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"Who can discern his own errors? Cleanse me from my hidden faults."—Psalm 19:12 Have you ever prayed this? He'll do ...
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Well, this morning has been "unusual"... 🙃 ...out of my "norm"... You see, I was "kicked out" of my usual ...
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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."—Matthew 5:8"Come and see what God has done: he is ...
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No coffee for me this morning... ☕️ 😩 ...heading in for some fasting bloodwork labs in a bit. But the ...
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"What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we ...
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I woke up, wide awake— around 2:22 AM this morning... ...and I couldn't go back to sleep. I immediately thought ...
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I am in an interesting place within the season I'm in. And it FEELS like this season may be nearing ...
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I want to be honest about something... There is a desire—a struggle that sometimes rises up from within my soul ...
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"O God, how extravagant is your cherishing love!    All mankind can find a hiding place    under the shadow of your wings.8 All may ...
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“I don’t think the way you think.    The way you work isn’t the way I work.”        God’s Decree.“For as the sky soars ...
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"Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move,    so that I can walk onward in your truth    until ...
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When God moves... I want to move with Him. I do not want to be left behind in whatever it ...
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Do you know how you "know things"... ...and then the Lord takes you into a "deeper knowing" of that particular ...
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This morning feels so simple... Short and sweet. 🧁 I don't feel wordy, and that is okay. 😆 Father, thank ...
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"So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, ...
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"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world ...
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Have you ever been so excited and motivated about something that God is doing in your life... "super-charged" ...something that ...
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This morning, as I spent some time in prayer about the season I have found myself in, and seeking God ...
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We like to see quick results, don't we? I mean, I do. It's one thing to keep at something that ...
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"For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to ...
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"Test and prove what pleases the Lord. Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them."—Ephesians 5:10-11 The Lord is convicting me this morning ...
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Oh, when He writes His words upon my heart... 💖🌊 ✍️ When something He speaks sinks so deeply into my ...
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As I came to sit down at the table this morning, I kept hearing this phrase—like it kept interrupting me ...
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"I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,your sins like the morning mist.Return to me,for I have redeemed you."—Isaiah ...
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"Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted ...
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Even in the "quiet"... when I cannot hear You speaking, when I do not understand... I will know... I will ...
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Good Morning, Heavenly Father... I come to You... And I open my heart before You. ❤️☀️ Oh these swirling thoughts ...
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Have you ever had a situation or circumstance in your life... ...and no one seems to have the answers for ...
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...I poured into my journal this morning. 📝✨ It felt good to get these things in my heart out, and ...
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“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the ...
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"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."—Psalm 51:10 "Keep your heart with ...
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Have you ever paused for a moment... and realized... that you are in "a difference place" "a new, and different ...
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There are so many things in my life right now that I never would have dreamed I would love and ...
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So I'm sitting here, trying to figure out how I can communicate what is on my heart this morning. Here ...
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Have you ever discovered a "dream in your heart"... and it seems near impossible as you look at yourself or ...
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Here I am, in this passage of scripture, yet again this morning... "I am doing something brand new, something unheard of.    Even ...
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"As you do not know the path of the wind,or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,so you ...
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Have you ever lost something that was meaningful to you? Have you ever had something very precious stolen from you? ...
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How easy is it to get all wrapped up in "tomorrow"? How easy is it to become obsessed with questions ...
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"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a ...
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Good Morning, Heavenly Father. 💖 How amazing it is to know... That You've chosen us. You've chosen me. You've made ...
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"O send out your light and your truth;       let them lead me;let them bring me to your holy ...
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I remember a season of my life, where I dealt with horrible, intrusive thoughts... Thoughts that would freak me out ...
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I've struggled with social anxiety, in some way, shape, or form, for most of my life... Sometimes it's not so ...
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Well, yesterday was an interesting day "on the farm"... 🥺 You may or may not know this, but we've been ...
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"In his feathers he shall deliver you and under his wings you shall have refuge; his truth shall surround you ...
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"And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from ...
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Well, we arrived back home from our camping trip yesterday afternoon. 🏕 It was a much needed time for me ...
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So we decided to go on a semi, spur-of-the-moment camping trip for a couple of days. 🏕 I have to ...
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Have you ever read a passage of scripture... and all of a sudden, you just feel it? 💓 Something sinks ...
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"Teach me Your way, O Lord;I will walk in Your truth;Unite my heart to fear Your name.I will praise You, ...
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It's been 8 years since I first dared to ask the Lord if He would heal me... I've dealt with ...
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Note to Self: When you open your bible to the exact same spot—no bookmark, 2 days in a row, and ...
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I love the way God speaks to me in "my language"... 🌷📸 🌈 And I love the way God leads ...
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Have you ever decided not to do something because you just didn't think you had it in yourself to do ...
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Have you ever wanted God to just take something away? To remove something out of your life, out of your ...
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I love studying and understanding "human behavior"... Perhaps you've heard of the term "mirroring"? It's said that "mirroring" with another ...
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How do we face the place of "unknown?" How do we find the courage, the strength and stability that we ...
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"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, ...
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"When I am afraid,I will put my trust in You."—Psalm 56:3 Did you notice in that verse, that it says ...
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Have you ever found yourself in the "place" of being SO hungry to learn... to grasp something to understand... ...that ...
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How do I explain... How do I express? The sense of surprise... The joy... The sense of relief... When God ...
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Felt like He spoke this into my heart this morning... ...and perhaps, this portion wasn't just for me. "...Thank Me ...
