A season of optimism

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Spring is my favorite season, and cherry blossom time is just divine to me.  It’s almost like God is showing off via nature, bombarding us with a fiesta of blooms that provoke happiness, warmth, smiles, and an appreciation of creation’s magnificence. Optimism springs forth at this time of year for me. “I love better to … Read More


No “shade” from the Son

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One of the advantages of observing Lent is the opportunity to strip away what might be hindering our Christian walk and to focus on what really matters:  our relationship with Jesus and the immense sacrifice He made to reconcile us to the Father. Although I love the comforting words of Romans 8, the beauty of Romans … Read More


Got Superpowers?

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I’ve been ruminating on the concept of  superpowers for a while now.  I’m not talking about nation states considered to be the mightiest of them all, but the human traits that can produce miraculous changes in people’s lives. This week (it had to be the week when I planned to write on superpowers!!) some bloggers … Read More


Ten Things of Thankful

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A few weeks ago, my blogging buddy Dana at Kiss My List took part in the “Ten Things of Thankful “blog hop.  Lizzi at Considerings began the hop as a means of encouraging bloggers to “seek the good things” in their lives each week.   I made a mental note that this would be a … Read More


In which I dream of grace upon grace upon grace

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I had a lovely, weekend-long dream from which I’m hard pressed to awaken. I was at a retreat, nestled in a scenic canyon in the Hill Country of Texas.  I had to be driven through a river to get there.  And once I got there, I couldn’t use my cell phone.  I certainly must be … Read More


For all these things

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“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We officially celebrate Thanksgiving this week, but thanksgiving should be our default setting as Christians. My mind wandered this week to the song “For All These Things,” sung by Twila Paris and Wintley Phipps on the album “Savior” almost … Read More


Moderation

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I heard Maya Angelou say these words to Oprah a few days ago, and the sentence stuck with me. It’s been an unvoiced mantra of mine for years. She just put it into words perfectly!  It reminded me of this admonition in Proverbs 30:8-9: Give me neither poverty nor riches—Feed me with the food allotted … Read More


In praise of “praise pauses”

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I love it when God gets up in my face and confronts my spiritual lethargy! I was complaining about how lackluster my spiritual life had become, and the Holy Spirit pointed out that the spirit of praise and thanksgiving in my life had petered out.  I couldn’t–and wouldn’t–even try to argue with Him.  Knowing the … Read More


Monday Melody – In the Middle (Isaac Carree)

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Song/Album:  “In the Middle” by Isaac Carree on the album Uncommon Me. Why it made the cut: I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it on the radio last year!  Isaac Carree has managed to merge a fun, throwback-to-the-old-days sound with a serious message on the importance of praise in the midst of tight … Read More


Monday Melody – He Reigns (Newsboys)

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Song/Album:  “He Reigns” by Newsboys on the album Adoration:  The Worship Album. Why it made the cut: I’m not a huge Christian rock fan, but the jamming, guitar-heavy beat of “He Reigns,” mixed with its focus on worldwide praise and worship, drew me in–hook, line, and sinker! I first heard heard “He Reigns” sung at an African-American church, … Read More