Peace on Earth 21: Eyes Trained on Peace

Peace on Earth Day 21 - Eyes Trained on Peace In this season, the sideways glance can kill you. It can steal your joy.  Worse, it can rob you of PEACE. FOMO (fear of missing out) can be a real struggle for a lot of us. In this age of social media, we see everyone else’s awesome décor, delicious food, festive events, and stunning family photos. As believers, we also take note…

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Peace on Earth 20: A Peace Re-set

Peace on Earth Day 20 - A Peace Re-set This might be the one moment you look at your phone today—a moment of mindless scrolling on autopilot, or even an intended escape from all that presses in during these weeks packed with details and events.   What is it you most need to hear that will steady your heart and mind? What will breathe fresh air into your lungs? What will touch your…

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Peace on Earth 19: Peace in His Presence

Peace on Earth Day 19 - Peace in His Presence “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” (John 6:20, NLT) A few weeks ago, friends from church and I wrapped up a year-long study of women in the Bible. Our final passage to consider was John 20, where the Lord Jesus met Mary Magdalene in a place of blinding grief and spoke one word that immediately brought comfort and peace to her broken…

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Peace on Earth 17: Christmas Selah

Peace on Earth Day 17 - Christmas Selah “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1, NKJV) In this passage, the Lord Jesus is conveying the longing of His heart—that our hearts would not be troubled, that we would find rest in believing in Him, and that we would be at peace. It is interesting to think about the connection between “belief” and “peace,”…

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Hymns of Thanksgiving 6: How Great Thou Art

Hymns of Thanksgiving Day 6: How Great Thou Art Awe-struck wonder. What causes such a response from our hearts? Awe is defined as “reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder, an element of surprise or astonishment inspired by authority, the sacred, or sublime; worship.” Again, what elicits such a response from us? The only true GOD—rightly acknowledging and rightly responding to the greatness of our GOD. When we begin to grasp the…

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Hymns of Thanksgiving 4: Praise to the LORD the Almighty

Hymns of Thanksgiving Day 4: Praise to the LORD the Almighty Today’s hymn, much like this treasured autumn season, holds a special place in my heart.  Those who gathered to help us celebrate our wedding day twenty-three years ago sang these words as our ceremony recessional. The hymn writer seemed to capture so many thoughts and emotions for us as we gave thanks for the LORD’s gracious hand in orchestrating our paths…

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Hymns of Thanksgiving 3: All Creatures of Our God and King

Hymns of Thanksgiving Day 3: All Creatures of Our God and King All Creatures of Our God and King (St. Francis of Assisi, 1225) All creatures of our God and King,Lift up your voice and with us sing,Alleluia! Alleluia!Thou burning sun with golden beam,Thou silver moon with softer gleam! Refrain:O praise Him! O praise Him!Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Thou rushing wind that art so strong,Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,O praise Him!…

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Hymns of Thanksgiving 2: Come Thou Fount

Hymns of Thanksgiving Day 2: Come Thou Fount “Tune my heart to sing Thy grace” This line from a beloved hymn started my wheels turning this week. It takes a mere moment to pause and realize we have countless reasons to be grateful, to acknowledge that we are recipients of GOD’s amazing grace!   But is a spirit of thankfulness, a habit of praise, something to be learned? Something that needs to be…

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The Beauty of Boundaries 3: Boundaries in Marriage

The Beauty of Boundaries Day 3 - Boundaries in Marriage There it was. Despite my best efforts to be sweet and reasonable, I was face to face with my own bridezilla moment! The day before our wedding, a happy, busy day, I was attending to last-minute details, adding special touches to my grandparents’ chapel building. In many ways, our carefully chosen venue reflected their hearts—practical and faithful, drawing attention to the One who had won their…

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The Beauty of Boundaries 1: Introduction to Our Study

Introduction to our Study Introduction to our Study The Beauty of Boundaries Day 1 - Introduction to our Study Limits. As empowered, self-sufficient, stubbornly independent humans, we don’t like them! We bristle as we rub up against anything that hems us in, hinders our progress, denies us access, or nips our ambitions in the bud. We want to run free! We so easily chase after  the illusion that our truest joys are…

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