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This morning, I'm filled with so. many. questions... Curious questions... Hungry questions... Not, "Why, God, why?" kinds of questions... But ...
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Sometimes we have to go through times of "not understanding"—a realization that we just do not understand... And often times, ...
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What is it that we've believed... that we would think we want or need to be... "the same"...as everybody else ...
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There is a moment... ...when we "break open" before the Lord... Sometimes it takes a little time... and sometimes we ...
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This morning as I came before the Lord... I asked Him to wash away something that He led me to ...
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Oh God, You are a God... Who longs to share the hidden, unseen things with us. You long to share ...
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If we didn't have to live an imperfect life here on the earth... would we truly be able to grasp ...
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We often find God in the midst of the inconvenient things. In the midst of pain. In the midst of ...
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Who or what do you run to? Have you ever thought about it? We have a Heavenly Father who longs— ...
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A long time ago—well actually...not too long ago, in the grand scheme of things... I couldn't see God as a ...
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Well... here I find myself writing around 7 PM rather than 7 AM today... The Lord changed a few things ...
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As I was in prayer this morning, something began to BURST from within my heart. 💖 Here it is... There ...
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This morning I took a journey back through some of my journals from 2016-2018... Every now and then the Lord ...
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"I've got you... Yes, you may have to endure through the valley for a little while... but your journey through ...
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Have you ever felt as though... you've found yourself in a "shallow" kind of place? —a place without much feeling ...
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Can we learn... to be grateful—even for the things that "hinder" us in life? Even for the trials the weaknesses ...
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Don't be ashamed of where you are in your journey with Him... Don't be ashamed of walking through the "valley." ...
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"...the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of ...
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This morning I turned straight to Mark 16:9, and it says... "Now when He rose early on the first day ...
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Have you ever gone through something... And then you realize... that now you truly "understand" what it's like to go ...
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Have you ever felt as though... God led you up to a place in your life, and it's like you ...
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There has been an intense resistance that I've felt this morning... To be honest, even just bringing myself to the ...
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Were you ever afraid of the dark as a child? Oh, I was. ...I would call it more of a ...
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The moment... when your heart begins to break open before Him... and in that same moment... you can FEEL His ...
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Have you ever discovered yourself thinking in this way... "Well, if I can't do ____________ to a certain, acceptable, high-enough ...
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Do you tend to start with "simple" and expand into the details, only if they are necessary? Or do you ...
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Sometimes it can be a challenge... to "keep on keeping on"... when it comes to something that has "no results" ...
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"Why do we do the things that we do?" This question intrigues me... I love digging into the depths of ...
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I've been pondering... 🍃 ...we're born— ...and then we dive right into this sinful, broken world... ...but then... we're given ...
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“The winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory.”—Richard Sibbes You may ...
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I was sitting here this morning— writing, reflecting, talking with the Lord about some things... And He so wonderfully interrupted ...
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Well—here I am again... Putting words onto the page... Ever since I began writing on this journal site a couple ...
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When I think of the beginning of "Spring"... I think of a time of gentle "unfolding"... A beautiful, and sometimes ...
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"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."—Psalm 91:1 ...
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I remember in the very, very beginning of when I started facing some things in my heart, before the Lord ...
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I feel like there is so much changing right now... Things are always changing, but this feels like an intensified, ...
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So I'm digging into a new book called, "The Feeler" by James Goll... I remember when I heard him mention ...
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There are moments in the process of heart and mind healing, when something is so painfully triggered... And in these ...
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Do you ever notice... the feeling when a place within your heart is so touched— and tears (the most renewing, ...
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When I see a building—a skyscraper, a town, a city... a garden landscape, or a beautiful home—so perfectly customized for ...
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I don't know about you... but I don't like the part of the "process" where I don't get to SEE ...
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Do you ever feel as though... you've left something "old"... ...but you haven't quite taken off running into the "new"? ...
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I'm learning... in the midst of my struggles... That sometimes God will allow us to remain in these kinds of ...
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And He brings His light in... ...into any kind of situation, any kind of heart... revealing what is true... showing ...
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Good Morning, Lord. ☀️ How You take care of me... How You know me so well... How You make "good ...
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As I sat down at the table this morning, I heard and I felt the tenderness of this: "You—are on ...
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Is it strange... That when I'm getting to know a person, what I really I long to learn about them, ...
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"...Father...the words don't feel like they're flowing as they usually do..." ...these are the words I've written to Him this ...
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It's amazing how much the level of anxiety that I've been experiencing over the last few weeks...has finally begun to ...
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I had a moment yesterday... A moment where it suddenly hit me that the house was a "disaster" and I ...
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Right now, I'm in a season of learning... just how much our Heavenly Father cares about the heart— the foundational ...
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Yesterday at my parents' house, I came across some old journals of mine from around 2000-2003. The "High school years" ...
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As I look at Psalm 91—a psalm that God brought into my life in such a powerful and personal way ...
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One time I was talking with the Lord about something that I was having a really hard time with, and ...
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"You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he ...
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I vividly recall a memory... 6th grade I was in the restroom with the other girls and I could not ...
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I have a funny little story to tell you... Well, it's not really "funny" but... I'm choosing to look at ...
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I woke up around 2:30 AM this morning... ...half asleep... And words were just bursting and flowing into my heart—phrases ...
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What if... it's ALL more than worth... going through the thing you're going through... going through the thing that almost ...
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"...He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted..."—Luke 4:18 Sometimes there are broken places within us... within our hearts That ...
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The sunrise is back... ☺️☀️✨ ...and it's so beautiful, and warm, and hopeful, and glorious this morning. I wish I ...
