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God Restores Time

I love restoring old things. I like to go to antique shops, Goodwill or garage sales and purchasing things I know I can restore. I’ll strip the paint off a door, replace old flowers in a wreath or paint an old table and make it look like new. So many things can be restored: Antiques,…

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His Bride

As a groom is delighted with his bride, So your God will delight in you. Isaiah 62:5b (GNT) Last summer, I had the honor of attending my nieces’ wedding. It was such a beautiful sight to watch her groom eagerly wait for her to walk down the aisle. He could not hide his anxious excitement,…

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God-given Responsibility

This is what the Lord requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) Sometimes I just want to run away. At times it’s vital to my well-being while other times I just need to take a few days and forget about the busy…

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Treasure Your Temple

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” Romans 12:1 (NLT) Imagine arriving at church on Sunday morning…

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I Want to Live With Abandon

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13 (NLT) Chasing after this world had made me tired and unsatisfied in life. I knew there had to be more than what I was doing to make my life here on this earth count. So, I…

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Old Water Jars

“And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves…

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Keep Your Spirit Dressed to the Nines

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” 1 Peter 3:3–4 NLT How often do you check yourself in the mirror…

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Under His Wings

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 NLT I don’t know another way to say this, so I’m going to just shoot straight. Sometimes I feel like screaming. I have had one of those weeks—feeling overwhelmed and overscheduled. So, I went for a peaceful walk around…

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Sister Friends

“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care — then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited…

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Feeling like Damaged Goods

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (NLT) On a recent grocery shopping trip, I walked by a shelf off to the side lined with boxes and cans. Each was imperfect—their packaging was either dented or torn. Above the shelf was a sign: “Damaged Goods.” Although…

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