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A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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Here's a glimpse from my journal this morning as I read Psalms 111-112 and the First 5 app devotional.

Good morning, Daddy! I'm so glad You just want me! I don't HAVE to write or perform. You just want my heart! In a culture that wants us "to do". You just want me "to be". It goes against the grain.

We are to be in the world . . .

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May 29, 2019

Practice

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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I took piano lessons as a child, so the word "practice" conjures up times that I did not want to sit down at the piano and "do something repeatedly". You know the idiom, "practice makes perfect" or as my college music professor said, "practice makes permanent".  It took long sessions of practice to get even a little bit better. I . . .

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May 15, 2019

Opportunity

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to a women’s conference near my home. It was so fun to see friends I haven’t been with for a while and to make some new friends.  However, the best part was the opportunity to worship, be in God’s presence and to fine-tune skills to hear His voice and to speak that . . .

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May 07, 2019

Touch

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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So many things seek our attention. 

Our hearts and minds can feel divided. 

We long to receive a touch from Jesus, 

So that everything feels right again. 

 

People, life and busyness, 

Pull us in all directions. 

His Word, His power and His creation, 

Touch . . .

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April 28, 2019

Next

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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This past Thursday I had the opportunity to provide music for my church's Maundy Thursday service. It was a time of remembrance and solemness.  

As Pastor Emily was sharing, the one phrase that stood out to me was, as Jesus and His disciples were observing the Passover meal...the events of the next few days were set . . .

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April 20, 2019

Lack

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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//I don't know about you, but sometimes I am more prone to see the "lack" in my life, rather than the abundance. You know the drill...comparing myself to others; lack of time, lack of self-confidence, or feel like I don't have x, y, or z.  

This is a lie from the enemy. God is a God of abundance! The Lord has . . .

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April 16, 2019

Offer

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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//Offer: to present as an act of worship, to utter prayers of thanksgiving, to declare one’s willingness or readiness, to make available.   

During this season of Lent, I’m reminded of God’s immense sacrifice for me, for us. He did not have to offer His Son as the one and only Sacrifice that would . . .

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April 05, 2019

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