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You’re Invited to the Feast!

by Robin Puchala

Feast by Laura DePonte
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“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6(NIV)

I really look forward to the holiday feasts my family and I prepare.  Turkey and stuffing, fresh green beans, various casseroles and pumpkin or apple pie are some of my favorites. What are yours? And the aromas are intoxicating, making me hungry way before dinner!

In Ancient Israel feasts were very important – wedding feasts customarily included the whole town and wealthy men invited friends to sumptuous lunches.

We know that God Himself will invite us to the marriage feast of the Lamb, His Son, Jesus, as the Church becomes His spotless bride and the greatest celebration ever held will commence.  Read the rest of this entry »

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From Anxiety to Hope

by Robin Puchala

Image by Lauren Rushing
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4: 6, 7

I know we don’t mean to worry, but honestly, don’t we all have moments when we do? There was a time when I did. I’d rehearse old hurts, replay incidents in my mind, allow all the old feelings of discouragement to come flooding back, keep the past alive so that God would have trouble breaking through to recreate me.

I lived in a place of defensiveness, until God spoke to my heart and said, “Why are you wasting your time on this? I have saved you and delivered you. Come away, my Beloved!” Which sounds very much like Isaiah 55:2, a verse the Lord uses often to keep me focused:

Why spend your money on what is not bread and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen to me and eat what is good. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Rest

by Robin Puchala

Image by Diana Robinson
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“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Vacations loom large as colorful sunsets fire up our evenings and warm, inviting sunshine bathes us during the days. (Ahh, breathe a deep sigh of relief).

When I was a little girl, my family rented a cottage a block or two from the beach in early August. All summer I waited with great anticipation to smell the salty sea air, run and squish my toes in the soft, wave-beaten sand, and swim, splash, or body surf in the waves. It was my time of rest and refreshment.

In Matthew 11:28 (TPT) it says, “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.”

Ponder those words. Read the rest of this entry »

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