When God is Silent

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When God is Silent

  Think of the times you’ve had to leave home for an extended period of time, going off to school or perhaps even getting married. Some of the most comforting and reassuring words we can hear from our parents are these, “If you ever need anything, doesn’t matter day or night, just call, we’ll be here.” Even though there may be apprehension and probably some anxiety about the unknown,  somehow hearing those reassuring words help to make us feel calmer and less worried.  We know we can trust our parents’ words and that they will indeed be there for us. 

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Depression, staring for a moment into it’s darkness

  “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”   Deuteronomy 31:8     Her outward appearance belied her forty-something years and her mismatched clothing hung on her like oversized sacks. I did a double take. Graying hair glared from underneath the faded out bronze hair dye, giving her hair a strange orange glow that was all too unnatural.  Dark circles sat heavily around hopeless eyes while her shoulders drooped with an obvious, yet invisible load. This wasn’t the woman I knew.  This person was unrecognizable to me.  She shuffled

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Are there weeds in your heart?

  Every spring as soon as the weather is tolerable, my husband gets out the gardening tools from the backyard shed. It’s gardening time! Time to pull up the weeds and prune the dead branches and shrubs left over from the harsh winter months.  Then it is time to till the soil and mulch the garden beds before adding new annuals and even a few perennials. I find this process both tedious and tiresome and I have to admit I am more of a spectator than I am an active participant.  Gardening just isn’t one of my strengths nor is it one

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Taking off the mask-moving through healing to your purpose

I am going to tell you one of my secrets. Listen closely. “I am no where close to where I want to be.” There.  I said it. Now there’s no way for me to pretend I’m someone I’m not.  One thing I want to always portray to my readers and to you, my friends,  is this.   I want to be real.   You see,  I’m on a journey and though I may not be where I want to be, with God’s help, I’m sure headed in the right direction.  Of course there are days when I fall a few steps

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Living by Faith

Everything we do in life takes faith. But what exactly is faith? According to Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and reassurance about what we do not see.” Clear and simple. In the physical, it takes faith to sit on a chair or cross a bridge, believing they will hold up and not collapse under us.  It takes faith to stand on our feet believing we will move from step to step and our legs will carry us.  This  faith is also required in our spiritual life.  It is by this same faith we believe that

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I don’t want to blog anymore (or so I feel)

It is now a year since I started to blog but the desire to write had been in my heart for quite a long time.  So long that I keep finding dollar store books in storage boxes with blog names and unfinished entries from the early part of 2000. I was held back by fear and feelings of inadequacy.  I wondered if God could really use anything I had to say or if anyone would care to read my writing.  So I kept ignoring the prompting, hoping it would dissipate.  However, nothing I did would erase the deep desire I felt

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Comparison, a dangerous game

The fluorescent lighting reflected off the glossy covers of the magazines like a beacon, beckoning my attention to the strategically placed magazine rack at the check out counter.  The super sexy model on one cover smiled back at me as if she had been waiting to catch my gaze. It didn’t matter that parts of her shapely body was photo shopped to add curvature and remove wrinkles, cellulite and stretch marks.  All I saw was what the magazine wanted me to see…..PERFECTION. Her long legs reminded me shorts and swimsuit season was only a short while away and my mind

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Five stones and a sling

Five stones and a sling

One of my all time favorite bible stories as a child, and even now (almost all grown up) is David and Goliath. As a little girl growing up in the country with very little access to a television set,  I developed a love for reading.  In Sunday School , I soon fell in love with the beautiful stories from the bible and appreciated very much those children’s books with all the illustrations of biblical characters. The story of David and Goliath was one of my favorites because, even then, I knew what it was to appreciate and admire people who

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