Replacing Insecurity with Security

Monday, October 6, 2014

“Even if my mother and father abandon me, the Lord will take care of me.”              Psalm 27:10 A number of years ago…

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What is Guaranteed to Change You

Friday, September 26, 2014

“God is near to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Ps. 34:18 It has been said throughout the ages that love is the universal…

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Best Party Date Ever: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Who could turn down an attractive bacon-wrapped date? No, no, no…not that kind of date! A medjool date! Traditionally grown in Morocco and the Middle East, these sweet…

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From Fear to Fierce

Friday, September 12, 2014

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the…

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Growing Beauty

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your…

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Partnering with God

Friday, September 5, 2014

Transformation reminds me of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. I’ve discovered the names of the four stages~ egg, larva, pupa, and adult. I love how God’s way in…

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Pass the Greens and Peas, Please!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10 When I think…

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Waiting to be Rescued

Monday, August 25, 2014

“He restores my soul.” Ps. 23:3a Christians are often referred to as sheep in the Bible. It is an interesting thing to be called a sheep. Sheep are,…

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Far As The Curse Is Found

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What is our fascination with restoring old things? You’ve see thousands of DIY ideas on Pinterest for restoring beat up furniture. And how to restore old cars has…

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Prodigal Daughter

Monday, August 18, 2014

“…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) December 1997 was a memorable time in my life. I was a sophmore student at…

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Giant Restoration

Friday, August 15, 2014

Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able…

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Restore To Me

Monday, August 11, 2014

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from…

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

RESToration. “The act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.” I can’t help but focus on the first part of the…

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Panzanella Salad – for the Heat!

Monday, August 4, 2014

With the topic of betrayal before us, I leaned into Italy for a huge aroma of fresh inspiration. Why Italy?  I love their resourcefulness; they use what is…

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Two Choices: What to do when you betray Jesus

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way…”     Is. 53:6a What comes to mind when you think about betrayal? My…

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“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Don’t Forget Peter

Monday, July 21, 2014

“The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.” Author Unknown The weight of that sentence is powerful. Betrayal is such dark and devastating…

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Waiting For “I’m Sorry”

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rom 5:8 NIV “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God did not wait for “I’m…

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From Lover to Enemy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

“The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6) Several years ago I was engaged to a man who convinced…

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When a Loved One Walks Away

Monday, July 14, 2014

“It is not an enemy who taunts me—I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—I could have hidden from them. Instead, it…

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Not Feeling the Love

Thursday, July 10, 2014

“At my first defense, no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me….

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Do I really have to have that to be happy?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

“…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance,…

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The Life of Pie – Rhubarb Pie!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Once used for medicinal purposes 5,000 years ago by the Chinese, rhubarb in modern times is a much-loved pie ingredient. Rhubarb is not immediately sweet though. Unlike peaches,…

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Holy Lonely

Monday, June 16, 2014

Big tears drop from underneath her lashes and she looks away from me, just as our eyes meet. She wants me to ask and probe — I can…

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One Piece of Candy

Thursday, June 12, 2014

One Piece of Candy Romans 8:6 “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” con•tent•ment [kuh n-tent-muh nt]…

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Broken and Satisfied

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Phil 4:11 During May 2012, after I delivered…

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The Key to Contentment

Monday, June 9, 2014

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians…

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Is Contentment on Your GPS?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I am nesting in my new place- setting up a home and making multiple trips to Target. I am grateful for God’s hand on the space He provided….

