Spiritual/Life-changing Lessons Category

Will You Pray for Me?

I was recently reminded how important it is to say what you mean and mean what you say. One of my students (5 years old) told me a couple of weeks ago that her grandpa had surgery on his arm. She acted a little worried so I told her that I would pray for him. […]

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Words of Encouragement

Mark’s text this morning was the usual text (which I love and appreciate!), but it had one added comment – “Make sure you walk today.” Thanks to a good friend of mine, I signed up to participate in a 5K – which is this Saturday. I’ve been committed to walking at least 3 miles (almost) […]

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Where Does Your Strength Come From?

“I look up to the mountains. Does my strength come from the mountains? No. My strength comes from God – Who made heaven and earth….. and the mountains.” (for King and Country)   Psalm 3:3 ~ But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the One who holds my head […]

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Who are you Following?

Who are you following?  Do you trust their every word?  Admire their example?  Invest time daily listening to or reading up on what they have to say? Do you follow them so closely that you want to have exactly what you see in THEIR life? Courage. Faith. Hope. Friends. Love. Joy. Purpose. Perfect family. (cough, cough!) I’m not saying it’s […]

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Are you Missing the Obvious?

I’ve shared many stories about my brother. His struggles are my struggles. Although I wish there weren’t so many, I’m thankful for the many life-lessons I’ve learned through him –  like loving others even when they are difficult to like. Because he was mentally challenged, he always struggled in school. What discouraged him most wasn’t […]

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Temptation

From my devotions today in Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young… …”Before Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, thankfulness was as natural as breathing. Satan’s temptation involved pointing Eve to the one thing that was forbidden her. The garden was filled with luscious, desirable fruits, but Eve focused on the one fruit she couldn’t […]

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Day one, One day late…

Lent. It’s something that I’ve heard about for years, but never really saw it’s significance until a few years ago. I worked for someone who observed it, believed in its impact, and was truly obedient to his promise to God. Although he didn’t dwell on or talk much about what he was giving up, he often expressed his great anticipation […]

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Life Isn’t Fair

Sometimes….life isn’t fair.  Someone or a group of people have judged you based on things that were false. Someone you love dies. You are deceived – over and over again. You feel lonely or unloved. No matter how hard you try, you fail. You pour your life into your family, your church, or your job, […]

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He Stretched Out His Arms…

At one wooden tree in the Garden of Eden, we fell for the lie that God didn’t love us, and we fell away from God and got lost. And at one wooden cross near the Garden of Gethsemane, God found us and stretched out His arms and proved forever and always and no matter what […]

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My Spiritual Journey

I’ve been involved in a Bible study called The Journey. It has been life-changing for me. We have studied God’s Word, read  books, answered challenging questions in workbooks, learned to trust, and now – we are all working on our own personal spiritual narrative. This is only a rough draft, so if you are reading this, please […]

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