Remind Me

“Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us?’ But he gives more grace.” (James 4:5-6) I forget easily. Priorities set in motivated moments disappear like popping soap bubbles. Poof! They’re gone! How can I prevent the […]

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Suspended

“Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.'” (Luke 10:30) Love hangs suspended on Valentine’s Day like a brilliant bunch of heart-shaped balloons, and our speaker for the night naturally chose that theme for her […]

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The Beggar’s Gift

“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6) He wasn’t asking for much. The beggar was used to being ignored, stepped over, marginalized. But if, somehow, he could get the attention of a few as they made their way into the temple, if they stopped for a moment and […]

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Matters

“Weeping may tarry for the night.” (Psalm 30:5) It matters that they lived, regardless how short the span. It matters on a scale of enormous significance that your friends’ loved ones drew breath for a wisp of time or for a lengthy chain of years. A life that was loved is worthy to matter to […]

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Oblivious

“Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”     (Ephesians 1:4) Ungratefulness wears an ugly dress in every culture. When a gift is offered, regardless of the price tag attached, gratitude should always be present. This is especially true when the gift is priceless, defying description in any […]

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Pick Me

“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Ephesians 1:4) With our finite minds, it really doesn’t make much sense at all. To imagine that before one blade of grass appeared in the Garden, or one ray of sunlight sliced through […]

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Favored

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3) In the spring of 1989  I accepted a challenge and made my way to Chicago, Illinois, to attend a writer’s conference. I traveled alone, knew no one attending […]

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As Sons

“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4–6) The phone call made me feel as if cartwheels were still possible! We knew our friends […]

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Yours

Your joy for my strength Your Word for my hope Your forgiveness for my freedom Your plans for my good Your paths for my future Your thoughts for my mind Your strength for my weakness Your peace for my problems Your love for my lifetime You for my everything.   Elizabeth A Mitchell Photo Credit: […]

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Stellar

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house the saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him.”  (Matthew 2:10–11) The wise men should make us weep. They come to light in the gospel narrative with their knees bowed, faces to the […]

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