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When you think of the word "struggle"... Do you think of "weakness"? "Oh, so and so must be struggling.... I'm ...
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It's not easy to write, so publicly, from the place of being "right here in the middle" "in the hard ...
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There's nothing quite like the moments—the encounters... ...when God lets you know... ...in the most precise, and personal way... That ...
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Yesterday was "hard"... ...when it shouldn't have been. Have you had days like that? Days when the battle is raging ...
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"You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and ...
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Good Morning, Heavenly Father 💝🌈 How I love to write about You... How I love to learn about You... ...How ...
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God is faithful to remind me... To remind me of His love... To remind me of His truth... To remind ...
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As I was sitting here this morning, the plants hanging by my window caught my attention... And as I looked ...
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My name... "Heather" It means, "a small, strong, flowering evergreen shrub that grows low to the ground, and, and is ...
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Have you ever suddenly noticed something "sour" in your own heart? And then you take notice of the way you've ...
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This morning the Lord led me to a verse, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God turned ...
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...and then He brings us to the place where we are to take "the next step"... Whether that "step" means ...
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I'm realizing that... Sometimes God allows "the hindrances" to remain, for a little while. Sometimes for what seems like a ...
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I heard a beautiful quote this morning... "Read your bible......but let your bible read you." Think about it... What happens ...
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To be honest... I've been dealing with some things—some unexpected issues in my body. Do you ever feel like your ...
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I've been up since 5 AM, just processing some things... Have you ever had moments where you've felt like you've ...
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I'm realizing that there is something so beautiful about the way God longs for us to be able to recognize ...
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Have you ever found yourself so desperately attempting to grasp for some kind of "understanding"... And then suddenly after a ...
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When the Lord wants to teach us something, He knows that sometimes the best way... is to take us right ...
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This morning has been quite an adventure that I'm still processing... (Isn't it wonderful and incredible how the Lord can ...
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Do you ever feel a bit overwhelmed at "living" out this thing called "life"? ...at really living it? ...at really ...
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"Even though you were once distant from him, living in the shadows of your evil thoughts and actions, he reconnected ...
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I look forward to watching the sunrise each morning... ☀️ How to describe it? I think of the word, "glorious" ...
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"...So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."—Isaiah 61:3 This ...
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I absolutely love the way God speaks to us through our dreams. ?✨ I love the way God has prepared ...
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"From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part ...
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This morning, the Lord is putting a reminder on my heart... "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, ...
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Yesterday, the enemy came at me again with these kinds of things... "...you're too much. You just need to go ...
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This morning the Lord took me on a journey through my 2019 and 2020 journals again... He's showing me the ...
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"Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will ...
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No matter what we face... No matter how intimidating the "giant" that stands before us is... No matter what we ...
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Our God knows our hearts... "...for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but ...
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I came across this quote this morning... "God will let you walk into uncomfortable situations where all you can do ...
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"But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of ...
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I was the "one"... I was the "one" who hid myself away in bitter silence... I was the "one" who ...
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I don't know that I'll be able to convey or explain the sense of excitement that is in my heart ...
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I wrestled to be able to write on here this morning... Honestly, as I type these words... I'm still wrestling ...
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This morning, I was talking with the Lord about the fact that we are living in such a time of ...
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Sometimes God prevents things from happening... ...He puts a stop to an attempt of the enemy... And sometimes... God allows ...
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God has a way... ...of doing what needs to be done... He digs into problems to fix them, to heal ...
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I have an honest little story to tell you... My alarm went off at the usual 5 AM, I got ...
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"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."—Colossians 3:2 I am here to ...
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He knew it would be this way... Living this life here, in this kind of world, in this day... He ...
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What is it about "waiting" that can be so hard? "Therefore, return to your God,Observe kindness and justice,And wait for ...
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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."—Matthew 5:8"Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things ...
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This morning, I'm zeroing in on the reminders that have been written and established in the scriptures. His Word is ...
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To the one who feels all alone in what they are facing... To the one who is suffering in silence ...
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I used to think this way... "God, I repent....as sincerely as I know how, You know this! But how can ...
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What does "discouragement" really mean? To discourage means “to deprive of confidence, hope or spirit; dishearten, daunt.” Afflict, beat down, ...
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I have to admit, it's rather strange for the year of 2020 to have already flown by... There are so ...
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"I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds."—Psalm 9:1 ...
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How do we become "strengthened"? How do we become "seasoned?" How does a person become "conditioned" to actually be strong, ...
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I was sitting here this morning, just feeling thankful for the time I get to share with my heavenly Father ...
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First, I have to share a picture of this beautiful candle a couple of dear friends gave to me yesterday ...
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This morning has been very strange... I've wrestled for about an hour to "break through".... whatever "this" is—it honestly feels ...
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“We should thank God for being with us, not ask Him to be with us (this is always given!).” —Henry ...
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"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the ...
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Have you ever reflected back upon your life—perhaps through the writings of your journals, maybe from a memory that suddenly ...
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It's interesting how the world of social media, has become "a world".... Especially right now, in this time. For some, ...
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"...for You have been my help,and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your ...
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I find it interesting.... fascinating... That December 21st is officially the "shortest day, and the longest, darkest night" of the ...
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I believe one of the things the Lord wants us to keep in our hearts, in our thoughts, readily accessible ...
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This morning as I sit here in the stillness.... Feeling thankful for a peaceful home—my Christmas tree all lit up ...
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The Lord keeps bringing me to the place in Jeremiah where it says... "'Do not be afraid of their faces, ...
