Monthly Archives: June 2009

“…I feel His pleasure.”

My six year old was born to run. Since he was a toddler, I’ve loved to see him break into a sprint (which is nearly any time there’s a distance to cover of more than 10 feet). In his mind, he’s usually imagining himself as a train of some sort, but I see a future track star.

Olympic runner and missionary to China, Eric Liddell was also born to run. His famous statement has inspired many, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

I think God has given each of us something special like that.

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How Do You Weather?

I took a deep breath and sunk my toes into the sand. Beside me my husband sat with long legs outstretched, one toe tapping to the tunes in his earphones. I closed my eyes and listened to the crashing waves. Knowing my children were happy back at the pool with their grandparents, I let the tension roll down my shoulders and onto the sand where it waited for the wind to carry it away.

Soon, the roar of the waves had to compete with the howl of the wind as the first drops of rain splashed on the tops of my feet.

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God’s Doing a New Thing

The definition of slump, according to Merriam-Webster online is to fall or sink suddenly or to assume a drooping posture or carriage.

How much would I love to blame my recent slump on the endless days of rain we’ve had or on countless other things! I can’t though. I can’t blame my slump on anything but myself. I’m the one with the poor spiritual posture. I’m the one who hasn’t fallen on my knees before God asking for His blessing or direction. I made this slump, now I need to sleep in it. Or instead, I could listen to the Counselor.

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A Miracle

Last time I shared with you that the Lord has faithfully held our family through some difficult storms. I also promised to share some specifics with you, so today I would like to tell you about one with a happy ending. Like so many of you, we still have ongoing prayers where we continue to wait on the Lord’s timing for happy endings ….

About three years ago, my husband became very ill with symptoms like those for congestive heart failure. He had been a faithful exerciser for twenty five years, and other than a very bad virus just a couple of months earlier he had been the picture of health.

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by Sarah

I love my children. I have two girls, ages 4 and 6. They are my heart and my purpose. Even when they make me crazy, as children are wont to do. I received a gift when I became a mother, and it was more than just a baby. It was insight into the heart of God. I have learned more about the nature of God since I had my first child 6 years ago than I learned in the 25 years prior.

I can’t tell you how many times I am in the midst of a mommy moment and the light bulb goes on above my head.

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Hollywood Needs Jesus Too

While enjoying my Sunday afternoon- iced tea in one hand, newspaper in the other, I stumbled across an interview with actor Shia LaBeouf. If you have children you might remember him as the star from the Transformers or Holes movies. His interview left me feeling pretty sad.

At 23 years old he is at the top of the fame and fortune mountain and has every material thing possible for happiness. Yet, he was quoted as saying, “I don’t handle fame well. Most actors on most days don’t think they’re worthy.” LaBeouf says. “I have no idea where this insecurity comes from but it’s a God-sized hole.

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In My Weakness

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:19

In my last devotion, I talked about how I broke my arm, and the reminder that it gave me to appreciate each moment because we never know what’s around the corner. Little did I know, a few days after writing that, I’d be facing another unexpected trial…

One week after getting a cast on my arm, my knee popped out and I fell again, this time, tearing a muscle in my knee. I haven’t been able to walk since. And I can’t use crutches because of my arm cast.

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Praise God Anyhow

There are days when it is easy to praise the Lord. Days when I get up and the sun is shining and all my children are happy and healthy. Days when my husband is extra loving and attentive. Days when I accomplish everything on my list.

But there are other days. Days when it is rainy and I feel depressed. Days when I am nursing a sick child (or more than one). Days when I argue with my husband and feel alone. Days when nothing seems to get done. It is harder to praise on these days.

And then there have been even harder days.

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