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Advent - Joy and Peace

Weeks 3 and 4

Joy and Peace, these are the words for the last 2 Sundays of Advent. I'm reminded of the Christmas carol, Joy to the World, that says, "repeat the sounding joy". I always read that phrase as to repeat the sounds of joy - as in cheer, laughter, or happiness. The sounds of children at Christmas. However, the definition of "sounding" as a noun . . .

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December 24, 2016

Advent - Hope and Love

Weeks 1 and 2

During this season of Advent, I am reading a daily devotional and paying more attention to the Sunday focus of Advent. The first week we focused on hope. I love Hebrews 6:19, NLT:

"This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary."

Wow, what a picture of the relationship . . .

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December 11, 2016

Relationships

 We have just celebrated Thanksgiving and I was blessed to spend some extended time with my precious family of 4 and good friends! It was so much fun to have time to play cards, eat, go shopping, talk and catch up on each others' lives.

As I sat and reflected this morning on the wonderful memories, I was reminded of Lysa TerKeurst's . . .

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November 27, 2016

"Enjoy"

Hello, friends! I saw the email from Kate Motaung's "Five Minute Friday," which she hosts on her blog and on Facebook. I knew with work I was not going to be able to write on Friday. So, I started this on Saturday and even though it is now Monday...I still wanted to share with you!

Friday's prompt was "enjoy".

Enjoy - there are so many . . .

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November 21, 2016

A New Normal?

Today, I'm continuing my reflections on "Uninvited" by Lysa TerKeurst. Chapter 7 is all about When Our Normal Gets Snatched. Wow, that is a loaded statement. I don't know about you, but I like the "known", the "predictable", the "comfortable", and the "normal".

Our normal can get "snatched" from us almost daily..a bad day, a bad report card, . . .

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November 05, 2016

Happy Reflections!

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 31

loading....When I felt the Lord nudging me to join this Write 31 Days Challenge, it seemed so crazy. I was just launching my first blog a few days before I was going to need to write and post EVERY SINGLE DAY for a MONTH!

Well, I did it! Here we are at Day 31! Actually, it was not me, it was God who did it through me. I have lived Philippians 4:13 (AMP) . . .

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October 31, 2016

Friendships that Honor God

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 30

loading....What a beautiful reminder this quote is for me from Chapter 6, Friendship Breakups, in Lysa TerKeurst's "Uninvited". The whole message of the book is getting past rejection and to "live loved".

At times friendships and relationships can be easy and other times they can be hard. In the hard times, God has reminded me that the friendship was . . .

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October 30, 2016

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