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Does "hope" feel impossible for your heart right now? Do you fear "getting your hopes up" because you've been wounded ...
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"O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your greatness and power to Your servant. For what god in heaven ...
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No matter what kind of uncertainty we face... Even in the midst of a scary "unknown"... ...in the midst of ...
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What is it about the Christmas season that seems to help "fuel" our hope? How the story of Jesus reminds ...
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I was talking with the Lord about some things in my life right now. Asking Him all the questions, all ...
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Did you know, that "In God We Trust" is the official motto of the United States of America? I feel like if the ...
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I'm realizing that if God keeps us in a place of "unknown"... ...If what we are seeking still remains a ...
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Sometimes, when I come to meet the Lord at the table... I feel a bit "numb" at the start... I ...
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The Lord has this beautiful way of leading us into a "heart check" when we need one... And He never, ...
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I'm going through this "thing" right now... ...and it ranges from being a minor "hindrance" to "Father! I can't deal ...
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My life has been a journey... A process... A lot of my life has been a life of "closing myself ...
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"I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."—Psalm ...
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This morning, 2 Chronicles 12:14 jumped out at me... "And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart ...
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Have you ever found yourself in the middle of something you never thought you'd be going through? Never saw it ...
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The thing that's on my heart this morning is very simple... There is hope. "Blessed be the God and Father ...
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A reminder of who our God is... ??☀️ The Song of Moses (Exodus 15, The Message Translation) 15 1-8 Then ...
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I have a note in my phone that I was reminded of this morning... It was something I had to ...
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I woke up around 3 AM this morning, and happened across this from @blessedlifeofficial —I knew I needed to share it ...
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"But Lord, I feel like I don't fit in? What if I don't find a place to belong? I feel ...
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I'm so thankful that the Holy Spirit has led me into what is true... ?☀️ I'm so thankful that He ...
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Have you ever cried out to God and said, "Father! Won't You take this away from me? Please take this ...
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I got slammed yesterday... It felt like a sudden burst of harsh wind that hit me...and, honestly, I got a ...
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Can I just be honest right now? I felt like I was to write this "right now"... "LIVE on the ...
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Whenever you find yourself in the middle of something hard.... Whenever you find yourself in the middle of the pain ...
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This morning I am finding rest in the truth... ...that God's Word does not return void. "So will My word ...
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I wanted to share this music with you this morning.... As I sat down with the Lord this morning, and ...
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The Lord brought me to Psalm 83 this morning. It's an intense Psalm, isn't it? It's very real in the ...
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I kind of think I was made to "grow into" my name. "Heather" It means, "flowering." It's a kind of ...
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I love this song by Josh Garrels... Wanted to share it on here this morning... because it soothed and encouraged ...
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I don't know that I've ever heard God more clearly—in the way of putting a pen to exactly what He ...
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Last night, as I was attempting to settle down for the evening, I started "scrolling" Facebook for a little bit ...
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I love the stillness of the morning when it's still dark out—knowing that the start of a glorious sunrise is ...
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"And the word of the LORD came to me, asking, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” “I see a branch of an almond tree,” I replied. “You have observed correctly,” said the LORD, “for ...
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The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked A Psalm of David. 37 Do not fret because ...
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I think it deeply pleases God when we ask Him things like, "Father? What do You think about this?What's on ...
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Jesus said, “This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; ...
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"You are near, O Lord,And all Your commandments are truth."—Psalm 119:151 I'll be honest... I had to really "push through" ...
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I'm realizing.... it's sinking in.... ...that when I decided to take God's way, His path, His plan for my life ...
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Have you ever had a thought—a sudden "story in your head" of how something seems to be, and based on ...
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"Father, what's Your will in this situation? What's Your way? Because knowing You, and knowing me... I know that Your ...
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"The moment they began their shouts and praises, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount ...
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I think, if there's something 2020 has "taught us"... It's not to believe everything that is presented as "truth".... Not ...
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God has this way of allowing us to make certain kinds of mistakes... And then there are the "almost mistakes" ...
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"Strengthen the weak hands,And make firm the feeble knees.4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted,“Be strong, do not fear!Behold, your God will come with vengeance,With the recompense of ...
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"A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything ...
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This is a historic day. It's an important day. I believe it's a "turning-point" day... And while we each have ...
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God so joyously works behind the scenes.... it's like I can almost imagine the kind of smile He would have ...
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Do you ever feel like you're just really fighting, and wrestling within your soul? ...struggling in the mind, wrestling in ...
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This morning, I'm reminded again, and in an even deeper way, that we are created to be "children of light" ...
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Father, I see where I am right now… …but You can see where I’m going, You can see where You’re ...
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This morning the Lord brought me to a passage in 1 Corinthians 12... the title of the section stood out ...
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Sometimes when I wake up, and go to the table to sit with Him... I'll walk in sleepy and tired, ...
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Yesterday we watched a historic moment unfold, as Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court... ?☀️ ...
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Over the last couple of years, the Lord has taken me deeper, and deeper, and deeper into Psalm 91. ☀️ ...
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The Lord has brought my attention to "light" again this morning... And I'm not exactly sure why, but I'm going ...
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"...the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of ...
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I'm learning to be "on guard"... Not by guarding myself, not "guarded".... but being on guard, in Him—dependent and confident ...
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"At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of the multiplication of ...
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In everything we go through, in everything we endure, in everything that we learn... In every situation that presses us ...
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Have you ever had days when it feels like this is the prayer of your heart? "Jesus.... help!" It's okay ...
