Can I be truly happy?

By Sue Forde I’ve heard individuals say, “I just want to be happy!”  Some people seek happiness in the pleasure of relationships with other individuals; some try to find it in drugs or alcohol.  Still others pour themselves into their work to the exclusion...

Mary, did you know…?

The haunting Christmas song, "Mary Did You Know?" reflects the true meaning of the Christmas season.  In a nation that has become obsessed with giving and receiving gifts, holding parties, and promoting "Frosty the Snowman," Santa Claus, and mostly focusing on "what...

Never a storm only an opportunity

Have you ever watched a storm roll in? If you are paying attention you can see the signs. The air temperature starts to change. The color of the sky slowly changes; clouds move in front of what may have been a bright blue warm sky. Sometimes the storms...

Be the light you want to see in others

It's easy to get frustrated by people, who are taking their anger out on you or someone you know. We can get easily offended and respond in kind. It can take a lot of inner strength to step back from our emotions and view things in a different light. To not take on...

Trusting God in the storms

Sometimes the rush of life has you moving so fast down stream you don't know which way the safety of the shore is. You find yourself being pushed along and feeling like you have no choice in the matter. Your mind is so filled with the things that are not only going on...

Actively showing the fruits of the spirit in our lives

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. In these times, we can look around and see how many things are "wrong". It's easy to...

Understanding Faith

Faith is the substance* of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV) Faith - complete trust or confidence in someone or something (Merriam-Webster) *substance - the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists and which has a...

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Show a kindness

How often are we given the opportunity to show a kindness and we let it pass by? Sometimes it is the simplest of things, offering a smile to someone. Yesterday, a man on the street was asking for change; I have change, so I gave it to him at the light. His...

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Eye of the Storm

God is doing a new work in you! He is renewing your spirit. Refreshing your mind. He is giving you joy where there once was sorrow. He is preparing a place just for you! Be encouraged! Know that the storm you are going through is only temporary. You will find yourself...

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For you I am praying

My own struggles are often at the forefront of my mind: the challenges I am going to be facing and the journey that I am on. Yet, when I went to pray this morning, my thoughts were for you. For the one who comes across this blog post, I want you to know. I am praying...

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Back to Basics

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. Tom van Hoogstraten Is this your season of renewal? Have you been worn down by the...

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Do you know me?

Here is an exercise for today. Go to a mirror and look at yourself. I mean, really, look at yourself. What do you see reflected? Do you see your flaws? Do you feel unhappy with what you see? Do you find yourself picking apart the reflection in the mirror? So many of...

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Bible verse of the day

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

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