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Well

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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Psalm 119:165 "There is such great peace and well-being that comes to the lovers of Your word, and they will never be offended." (The Passion Translation)

One of my favorite hymns is "It is Well with My Soul".  Sometimes, it brings great comfort to my heart. At other times, it is a great reminder that even though . . .

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June 11, 2019

A Delightful Update...

My One Word for 2019

I want to be proactive in remembering how I have felt God "delight" in me or where I have been "delighted" by Him since that's my word for the year. It's also a good time to connect with Emily P. Freeman's quarterly post on  "What I learned..." as she (and others) recalls and reflects on what she has learned each quarter...so here I go . . .

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June 05, 2019

Culture

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

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