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Loss of A Dream

Friday, May 30, 2014

“You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Ps. 18:28 Recently, three close friends faced the unexpected death of a parent. I…

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The Comfort Under the Comfort Food

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

During a chapter of loss, there is an obvious recipe for which we hunger:  comfort food – for our stomachs and our hearts.  Selecting a comfort food recipe…

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Even in the Gain

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Two and a half years ago, I got married at 43. For the first time. My new husband and I were going to the Friday night football game…

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Missing Mom

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.    Psalm 34:18 I just spent my 14th Mother’s Day without my mom.  It’s…

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Loss: Who Will Fill This Hole?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 Here I was again, facing a second devastating divorce, when my encourager said to me,…

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Picture Loss

Thursday, May 15, 2014

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so…

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He is With You

Monday, May 12, 2014

“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and…

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Is God a Giver or a Taker?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21) When I think about loss, there is a sadness…

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Befriending Loss

Monday, May 5, 2014

“Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in…

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The Most Important Prayer of Surrender

Monday, April 28, 2014

“Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, ‘My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want….

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The Final Surrender

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Three days ago we celebrated Jesus’ victory over death and His opening wide the gates of heaven. We tried to linger with Him in Gethsemane on Thursday, and…

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When Surrendering Requires A Plan

Monday, April 21, 2014

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5 (NIV) I’ve had moments in my life in which surrendering…

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Never Surrender!

Monday, April 14, 2014

But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You…

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The Cross: My White Flag

Friday, April 11, 2014

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2…

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Picture Surrender

Thursday, April 10, 2014

“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from…

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Surrendering to Goodness

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  (Psalm 23:6) After…

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Paying Bills & Giving Up

Monday, April 7, 2014

I added up the bills lying on my table. The pressure mounted as the number climbed higher and higher. The combination of unexpected medical expenses and my monthly…

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Free to Run

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

“I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free.” Ps. 119:32 What separates Christianity from all other world religions is the fact…

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Panna Cotta with Roasted Lemon and Irish Whiskey Sauce

Monday, March 24, 2014

If you know any Italian words or have eaten at an Italian restaurant, you may already know that panna cotta is not an Irish dessert!  It means, “cooked…

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Picture Freedom

Friday, March 21, 2014

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16

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The Sorority of the Strugglers

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Studying Romans with a group of “senior saints” on Thursdays has been a great joy to me. For the first time in my 24-year career, I’ve had the…

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The College Release of Freedom

Monday, March 17, 2014

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:7-9 It had to be the hardest thing…

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War boots for flip flops

Sunday, March 16, 2014

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Gal 5:1…

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Who Calls You to Freedom?

Monday, March 10, 2014

You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for He is the one who called you…

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Love Breaks Shackles

Thursday, March 6, 2014

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not…

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My Journey of Freedom

Monday, March 3, 2014

“When Pharoah let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, if they face…

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Divine Delays- Part 2

Friday, February 28, 2014

See message by Courtney below to read Part 1 “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecc. 3:11 I’m convinced that there are lessons I would have…

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Divine Delays- Part 1

Monday, February 24, 2014

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” Ps. 62:5 (KJV) I know a little something about waiting on the Lord and I…

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Citrus and Beet Wonder-Salad!

Friday, February 21, 2014

By definition, winter is a season of waiting.  However, in harsher winter climates, waiting rises to a whole new level of understanding for those in its grip.  The…

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Waiting Room

Thursday, February 20, 2014

In my personal time with the Lord, I’ve been studying about waiting on God. I can think of a lot of circumstances for which we must wait: a…

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Marriage: Are You Willing to Wait?

Monday, February 17, 2014

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;”  Isaiah 40:31 Have you been waiting a long time on God to fulfill His promises for your life? …

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Courageous Waiting

Friday, February 14, 2014

Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” We are made of the dust of this world, yet God instructs…

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Picture Waiting

Thursday, February 13, 2014

  “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not…

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Wait for Hope to Appear

Monday, February 10, 2014

“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions. Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run…

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Waiting in Faith

Friday, February 7, 2014

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together…

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WAIT is a four-letter word

Monday, February 3, 2014

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength.”  Isaiah 40:31 W-A-I-T is a four-letter word. That’s how it adds up. I mean I want what…

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Got Fruit?

Monday, January 27, 2014

“…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Gal. 5:22-23 I remember hearing a story several years ago about a…

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Pork and Prunes? Yes!

