruptly. One minute you’re happy and joyous in the Lord because He blessed you with such a beautiful life and then, suddenly, you get a phone call that changes your life. A hard blow to the gut, grief knocks us off balance. I don’t know of any woman who schedules an appointment […] Read more…

Beauty For Ashes: An Introduction

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I looked at the mess on my floor and in my closet and wondered when I had become so disorganized. It isn’t like me, normally, to allow my closet to exist without it being color coordinated with all of my shoes lining the top shelf. And yet, here it was, a messy closet and a […] Read more…

What Pleases God

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I think of Jesus, walking up the dusty hill where He would soon die, sweat beading on His forehead as exhaustion from our sins began to weigh His body down. I’m always in awe of this scene in the Bible because it is this moment, when Jesus is at His weakest and yet, it also […] Read more…

God is Faithful: Forever & Always

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“and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20 always… I love that Jesus promises to be with us, always. Sometimes, people leave our lives too soon. We don’t get enough time to love them and cherish […] Read more…

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