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I came across this song as I was listening to Sandra McCracken's new album, and I wanted to just put ...
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One of my favorite singer-songwriters, Sandra McCracken has just released new album.... and I dug into it this morning. ?✨ ...
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Boy, this morning has been an adventure and a journey! It's amazing what all the Lord can take us through ...
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I've got good news for you... If you've found yourself living here on this earth today... Then you can know ...
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This morning, as I was in prayer, the Lord led me to "Psalm 88"... I was actually in Psalm 69, ...
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I love this song... I love the way it tells an ancient story, a story with a surprising twist... it's ...
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"Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move,so that I can walk onward in your truthuntil ...
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We find ourselves living in historic times... So much is unfolding right before our eyes! So far, the year 2020 ...
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God has this way of turning things around... ✍??☀️ He has this way of making what would seem so unlikely— ...
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I've been thinking a lot about the word "hiddenness" lately... There is a kind of "hiddenness" that we sometimes take ...
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This world is filled with all kinds of people... And of all the humans God created... He didn't design any ...
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Have you ever wondered if God was "holding something back" from you? Or "holding you back" from something? The door ...
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As I was listening to a teaching message yesterday, I heard a quote that just jumped out at me and ...
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I love it when the Lord leads me to my "archive" of old journals.... and He shows me which ones ...
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There's something about a challenge... a hard time, a trial, an inability, inadequacy, insecurity.... rejection, a moment of weakness, a ...
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This morning, as I sat down with my Heavenly Father, I just began to share with Him, all the things ...
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So I'm not going to apologize for the plethora of metaphors that I've used in this post. ? But don't ...
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I was drawn to this passage this morning... Proverbs 8:32-36 in The Passion Translation. I think it paints the most ...
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You know, I never was really interested in too much when I was learning in school. I never really was ...
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Have you ever had days when you just feel "broken open" before the Lord? I felt like that all morning ...
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Have you ever reflected upon your life—a pathway you were on, a direction you were headed.... And you realized... "....my ...
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Who knew I'd be writing so much about our home renovations this week... Guess I should have known, because so ...
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I used to think that God didn't really actually (literally) speak to us.... ...other than through what He wanted to ...
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We have an enemy who wants to see us "build in our own strength" and for our own glory... and ...
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Renovations on our bedroom are going nicely this week... We seem to be mostly on track with the planned schedule ...
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I love how God can "infuse" us in such a way.... that we are "cleansed" and "nourished" at the same ...
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Our Heavenly Father delivers us from so much more than we realize... But when we begin to start "waking up"—when ...
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Today we're starting on another small phase of home renovations—at least for the next week. ? Today is "demo day", ...
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Confirmation. "God...that thing that I heard, that dream that I had, that thing that I saw, that which I felt ...
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This morning as I was sitting here with the Lord, looking at some things with Him, something hit me..... this ...
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So I'm still processing some things this morning... Isn't it amazing how God can teach us foundational lessons through our ...
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So, you know this verse? "Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of ...
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I feel like there is an urgency right now to be aware of our surroundings, and to be aware, and ...
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Over the last couple of years, it's like I've been in this time of realization... Realization of just how much ...
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I asked the Lord what was on His heart for me to write this morning and I simply heard this ...
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My heart is so full this morning...?? As I was reflecting and writing some things down into my journal, suddenly ...
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There are some fears that can hide in the deepest, darkest places of our hearts... But He's so faithful to ...
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I love it when the Lord just completely wrecks me in my time with Him.... ?❤️ ...when I'm quick to ...
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What is it about a mystery that makes us curious? What is it about a mystery that causes us to ...
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"What are you carrying that's too heavy... for you to be carrying?" That's the question I heard this morning... What ...
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...What is the condition of my heart? "But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on ...
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Have you ever paid attention to the patterns in your life? What about this one... ...an area or a situation ...
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Do you guys know that yesterday, I cringed so much at my self about something... well, part of it was ...
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Warning: If you can't handle some cheesiness, then you may not want to read this. ? Have you ever noticed ...
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A "portrait" is defined as: "a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant ...
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I'm the kind of girl... who'll get stuck in my own way of thinking if I'm not nudged or sometimes ...
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So this morning I had a question on my heart... a question I had really never thought to ask before, ...
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A friend got me a beautiful hummingbird feeder for my birthday... ? I have a window over my kitchen sink, ...
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This morning I'm sitting here completely blown away by what the Lord showed me in a VERY short and simple ...
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So I had another "birthing" dream last night... And before you think or assume anything, this dream doesn't have anything ...
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I was doing some studying the other day, and there was this "thing" in me —this sort of "drive" within ...
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Have you ever had a moment, where you felt your heart come into alignment with a desire of His heart? ...
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I have to ask myself that question from time to time... This morning, the Lord took me back through my ...
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I asked the Lord this morning, what He was speaking to my heart... Because I knew that He was speaking ...
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We had a 5.1 earthquake in North Carolina yesterday—apparently it was the first one of this kind of magnitude we've ...
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A simple reminder... "But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, ...
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Today, on 8/8, marks 11 years that Jason and I have been married. ? Our wedding day was on "8/8" ...
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There is this mysterious "way" that He does things... this way of His that is so "hidden above the surface" ...
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God allows us to "wrestle" through things, sometimes... Have you ever felt you've had to "wrestle" your way through something? ...
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I'm realizing that...often the things we think matter, really don't matter as much as the things we think are "too ...
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In the moment we take hold of His hand... He begins to prepare, sanctify, purify, dedicate, and reserve us—to make ...
