Incommunicado While Incognito–My Hiding Place

I’m incognito at Walmart at 6:30 in the morning, which means I have no makeup on, wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap on my head, and ragged ill-matched clothes. I’m in a hurry and I’m in hiding. I can’t talk to anyone looking like this. Surely no one will recognize me. “Hi, Karen, how are you?” […]

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Come Journey with Jacob. Is This Word for You?

You and I are on a journey through this life. What are some things we can do to make it a good one? Read Genesis 35:1-5 with me and let’s see what we can learn from Jacob’s journey. Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who […]

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Never Underestimate the Pinch

A pinch goes a long way in cooking, the Kingdom of God, and life in general. I always said, “If I couldn’t read, I would not be able to cook.” I read and follow recipes meticulously. That’s how I do it. My husband’s grandmother, on the other hand, never had use for a written recipe. […]

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Love Big This Christmas

What does “Love Big!” look like to you? Is it when you are first to say to your spouse, “I’m sorry; please forgive me. Can we start over?” when you’ve both just blown up in each other’s face? Yes, that is loving big! When you wait for your spouse to go first, that is loving […]

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Amazement and Its Two Very Different Reactions

Amazement is the wonder I experience at a circus. For a few short hours, I’m amazed by each performer. It holds my attention, but I walk away unchanged. Therefore, it is just another entertaining afternoon. I’m amazed yet unfazed. “When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him […]

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Relationship: The Teacup and the Hammer

Relationship was in God’s mind when He created man, and it works best when we are in right relationship with Him and others. But everyone has experienced a strained relationship at some point in life. Today, I want to tell you the story about one such relationship involving a teacup and a hammer. Once upon […]

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Joy in the Struggle

Joy in the struggle is only possible when: 1) you’re a child of God, and 2) you recognize and embrace His joy. In every generation and every people group, struggles are commonplace. Do others know you’re a Christ-follower when you’re in the middle of a difficult situation? They will if they see your joy. In […]

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Time for What’s Important

“Time is of the essence! If you say that something is of the essence, you mean that it is absolutely necessary in order for a particular action to be successful. Hi. My name is Mary, and my sister’s name is Martha. We have a very good friend, Jesus, who stopped by to eat lunch with […]

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Down in the Trenches

Down in the trenches of WWI, a young soldier writes, “You simply can have no idea what it is like to be in the trenches for days and weeks on end under enemy fire. Life means nothing here.” Yet this is exactly where God calls His servants to go. As ministers of the Gospel of […]

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Process–Precious Time in the Presence of Jesus

Much of life for me has happened in process, and that’s a good thing. What do I mean by that? Similar to the blind man Jesus heals as told in Mark 8:22-26, many of God’s miracles in my life are not instantaneous, but miracles none the less. I don’t downplay the “supernatural, only way to […]

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