GOD’S LOVE STORY: From the Mother of the Groom

GOD’S LOVE STORY: From the Mother of the Groom

Anticipation intensifies. The guests rise in silence. All eyes focus intently on the chapel doors. Beads of sweat form on my son’s forehead. His heartbeat escalates with each passing second. Glancing at me, he gives a quick love wink. Within seconds, I feel my betrothed of twenty-eight years grasp my hand. His gentle touch calms the nerves surging through my body. Within seconds, flashbacks of my son’s life flood my mind. Faded memories seem like yesterday. For twenty-six years I…

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SILENCE

SILENCE

Silence. Why is this so difficult? Can you remember a time you prayed with all your heart about something? Possibly you prayed for years and years. Maybe it seemed as if your prayers just hit the ceiling and bounced back. In all honesty, this can be discouraging! In fact, at this point, many give up and throw in the towel. Silence. How do we trust when we don’t see results? Corrie Ten Boom was a Nazi prison camp survivor who…

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~MEMORIAL DAY SALUTE~

~MEMORIAL DAY SALUTE~

Did you know MEMORIAL DAY was first called DECORATION DAY? General John L. Logan is credited for naming May 30, 1868, as the first Decoration Day. On this day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. When you hear the words – MEMORIAL DAY – what thoughts come to mind? Maybe you’re thankful for a day off of work or school. If you love to shop, Memorial Day might be a…

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PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES

PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES

5:30 a.m. A loud noise electrifies my body. Without a peep, I reach for the snooze button. Ten minutes later another blast jolts me into motion. With my feet firmly planted on the ground, I make my way to the kitchen. Oh, the blessing of an automatic coffeemaker. Still not fully awake, I notice the clock now reads 5:45 a.m. A pleading prayer immediately pours out, “Lord, it’s another day filled with routines— kids to get ready for school, breakfast…

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TO MOM WITH LOVE

TO MOM WITH LOVE

  As moms, we long to connect with our children. A hug. A smile. A laugh. It’s funny how moms continually push the memory recall button––I remember your first step. Remember the vacation when you… It seems like yesterday when… Do you know what I mean? In my opinion, if doctors could x-ray a mother’s soul, they would find it full of sweet memories and unconditional love for her children. When God opens a window to our children’s souls, we experience…

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WALK with PETER – Part 2

WALK with PETER – Part 2

After supper and when they had sung a hymn… He led them out to the Mount of Olives. –Mark 14:26 Our bellies are full from supper–the last supper. After singing a few songs, Jesus intentionally leads us on a stroll out of Jerusalem up to the Mount of Olives. Ironically, this is the same area where the next day Jesus meets His demise–The Cross. Stopping along the way, Jesus turns and looks at me. As our eyes meet, Jesus says,…

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WALK with PETER – Part 1

WALK with PETER – Part 1

  The Apostle Peter… Bold. Strong. Leader. Energetic. Enthusiastic. Tenacious. Confident. Passionate. Rugged. Yet… Impulsive. Self-focused. Fearful. Impetuous. Self-reliant. Remorseful. Guilt-ridden. Regretful. Jesus called Peter to follow Him. Peter obeyed. He walked beside Jesus for three years experiencing His miracles and healings. Peter heard firsthand Jesus’ teaching lessons and watched miracles unfold – from walking on the water to walking through the countryside of Samaria. Jesus continually displayed God’s truths and messages to those around Him. But… From a human perspective,…

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JESUS’ TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

JESUS’ TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

Word spreads quickly of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. With each step, the crowd multiplies gaining momentum and strength. In unison, they shout, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Tears form as He looks deep into the eyes of the onlookers. A spark of sadness ignites in Jesus’ heart. Tears form as He looks deep into the eyes of the onlookers. A spark of sadness ignites…

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INSIDE THE WALLS OF GUILT

INSIDE THE WALLS OF GUILT

The following is a short story God poured into my heart after praying for a friend held captive by guilt, shame, and blame. ~Inside the Walls of Guilt~ Desire for Grace. Freedom in Forgiveness. Disgrace permeates my mind. Humiliation runs through my veins. My shameful actions seem too great for God to forgive. Once again, I cry out in distress, “God help me let go and fully trust you!” Reluctantly, I grasp my Bible and turn to Psalm 51:1-5… Have…

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FRESH START – 2016

FRESH START – 2016

 If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. –2 Corinthians 5:17 Fresh start. New beginnings. Forgetting what is behind and pressing forward. What does this really mean: The old has gone, the new has come? For some, it means a new commitment, like a New Year’s Resolution––regular exercise, eating healthy, following a daily routine, changing an attitude, using self-discipline, modifying an old habit, or reading through the Bible in a year….

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