Friday, January 24, 2014

When I think of relationships full of wonder, surprise, and satisfaction, one of my very favorites lies on a plate: my fatty little friend, “Porky,” and his sophisticated…

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A First-time Newlywed at 43: Thoughts on my First Year of Marriage

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In his thought-provoking book, The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason compares our spouse to a great tree “growing up in the center of one’s living room.” Mason goes on…

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I Got This (Well, Some of It)

Monday, January 20, 2014

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida,…

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Relationship Revelation

Friday, January 17, 2014

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 Have you ever had a bad roommate?…

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Picture Relationships

Thursday, January 16, 2014

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:9-10

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7 Reasons Why You Need Relationships

Monday, January 13, 2014

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.” 1 John 4:18, (NLT) I often find myself unsure of what to do when people hurt me….

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When You Never Hear “I’m Sorry”

Thursday, January 9, 2014

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32) Relationships can be painful.  Living in a fallen world…

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Reminders about Relating to People

Sunday, January 5, 2014

“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.” Colossians 4:18 It’s a new year. A new chapter for our stories….

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Not Martha Stewart

Thursday, December 19, 2013

“Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13)  When I think of hospitality, the first image that comes to mind is Martha Stewart, clothes and…

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Picture Hospitality

Monday, December 16, 2013

“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks,…

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Hospitality Queen or Heavenly Host?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit…

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Love of Strangers

Friday, December 13, 2013

“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Rom. 12:13 We’ve heard it before.  Seek to be Mary, not Martha. Don’t worry about “entertaining,” instead have…

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Choose Hospitality

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

   On November 6, 2010 I tweeted the Most Regrettable Tweet of my mediocre social media career. In anticipation of the holiday season, I decided to weigh in…

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Preparing a Place at the Table

Monday, December 9, 2013

“. . .and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you, this do in remembrance of me.’” I…

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The Heart of Hospitality

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians;…

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Prepare A Room

Friday, December 6, 2013

“Let every heart prepare him room.” We sing this line from “Joy to the World” during Advent, the season set apart for celebrating the first coming of Jesus…

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O Holy Hospitality

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. I Peter 4:8-10 NIV What does it mean…

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Shaken by Circumstances

Monday, November 25, 2013

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28…

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Green Beans with Smoke, Spice and Everything Nice

Sunday, November 24, 2013

“Everything nice” sounds like an inviting recipe, right?  Truly, it’s a tasty combination of flavors, especially if you enjoy a Southwestern palate.  How then do the green beans…

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Cauliflower Puree

Thursday, November 21, 2013

1/2 pound cauliflower florets, stems trimmed 3 cups water Salt 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup heavy cream 2-3 tablespoons or more to taste grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Freshly…

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Monday, November 18, 2013

I am excited to share this side dish. By the way, each recipe is meant to tweak for your family and friends. If you like it spicy, add…

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Red Wine Braised Cabbage

Friday, November 15, 2013

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.  I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O…

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In All Things

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sacred Story is honored to hear from Judy Douglass as a guest contributor. Judy is a staff member with Cru (the Christian organization formerly known as Campus Crusade for…

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Gratitude As A Weapon

Sunday, November 10, 2013

At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 2…

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Picture Gratitude

Friday, November 8, 2013

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” -Psalm 107:1

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Marks of Gratitude

Thursday, November 7, 2013

For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. (Galatians 4:17, NLT) It’s hard—to feel grateful especially when we find ourselves in the…

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Giver of Good Gifts

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father,  James 1:17a, NLT This season God has been teaching me about Himself as the giver…

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When Gratitude Feels Impossible

Friday, November 1, 2013

My soul waits in silence for God only. Psalm 62:1 I have several friends who lost a parent this year. As the holidays loom, they are bracing themselves…

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Renewing Gratitude

Friday, November 1, 2013

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” ( I Thess. 5:18, NLT) God, I need a fresh word…

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