Monthly Archives: April 2009

Strength and Healing

I am currently in the process of trying to prepare for an unexpected (but fun) trip that my husband and I are planning on taking next weekend. This process, though very exciting at first has begun to consume me. Every time I turn around there is yet another issue to resolve, another item to purchase and another detail to cover.

Sure, part of it is due to the number of children that are involved and the childcare necessary to handle them while we’re gone for even just four days. Another part of it though is worry and anxiety on my part because…you guessed it, I’m not giving it to God as I should.

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Opposite World

Jesus said we live in an opposite world. Just one glance at Luke 6 verses 20-38 proves it. Imagine reading these words for the very first time…

20…”Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.

23 “Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.

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Stopping Traffic

Today I stopped a crowd. I didn’t intend to cause such a commotion, it was just a little distraction, but many people followed.

A large group of friends and I were walking back to our hotel room through a mall after attending a conference. I happened to be at the front of the group when I saw a very trendy necklace in shop window. I stopped to have a look which stopped the group I was walking with, the rest of my friends behind them, and another group of ladies walking behind them. Then more people stopped to see what this big group of people were looking at!

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Just Like the Disciples

Do you ever have difficulty believing something you know Christ has promised? Perhaps you have heard Him whisper, “you will have that child you so desperately want, just wait” or “your marriage is not over, trust me” or “I will provide for you, you will have everything you need.” Sometimes we think the things He has promised us, the things we dream of, just can’t possibly be true. Then we feel like second rate Christians, not worthy of carrying His name and promise to the lost. We think, “If I can’t trust Him, how can I be worthy to ask anyone else to?” If you have found yourself doubting or confused lately, don’t be so hard on yourself, you are surprisingly just like the disciples.

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Making a difference…

Do you want to make an impact for God, but aren’t sure how to?

Do you look at others who are serving and wish you felt more qualified to make a difference too?

About ten years ago, I felt a nudging to get involved as a mentor to teen moms through Youth for Christ. At the time, I was a new mom myself. My daughter was only a few months old and my son wasn’t even born yet. As I considered becoming a mentor, I doubted whether I should. After all, who was I to help other moms when I was still learning myself?

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The Word is Grace

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. – II Corinthians 12:9

I was twenty-four years old – broken in spirit, weary in flesh, and heavy in heart- the night I discovered grace for the first time.

Grace wasn’t a foreign word to me. I had grown up on church pews. I had listened for years to Sunday school lessons that expounded on the magnificent grace of God. I had heard what could quite possibly be called the greatest sermons ever on the attributes of grace. Of how, though undeserved , grace flowed to God’s children, bathing their lives in unmerited favor.

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The Wonderous Cross

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. Colossians 2:13-15

My grandparents once lived in the beautiful and historic Brandywine Valley. I enjoyed walking down Briton Bridge Road with my PapPap and marveling at the picturesque countryside complete with rolling green hills, sprawling estates, and inviting orchards.

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I just drove across town in my pajamas. Pink pajamas with pink and white love hearts, and pink slippers, also adorned with love hearts. It did cross my mind before I left about packing some spare clothes in case I ran out of petrol or got a flat, but I thought it would make a good story if I got caught in my PJ’s so drove off with a little smile on my face.

I was going to a friends house to watch a movie. There are some friends you can do that with: hang out in your PJ’s, raid the fridge, drop in unannounced, share anything with, talk, pray and encourage each other through the ups and downs of life.

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