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Good Morning, Father. ?☀️ Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who teaches me and leads me and deals with all ...
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This morning as I was sitting here, I thought of the term, "black sheep." This term means, "a member of ...
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I'm realizing that right now, is a time that we —"the church" —are meant to be God's "answer" and His ...
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There is a battle raging... ...and it's all about "the voice." My voice, your voice, the voice of the body ...
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I came across this song again yesterday... and it was like I was hearing it in a new and fresh ...
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Have you ever stopped and paid attention to the pictures and scenes that play in your mind... they often play ...
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Did you know that "criticism" is the same as "condemnation"? The definition of "criticism" is, "the expression of disapproval of ...
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Some mornings, I'm surprised by how much "comes up" from within me onto the page... And other mornings, I feel ...
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Confession: Sometimes I need reminding that the world is much bigger and deeper than this little piece of ground I've ...
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This morning, I've zeroed in on Psalm 138:8: "The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not ...
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Over the last few years, my life has felt like a time of constant "testing" — a journey of the ...
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We can't see the "full map" the way God can. He will show us glimpses, He will show us clues ...
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And just like that, I see it... Hand-in-hand with my Heavenly Father, He brings me to the next thing we'll ...
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Had you ever been told as a kid, "You just have too big of an imagination!" ...perhaps in response to ...
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As I was reflecting on a few things this morning... The Lord brought my attention to the introduction to the ...
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I love it when the Lord prompts me to take a journey back through my journals... Because I know that ...
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One of the things I struggle with... is where the feeling of being overwhelmed— wants to take me. Sure, there ...
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I love this new song by Hillsong Young & Free, how relevant it is for today... "World Outside Your Window" ...
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What if... You had to go through that hard thing... Because of the testimony you would gain... Because of the ...
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I love how the Passion Translation opens up a whole new and fresh way to look at the scriptures. I'd ...
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Sometimes I feel like I have this kind of "childlike hope" that is somewhat hidden within me... And I want ...
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When you feel as though you don't belong... Remember... That you belong to Me. "But now thus says the Lord, he ...
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God, I love when You set things right. ?✨ Relationships... Attitudes... Hearts... Vision... Pathways... Memories... Journeys... Our whole lives... Think ...
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I'm so thankful for the reminders God gives us. ? ...reminders that so beautifully catch us off guard sometimes... And ...
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When I think of the word, "illusion" I think of "sight" mostly.... what I see. Like, what I am seeing ...
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God has this way of somehow making certain things that we must endure —hard things, painful things, horrible things, "impossible ...
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Left and right, I am seeing Jesus "make a way" when there "seemed to be no way"... How He surprises ...
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This morning I feel such a refreshed hope, a revived hope about some things going on in my life. It's ...
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I discovered this song at just the perfect time yesterday... This new song by Sandra McCracken so lifted and encouraged ...
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We have an enemy who wants us to retreat, to give up, to shut down, to coward back... ...But we ...
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"God, when is this 'thing' going to get any easier?" ...This was the raw and honestly imperfect question on my ...
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Many plans had been made for this year... ...and yet look at how quickly everything got wiped right off the ...
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I can't help but notice that today is "6/12...2020".... and this morning the Lord reminded me of a key passage ...
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Identity. I've been thinking about it this morning... and I'm really not sure why, but I'm just going with it ...
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I am finally beginning to understand... ...that the lessons we learn from within the struggles are worth far more than ...
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This morning, as I sat down, I felt a strange "distance" feeling as I opened up to the scriptures and ...
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I came across this song, somehow... thought I'd share it here. ??? I love how this artist writes about her ...
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I'm convinced that rejection is one of the most painful things a person can endure. There are many different forms ...
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This morning, the Lord had me open right up to Psalm 80, specifically to verse 3: "Restore us, O God;Cause ...
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I can't get over how quickly this world can shift and change...almost overnight. How quickly these "waves" can come....how quickly ...
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Can you believe it's June? ? Time is so strange! This morning, as I'm reflecting on a few things, I'm ...
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I recently discovered this song, written by Melanie Penn, and it refills me with hope and encouragement with the reminder ...
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Yesterday evening, as I was about to settle down for the night, I had a feeling as I glanced out ...
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"Lord, how do I write about a morning like this?" This morning as I came before the Lord, distractions immediately ...
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I just used up the last little corner of space in my journal... ✍?? I didn't have a new one ...
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I was weeding the garden the other day, when I grabbed hold of one of those "sticker plants".... you know, ...
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Have you ever felt the need to be "perfect"? Or to, at least... "appear" perfect? Have you ever found yourself ...
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Have you ever had days... When God just really "shows up" in your life... And He does that thing where, ...
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Here's a thought... God is more "real" than I sometimes "realize"... Have you ever been just doing life and suddenly ...
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I've been hearing this beautiful phrase a lot, especially from our Pastor: "Written upon our hearts..." Heard it again at ...
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This morning I have found myself reflecting on the last couple of months... As things begin to open back up, ...
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This morning I am filled with "awe and wonder".... I like to refer to it as being all "sparkly" ?✨ ...
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This morning I heard this... "It takes bravery to be a tender person (who doesn't attempt to hide it or ...
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For the one who feels "forgotten" or "unseen" in this time... I feel compelled to write something this morning... It's ...
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I felt led to sharing this hymn this morning... This one gives me chills every time I hear it sung ...
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There are days my heart feels so lively in the morning, the words just come and they flow...?? ...and there ...
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There's something about this time we're living in.... something about this time of "reset".... It seems like God is surfacing ...
