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Be Still

by Rob Dunne

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Tiny homes are fascinating. Kellie and I recently had the opportunity to stay in one. Located in the hill country, we’d lie in bed at night and enjoy a clear view of Orion and the Big and Little Dipper. In the morning, the backyard was visited by a few skittish deer grazing on vegetation. What I found most appealing was the silence. It was far removed from civilization and a place where you could actually hear yourself think.

Before he became king of Israel, David was a shepherd. He spent days and nights watching over the family’s flock. If David was anything like I am with my dog Bailey, he probably held two-way conversations with the sheep. However, the bulk of his time was likely spent in communion with God.

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From Anxiety to Hope

by Robin Puchala

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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 »

One Passionate Prayer

by Dawn Aldrich

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“…tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer.” James 5:16 TPT

 

Hearing only chunks of their phone conversation set my adrenaline running.

“Accident. Car hydroplaned. Rolled over. Car is toast. I’m okay. Thank God for German engineering. State police.”

Instantly, I knew my son’s life had been miraculously spared and I knew who had tried to inflict the worst. My first response after, “Thank you, Jesus!” was “Call your prayer warriors. This is all-out war!”  Read the rest of this entry »

First Love

by Rob Dunne

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“But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!” Revelation 2:4

My wife Kellie and I have been married for over seven years. Most people will say that the honeymoon period is long since over. I disagree. Every morning, I look forward to waking up next to her. After a long day at work, I anxiously await seeing her when I arrive at home. I cherish the time we spend discussing the events of our respective days. On these cold winter nights, lying close to one another at the end of the day is warming and comforting.

Maintaining intimacy doesn’t come easily – Kellie and I put work into our relationship. For instance, we have a weekly date night. Once a week we sit down and ask each other questions from a book entitled, “The Navigator’s Council”. Though the questions are the same each week, they often spark interesting and thought provoking conversations. Spending time with each other in these ways strengthens our intimacy.

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What Good Is

by Wendy

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Anxious and exhausted, I grabbed my journal and flopped on the bed. The room was quiet and neat, just what I needed before the harrowing week ahead.

Oh, the week.  I’d failed miserably two years ago, and I shuddered as images filled my head.  Forty international choral professionals. One world-renowned conductor. And me.  Five days, five opportunities dreaded assignments to conduct. I cloistered myself in my room, studied, skipped meals, and stayed up until 2am conducting.  Finally, with years of habit to unlearn and 2 nights to do it, my arms would not obey. Conducting patterns disappeared as I slipped and slopped my way through piece after piece.  Jangled, disoriented and dismayed, I cried myself to sleep. The next day, terrified, tears seeped out of my eyes in front of the professor, and soon the whole class knew. I was falling, with no net.

Now those same terrifying days would stare me down again in just… twelve hours. Read the rest of this entry »

Filled With The Spirit

by Rob Dunne

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He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself. 1 Corinthians 14:4

My friend Tony is a spirit filled Pentecostal. When he and I first started hanging out, Tony told me that I had to be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. Then I heard people speaking in tongues and thought to myself, this is weird!

The first mention of tongues is found in Acts chapter 2. The Spirit fell on the disciples and they went out in to the street and people from all over the world heard them speak in their native tongue. I thought to myself, “This is what speaking in tongues is about. It is not gibberish. It is an actual, known language.” I fought the idea of speaking in tongues for a long time.

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Path of Promises

by Carol Nicholls

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All of the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him Amen.  2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV

“Every promise in the book is mine, every chapter, every verse, every line…” Those are the words to a simple song I learned in my youth. It has taken many years to really grasp the true meaning. Promise, according to the dictionary, is a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or assurance that a particular thing will happen. In childhood I became very cynical about promises. My parents were very good at thinking out loud. My childlike trusting heart believed their words were promises. More times than not, I was disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

How Good and Pleasant

by Mindy Kiker

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How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1 (NIV)

I consider Psalm 133:1 a “life verse” because I hold onto it for dear life. There is nothing in me that naturally wants to be in unity with others. In my flesh, I typically want to control others and make them obey me. Without God as my guide, I do not want to submit one to another — I want others to submit to me. End of story. All you need to do is say, “Yes, ma’am,” and we’re good to go.

Ouch! There looms Romans 12:15, stepping on my toes, making me squirm, recommending that we “live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but enjoy the company of the lowly. Do not be conceited.” (NIV)

Part of the problem with the concept of unity is that it requires humility, and when humility is in short supply, unity is hard to muster. My husband often says to me, “Mindy, unity does not mean that I must come into line with you, nor does it mean that you must come into line with me. It means that we both need to come into line with God.”

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Be Anxious For Nothing

by Rob Dunne

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Things were not getting off to a very good start. Blood starting draining towards my head as the chair was tilted further and further back. The thumping in my chest increased when the syringe penetrated my gums. It is a curious thing to watch a dentist work. How is it that the needle seems to go that deeply in to your gums? Once it is in your gums, how are they able to move the needle around so much without removing it from your gums first? Read the rest of this entry »

Holy Knees

by Dawn Aldrich

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“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD.”
1 Samuel 1:27-28

I crawled on my knees, for what seemed like forever, after my babies were born. As soon as they stayed awake longer than a feeding, I was on the floor cooing and playing alongside them. When they gained mobility I crawled after them, baby-proofing the house and picking up the debris they left behind.

Before kids, a pair of jeans lasted me a few years. Post kids, holes appeared in the  knees within a year. I reserved one pair of “good jeans” to wear in public so they wouldn’t show any wear around the knees.

Children grew into adolescents and I often missed those days of holy-kneed jeans. I didn’t miss the physical exhaustion as much as the uncomplicated simplicity of those peanut butter and jelly vs. bologna and cheese type of days. It was stepping back as they made their own decisions – good and bad – when I wished for simpler days. Read the rest of this entry »

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