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Retreat

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 28

My husband and I are leading a retreat this weekend. As I was deciding what to write for today, I looked up the meaning of "retreat". It is the "act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; seclusion." It can also be "a place of refuge" or a "time to get away for a period of time for religious exercises and meditation."

All of those . . .

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October 28, 2016

Tasks or Blessings?

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 27

I was going through some pictures on my computer and came across this one.

I love the quote by Crystal Stine about "get to moments" instead of "have to tasks". Many times I have seen daily tasks such as laundry, cooking, errands, and cleaning as mundane and things I have to do. However, when I look at them through God's lenses, they become . . .

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October 27, 2016

Sweet Smell of Forgiveness

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 26

Several years ago Jonathan and I led a study on forgiveness in our church. I thought I knew most of the verses, and thought I understood it. In the midst of our teaching, God asked me to put it into practice.

We lived in a townhouse and shared a stoop with our Christian neighbor. (I'll call her Jane.) She didn't get out very much and her . . .

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October 26, 2016

Trust

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 25

Hello, My Name Is Trust Issues is the title of chapter 5 in "Uninvited" by Lysa Terkeurst. She shares several examples of trusting others or trusting in circumstances.

A "fun" game at youth group or other team-building events is the "trust fall". A person stands in front of another person or group. He/she closes their eyes and leans . . .

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October 25, 2016

Direction

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 24

I don't know about you, but sometimes driving can be a pain. It's nice to go places, like on vacation or to a friend's house for dinner; however, at other times, driving can be a headache. Especially if you live near a big city like I do.

Some mornings on my way to work, I ask the Lord which way I should go. A few times I feel like He . . .

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October 24, 2016

Come Away with Me

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 23

 Sundays are for rest and meeting with my church family in the worship of our Creator. It is the first day of my week, a day to refocus, recharge and to listen.  Even Jesus needed time away from the crowds. 

How do you spend your Sundays?

Enjoy this video and music from my husband, Jonathan C. Dow, as you rest today. 

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October 23, 2016

Letting go...

Write 31 Days Challenge - Day 22

It is finally "fall y'all" as they say here in TN! I love this time of year! I love all things "pumpkin-y" (if that's a word) and the temperatures are finally getting cooler! I love that the leaves on the trees are changing colors. As I look at the trees, the beautiful reds and oranges, I began to wonder why they change colors and why do . . .

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October 22, 2016

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