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Life in the Secret Place
God works so differently than we could ever expect sometimes, doesn't He? Even when we're looking for Him, even when ...
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As I sit with my pen and my journal, I begin writing my heart to the Lord, reflecting, knowing He's ...
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I had a moment of discouragement with myself yesterday.... and the enemy tried to take it and run with it ...
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I've been thinking about "truth" this morning... I'm sure you've probably heard the phrase, "(so and so) loved me enough ...
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There is so much "out there" that we could "set our minds on" right now. Information, different perspectives, facts, studies, ...
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I've noticed the Lord will often take me back to certain memories in my life, and it's like He'll show ...
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I woke up and almost immediately, it was like my mind wanted to dwell on some things that frustrate me ...
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Have you ever noticed thoughts that just somehow find a way to sneak into your head? Do any of these ...
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This morning as I was sitting here, realizing that —"Wow... it's May 1st..." I heard a phrase, "The time has ...
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I remember a time that my heart was filled with such bitterness, I couldn't experience and perceive God clearly. I ...
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There is something valuable that is gained from a "process"... "Process" is defined as, "a series of actions or steps ...
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This morning, I've found myself marveling at this beautiful storyline we're living in. If you could see my heart right ...
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Why should we give thanks in all circumstances? "...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you ...
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This morning I've been thinking back to January, when I was really beginning to feel the "worst of the worst" ...
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This morning, I opened to this verse, and I looked it up in The Passion Translation... "Teach me more about ...
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I came across some beautiful news yesterday on social media... The 300 million Monarch butterflies will be arriving in our ...
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There is a quote in the Cinderella movie that I love so much... "Have courage and be kind." —Cinderella There ...
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I came across this quote today: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not ...
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I love watching out my window each morning, as the sun so gloriously awakens the land. ☀️? Suddenly I begin ...
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I know I've mentioned this before, but the year 2019 was one of the hardest years Jason and I have ...
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This morning after a time of writing down some things in my journal — questions and thoughts I had for ...
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Is it okay that many of these thoughts may not make a lot of sense to anyone but myself? Or ...
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There are times in the mornings that I wonder if there'll be anything for me to write. But I'm finding ...
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This morning my heart is all "sparkly" with gratefulness ?as I see, yet again, God's fingerprints of faithfulness in my ...
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Note to Self: Suddenly you've found yourself living in a strange time. A time that seems uncertain. A time that ...
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I often find myself wondering, "What's next, God? What's coming? What's ahead? What are You going to do?" And every ...
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Yesterday, as I was tuning into our church's Easter livestream service from my home, I realized something... As I felt ...
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This morning feels very calm and quiet. My words are few....and I feel as though I am keeping quiet, in ...
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This morning has been interesting... and I think the best way to write about everything that is on my heart, ...
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Wow, how do I put into words what just happened this morning... This morning, I began reflecting a little bit ...
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Haven't these times been interesting? I feel as though there is so much "symbolism" right beneath our noses —there to ...
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There is a sense of excitement within me, an expectation of what the Lord is about to do.... In my ...
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Have you ever been able to look back on something in your life... And it's like you can now see, ...
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This is another one of my favorites by Sandra McCracken that I want to share this morning. This song brings ...
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Sometimes things just happen.... in an interesting way. And that's about all we can say about the situation, in that ...
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This morning the Lord brought to mind a memory from last February, and so I went and found my journal ...
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Looking back over 2019, I can honestly say that it was one of the most challenging, uncertain, stressful, living-on-the-edge kind ...
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How can we comfort one another in these kinds of times? We can find comfort by dwelling with Him in ...
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This morning I simply heard, "Be still..." But this "be still" had a "..." to it. A knowing that something ...
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The Lord keeps bringing Psalm 81 to my attention, and He did again this morning... Psalm 81 English Standard Version Oh, ...
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I love this album of Psalms by Sandra McCracken. There's something about music that can soothe the soul in times ...
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Yesterday was such an encouraging day for me. ☀️ It was the first day I’ve been well enough, to be ...
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This morning I am reminded of how, in times of our greatest weakness, in times we are most vulnerable, in ...
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In the midst of the overwhelming noise of fear, and the distraction of conspiracy... God is speaking. ?☀️ He's reminding ...
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I've been thinking a lot about gardening lately, as we're building some new raised beds, and getting seeds started, and ...
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Jason said I woke up laughing again... ? He said he asked me what I was laughing about, and I ...
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What a strange time we're living in. It's a historic time. Imagine all the books and stories and recordings that ...
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Worry sometimes comes in like a "wave"... Worry can sweep in and catch us off guard, and before we know ...
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"God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her at the dawn of ...
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The word, "alignment" has been on my mind a lot lately. As I sit here before the Lord this morning, ...
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This song came on yesterday... and something about it felt like the "cry of many out there in the world" ...
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And just like that, it's the "First Day of Spring"... my, my! ???☀️ The feeling of "dread" of all to ...
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Isn't it wild how one day, life feels normal...and then the next day it's like the whole world has suddenly ...
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There are times when the Lord puts a heavy burden on my heart to pray... and I have no doubt ...
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What an interesting time we've suddenly found ourselves living in. It's so easy to get wrapped up, pulled in, and ...
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March 15th 2020 has officially been declared a National Day of Prayer --a call to the United States of America ...
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I wonder why things often get harder just before they get easier... I wonder why, as we bring ourselves closer ...
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It seems that "fear" has launched an all-out attack on the whole world right now. I've been watching and noticing ...
