the shoreline of perspective

[cross-posted to www.stepforwardtoday.com] [VIDEO CLIP] Standing on the shore, looking out at the expanse of water and sky – nothing but water…sun…clouds…and the whooshing sound of the waves as the tide goes in…and out. Breathing in salty air…breathing out life. Clearing my mind. Clearing my soul. Gaining perspective. Sometimes God places us on the shore …

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#endhumantrafficking

[cross-posted from my facebook page] “What’s on your mind?” facebook asks me, inviting me to update my status even when I need to finish a project right now. Well, friends and “facebook” I’ve had a really heavy subject on my heart for a few days now, and it’s one that I’ve posted about before. It’s …

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I glimpsed the heart of God

I caught a glimpse of my mom earlier. She went home to be with the Lord three years ago and there are so many little circumstances and random things that happen that remind me of her. Earlier tonight I was tucking in our youngest, who is 6 years old going on 20. She was all …

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forward in love and worship

worship

[cross-posted to www.stepforwardtoday.com] We step forward in love …Our hearts overflowing in thankfulness for the mercy and grace we’ve been given. Rescued from the pit of death we deserved, we have no choice but to say, “Yes God. Use me.” We step forward with our gifts and talents …Using everything we’ve been given to point …

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YOU are a Disciple

[cross-posted to www.stepforwardtoday.com] Whatever your age, circumstances, etc., if Jesus is your Savior, you are the next generation of Apostles. You are a Disciple of Christ. Just as Jesus prayed for all Believers in John 17 (reference below), He has prayed for you now: Verse 20 “I pray also for those who will believe in …

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it’s a good friday

It’s 12:44 as I begin to write this post. Approximately 44 minutes ago, some 2,000+ years ago, Jesus declared, “It is finished,” or “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit” depending on which Disciple’s account you read. The earth shook, the curtain in the Temple was torn in two and darkness filled the sky. …

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where is Jesus in your life today?

I was just sitting at the kitchen table working on our Thanksgiving grocery list. As I looked at one of the empty chairs across from me, I pictured Jesus sitting there…and then I pictured Him in the chair next to me. What joy! My heart was overflowing! Even though we can’t physically see Him, Jesus …

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God is faithful

[cross-posted to www.stepforwardtoday.com] I was just looking out onto the autumn landscape, savoring a moment of calm and that “settled” feeling that only comes from knowing that God has had his hand on my life from the very beginning. Through every twisting, turning, joyous or horrific moment, He has never left me even before I …

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fork in the road

We’ve all been through circumstances where we’ve come to the proverbial “fork in the road” – that moment of decision that would dictate our path forward on a particular issue or in a particular circumstance. With ever-changing cultural norms and often volatile socio-political climate, we, as Believers, are under increasing pressure to give into what’s …

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persevering

“…But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the Word, retain it, and by PERSEVERING produce a crop.” – Luke 8:15, emphasis added Did you notice the key: “by PERSEVERING produce a crop”? Let’s take a look Webster’s definition of the root word ‘persevere': 1. to …

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