You are blessed and loved-1

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Hello! Welcome to our new series on experiencing more of God’s love and presence. Why? Because the more we experience and are transformed by God’s love, then the more we can be change agents of love in our families, neighborhoods, and communities. Because the more we experience and are transformed by God’s love, then the more we can be change …

Perfect love casts out fear – 9

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Dear Friends, Sorry, I haven’t posted as regularly this month. On Saturday, we grieved and remembered a special young woman. If you pray, could you please pray God’s comfort for her parents, brothers, and friends. Thank you. ________________________ v. 18   There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and …

One way we can receive God’s love- 2

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I remember holding our baby girl for the first time: my joy at her existence and arrival. My husband and I could scarcely believe she was here—ten fingers, ten toes, and a healthy set of lungs. I didn’t once think about what she could do for me. Many people, including myself in the past, unconsciously think God loves us more …

8 Things I learned in May 2016

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Podcasts, a movie, a book, writing advice from William Safire and a webisode are some of this month’s finds: 1. If you want pansies to self-sow and produce glorious purple color from fall into mid-spring in a pot, give them enough water. I used to think they didn’t last very long but now I know it is because they didn’t …

A Prayer to Live Awake

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To live wide awake is not about finding a way around the suffering or difficulties in life. It is stepping into the life God has for you. To live fully is not contingent on how long we live. Or even any of the measures we commonly use to measure success. —Erwin McManus, Wide Awake, 115.     Photo used with …

On why perfectionism steals our peace

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I’m delighted to have Lisa Murray share wisdom and her insights on how to experience peace for a lifetime. As a recovering perfectionist, I have seen how it can steal my joy. So her guest post is also an unofficial part of our exploring Joy Series. Why Perfectionism Will Always Steal Our Peace It’s always there. Like a mosquito I …

A Prayer for Lent

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God, help us find our confession; The truth within us which is hidden from our mind; The beauty or ugliness we see elsewhere But never in ourselves; The stowaway which has been smuggled Into the dark side of the heart, Lead us into the darkness that we may find what lies concealed; That we may confess it towards the light. – Michael Leunig Photo …

On growing and abiding in joy – 7

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Many years ago, our family visited a cherry orchard (*). Row after row of green trees laden with small red orbs stood before us. The sun warmed our bodies. We climbed ladders and picked one red cherry at a time, careful to not crush each one. It made me appreciate how much time and effort it takes to pick enough …

Two Ways You Can Be Present To Joy – 4

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Novel in hand, I settle into a corner of our faded sofa after washing dinner dishes. Our dog Bailey, leaves his designated half of the sofa and scoots toward me. His moist pink-brown nose nudges my arm until I lift it up and rub behind his soft golden ears. He closes his eyes and nestles next to me. My fingers …

Top 3 Things I learned in 2015 (& song)

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I gaze through glass sliding doors at where our small wisteria tree once stood. In my mind’s eye, I see a thin grey trunk, empty of branches remains. A symbol of hope after a big storm. I sit at our kitchen table and reflect on last year. 1. The theme of trusting God recurred over and over. (Disclaimer: This will …