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I love mornings when I wake up from a beautiful, brand new dream, and I get to sit down and ...
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This morning, I am filled with so. much. hope. ? For almost a year now, I've been dealing with some ...
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Sometimes we come to these places in life that feel a lot like "jumping off a diving board"... The place ...
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Who am I when no one is looking? When no one else but the Lord can see... How will I ...
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I love this song. Something about it makes me feel not so alone in all the thoughts, all the concerns, ...
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Foreward: As I first sat down this morning, I felt empty of words. It kind of scared me a little, ...
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I spent some time going back through my dream journal this morning. Every now and then I'll feel prompted to ...
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I've always felt "different" than the rest of the crowd. No matter what kind of group I'm around, even the ...
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Have you ever found yourself suddenly in the place of weakness? ...like you really have to push through in order ...
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There is a strange "quietness" within me this morning. Usually there's a quietness on the outside, ...while there's an over-abundance ...
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Change. Have you ever gone through the kind of "change" that feels kind of like you're being swept up in ...
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What do you do when all the evidence around you gives you "good reason" to fear? What do you do ...
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My All in Thee by Young Oceans When gracious Lord, when shall it beThat earth will find her all in ...
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Writing in my journal feels like taking a "deep breath" and then slowly letting it back out. ? Writing to ...
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I asked myself this question (and not in a condemning way)... "How many times has God been doing things to ...
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There is a unique perspective that belongs to our Heavenly Father... "As you do not know the path of the ...
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Were you the kid who stood at the edge of the swimming pool, trying to muster up enough courage to ...
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Me: "God, what are You doing? I want to see You in this...I don't understand...but I know You're up to ...
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Thank God, He knows us better than any other. Thank God, He knows what we can handle, and what we ...
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I spent some time looking at a dream I had early this morning. It was the most beautiful dream. ?✨ ...
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I've always considered myself to be more of a "behind the scenes" kind of girl. Yes, I do like to ...
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My words never seem to come out of my mouth the way I'd like them to. If you know me ...
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This morning as I sat before the Lord, I heard a random phrase... "Try, try, try again!" Sometimes in the ...
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I love watching my house plants that hang by the dining room window. How they grow, and how they change ...
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"Let the sunrise of your love end our dark night.Break through our clouded dawn again!Only you can satisfy our hearts,filling ...
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Heartbreak. Disappointment. The times when our "worst fears" actually seem to happen... Things not turning out as we hope for, ...
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Have you ever stopped and looked at your life, and thought... "Life is so different than I ever would have ...
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There's something about the way He can use the pain we experience in our lives... No, He doesn't cause it ...
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God has this way of reminding me, and showing me... ...that I'm never alone in my struggles. That I'm never ...
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And just like that, it "hits." And just like that, I realize I am living and breathing and walking the ...
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You know how I wrote that post yesterday called, "You Don't Have to Hide"? Well guess what.... after I wrote ...
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I remember listening to this song years ago... Thinking, "Wow, someone gets me. That's what I do. I hide." Something ...
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How do we keep hoping in the midst of a situation or circumstance that feels "hopeless"? Have you ever felt ...
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Like a sculpture artist, He's constantly "chipping away" at the outside shell but from the inside out. A hidden work ...
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It suddenly struck me last night... --that I've been more focused on my "hinderances," than on what I "have." What ...
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What do you do when all the thoughts of "should have"s and "supposed too"s and "could have"s and "if only"s ...
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This morning as I sat down at the table, I felt this all-too familiar drowsiness, this lethargy --this sluggishness and ...
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"Then I heard a strong (loud) voice in heaven, saying, Now it has come -- "the salvation and the power ...
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I love when a plan of the enemy backfires. (Is it okay that I love that so much? ??) Have ...
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What if we allow the things we go through in life to shape us into the person God has dreamed ...
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How many times in the bible stories do we see these initial responses... "...but God, I can't! I'm incapable, don't ...
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Here is where it began this morning... "Holy Spirit, I need more of You in my life, for I have ...
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"Wake Up" by All Sons and Daughters We have seen the painThat shaped our heartsAnd in our shameWe're still breathing, ...
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"What do you do when your pen runs dry?...You fill it back up again." It's what I heard as I ...
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Did you know that the Lord's not annoyed or appalled by our questions? Did you know that He's not surprised, ...
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"A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything ...
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I love the way God "adds" understanding to the things that are already happening in our lives.... It's this way ...
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The Word of God is truly the "remedy" for anything we could ever face. Isn't that amazing? How is it ...
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Lately I'm noticing these patterns in my life.... It's like the Lord has been teaching me how to recognize when ...
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"And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord ...
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"For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength." ...
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So I wrestled with whether or not to post two of these on here today, but this one came out ...
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Have you ever had a knot in your back or in your shoulder that you didn't realize was there? ...At ...
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My journey (yes, journey ?) with the Lord this morning has been more like a mini treasure hunt... It started ...
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Music is so important in my life. For many years I used it in the wrong way, letting it bring ...
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I was having coffee with a friend the other day, and in the conversation I threw out a thought... My ...
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He's a God of mysteries.... But I love that He likes to let us in on some of His secrets ...
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This morning began with an overwhelming burden on my heart... It was this "new kind of realization" --an undeniable awareness ...
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Do you ever get in this place of... just getting really tired of your "own stuff?" Your own issues, your ...
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Jason and I were just talking yesterday, about how our lives are in such a different place than a year ...
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"For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If ...
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I love the Psalms. I love how they form prayers, how they teach me to pray-- prayers from the heart ...
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