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Trusting Through The Tears

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For we walk by faith, not by sight. -2 Corinthians 5:7 (NJKV)

We just received the news. It’s not good. Not on one account but two.

We sit on our couch and offer words of encouragement to one another.

“God will provide.”

“We’ll be okay.”

“We can make this work.”

“Things will change, but we’ll be stronger in the end.”

“God has never failed us before. He isn’t about to start now.”

We hug and kiss and he leaves to go blow up tanks with the boys.

I retreat to the kitchen to make dinner. I crank the praise music and I trust.

I really do.

And yet the tears come.

Today I have the honor of guest posting at Pressing In and Pressing On! To continue reading this post on Starla’s wonderfully encouraging blog, CLICK HERE.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. –Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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Weary From The Race

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Life is a race.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.                                                                             ~ Philippians 3:12-14

In the Bible, life is compared to a race.

It has been said that life isn’t a sprint, but a marathon. I have never run a marathon, but I’ve exercised enough to know that when one takes on a marathon, he knows it isn’t going to be easy. Most of us are in this for the long haul.

So should we be surprised when it gets tough? We know it isn’t always going to be easy. Sometimes it will be downright difficult. Sometimes it stops us in our tracks and brings us to our knees. If we know this, why do we struggle so?

I would guess one reason is that we don’t like being uncomfortable. Yet, I know no one who would describe running a marathon as comfortable. Continue reading →

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My #1 Rule For The Frugal Kitchen (& How I Just Broke It!)

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I’m sick to my stomach.

I just broke my #1 rule for my frugal kitchen.

I let 1/2 of a bottle of grapeseed oil go bad. Like really bad. It’s September and it expired in March. I don’t usually worry too much about expiration dates. (The chili that I am eating as I type this used a can of tomatoes that expired a few months ago.) But this smells rancid. It’s definitely bad. Healthy oils are one of the most expensive food items I purchase to feed my family. This would have been one of the last things I would have wanted to waste.

I purchased this oil for making homemade mayo, salad dressings, and skincare. Somehow, it got pushed to the very back of a deep cabinet and forgotten about. Ugh! Waste makes me unhappy because I simply cannot afford to throw away food. When I think of the millions of starving people around the world, it makes me feel even worse. Continue reading →

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The Power Of Encouragement

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Never underestimate the power of encouraging one another!

Yesterday, I shared about my experience of using Scripture to overcome a fearful situation. You can read that post by clicking here.

To recap, I was sharing about my fear and trepidation of climbing up a ladder and onto my roof so that my husband could shoot a photo for the cover of my ebook.

I shared a lesson that I learned about really believing God’s Word.

Today, I’d like to share the second lesson I learned. Back to the story… Continue reading →

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Grateful For His Grace

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 Titus 3:1-7 

When we talk about grace, we often find it more apt that God is greater at this than we. Yet, it is one of the most remarkable qualities of the believer that we seem to understand. It is probably the one biggest trait that separates the regenerate from the rest of the world. It has the amazing power to overcome our personal need for justice.

To emphasize my point, I want to share a story with you— Continue reading →

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The God of Comfort

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2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (Click on the highlighted text to open these verses in a new window)

Have you noticed how much misery there is in the world today? Everywhere one turns, there seems to be no end of wretchedness, despair, and unhappiness. People often ask me why God allows so much suffering in the world. It is an interesting question, to be sure, but it is one that I cannot adequately answer. I have found myself involved many times in this theological discussion without ever having resolved the issue to anyone’s satisfaction. We always seem to arrive at the stock answers to life’s dilemma regarding suffering. Continue reading →

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My Life Song – Live Like That

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live-like-thatSometimes I am so laser focused on the to-do lists that I let the daily tasks of life dominate my thoughts and actions.

And then I listen to the song Live Like That by Sidewalk Prophets. The lyrics to that song inspire and encourage me in a way that causes me to zoom out and take a bird’s eye look at my life. From that view, I remember that I am a small part of something much greater.

Let’s consider the lyrics: Continue reading →

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Blessings

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A dear friend, missionary, and fellow blogger shared recently a post she, too, called BLESSINGS. (You can click on the highlighted text to visit her site.)

Bonnie wrote about how much the word “bless” is used and she began to “ponder what does BLESS really mean to me.” She not only shared a few of her thoughts, but encouraged her readers to do the same.

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Joyful, Hopeful, Patient, & Prayerful

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A few years ago, my Sister-In-Law gave me a beautiful postcard that I have kept in my kitchen ever since. It has a picture of a big, bright sunflower and the words found in Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

These words have been a source of strength to me over the years as I have read them. It recently occurred to me, however, that perhaps I have become so familiar with these words that I am letting them wash over me, rather than allowing them to really sink in. Come swim with me, will you? Continue reading →

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Grace, Not Perfection

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I so enjoy being a part of the online community.

I look forward to visiting my favorite blogs on a regular basis. I’m thrilled when I learn something new. I am moved when people share their hearts, their burdens, and their struggles. I appreciate being encouraged to grow in my faith with a wonderful devotion. Knowing how I feel about food, you can imagine how happy new recipes make me!

The thing is, we have to be very careful.

It is so easy for us to set standards based on the lives of others and set ourselves up for comparisons and competitions. This is dangerous, my friends, for it often leads to feelings of inadequacy, guilt, or discontentment. We must tread with caution. Continue reading →

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Wrestling with God

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The 32nd chapter of Genesis, among other things, tells the story of Jacob wrestling with God. That story has always intrigued me. As with many Old Testament stories, I often ponder not only their significance in Scripture, but what application they may have in my own life.If you’ve read the story, you know that after their little wrestling match, God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. 

We cannot meet God and remain unchanged.

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