Joy in All Circumstances

Do you have joy in your life? Life sure challenges it sometimes does it? We all know what it's like when life doesn't go as planned. Yet, I keep encountering so many people who can say "The Joy of the Lord is my strength," (Nehemiah 8:10) even in the midst of some of the darkest times. I met an incredible woman recently who mentioned she has children. I jumped enthusiastically to my ...

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Let Your Light Shine

I’m sure it’s no big news to you that we live in a youth obsessed culture.  Being a woman in media, I was more acutely aware of it, especially when it came to my job.  You don’t see too many older women in media.  I didn’t celebrate birthdays and I never, EVER, told anyone my age.  I remember when I hit 30 –I thought, “oh, no, I’m so old!  My ...

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Step In Their Shoes

My family has found out that the old saying ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ is so true! My wife Tracy, had Knee Surgery last week. She is doing well, resting and chomping at the bit to get rehab underway. This may sound weird, but it has been an honor to be her main "care giver". Tracy has done so much for me and our 4 kids, dedicating her ...

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A Legacy of Faith and Love

A Legacy of Faith and Love As I write this, my dad is in the hospital. He was admitted two days ago.  What started as a UTI has now morphed into what doctors are calling "a blood infection."  Of course, I had to look it up on "Dr. Google" and it scared me to death.  See, my dad has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and he's getting on in years so any kind ...

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Matthew’s Story

It started with a Facebook post: “What should I do with my kids old VHS tapes?” I had over 20 years of memories in a storage bin, from “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” to Veggie Tales, still in their well loved and worn cases. I remember where each tape came from; a trip to Costco, a birthday, stocking stuffer. Both of my daughters had their favorite. My oldest daughter must have watched “Dumbo” ...

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Digging Wells

It’s time to dig some wells. Have you ever noticed in the Old Testament how many passages are about wells – like Isaiah 12:3?  I learned why in a devotion from Brad White: “…drawing water from a well points to a practice done in ancient times.  After people heard God speak, they would often dig a well and give it a name. As a result, whenever they took water from it, they ...

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Truth and Freedom

A very wise man once said “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” Those words are worth reflecting on as we celebrate the Fourth of July. We have much to be grateful for in our country. Freedoms and opportunities that our ancestors could only dream of! That same wise man also said ““The greatest deception, and the deepest source of unhappiness, ...

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The God of All Comfort

Please don't give up.  Remember that His love is unfailing. Many of us know what it’s like to get into a dark and lonely place where you feel like there’s no way out.  You try to put on a happy face, hope the feelings will pass, trust your faith more. Many times it's a downward spiral of untruths that take hold in your heart and mind that brings us to that place.  ...

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Dreaming Small

Singer, songwriter Josh Wilson sings about dreaming small: Dream small, don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all, Just let Jesus use you where you are. One day at a time, live well, loving God and others as yourself. Find little ways where only you can help, with His great love, A tiny rock can make a giant fall, dream small. Josh Wilson was singing this at an end of school teacher appreciation breakfast at Trickum ...

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Atlanta Traffic and The Holy Spirit

Atlanta Traffic…ARRGGHH!  I love Atlanta – but Atlanta traffic, not so much. During a sermon about the Holy Spirit, my pastor said, “When life puts the squeeze on you, it better be Jesus that’s coming out!” I have to confess, when Atlanta traffic puts the squeeze on me, something comes out, but it is decidedly NOT Jesus. Realizing this, I have two options: I could go into “Woe is me” mode.  I’ve failed, once ...

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