Forgive It or Forget It

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Forgive as the Lord forgave you

Colossians 3:13 NIV

One of my all-time favorite places on earth would have to be the beach.  To stand on the shoreline and just try to take in the vastness of it is overwhelming.  The same is true of God’s love.  When we go deeper into God’s love we find out that true peace in our lives comes only through forgiveness.

The Lord’s Prayer spells this out for us,

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 6:12

There is not one of us out there that doesn’t want God to forgive us.  In fact, when someone else hurts us, human nature tells us to not let go of it.  This is only on the surface, just like the ocean or God’s love.  We must go deeper to discover why forgiveness is necessary…

 

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Quieting the Chatter

God's path and purpose for you is covered by His care and

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

With five children it is no surprise that our house is constantly filled with a buzz of noise and activity.  This is not a bad thing, by any means.  However, between the silly songs Maddy makes up, the Star Wars battles between the boys, Nintendo games and music playing there is always noise, especially at dinnertime or when we are in the car.

It seems like when the seven of us are in a smaller area, the noise level intensifies.  As I am sure those of you who have been around children know, they want to be certain that they are heard and want to share what comes to their minds; therefore, taking turns while talking doesn’t always happen easily.

 

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Identity Crisis

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For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13 NIV

Everyday we are bombarded with images of what we are supposed to look like and how we are supposed to act. If we aren’t careful, we can be swept into the societal belief that our worth is based on our outward appearance. When we give into this notion, we are letting society construct our identity. The real question we need to ask ourselves is where does our identity come from?

Satan knows exactly how and where to attack each one of us. He knows where we are vulnerable. Even back in the garden of Eden, he used lies and doubt to tempt Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. And he is still using the same tactics today. As Christians, we need to learn to recognize the lies and replace them with God’s truth. Satan wants us to focus on our flaws and feelings of inadequacy, and then exhaust ourselves trying to hide them…

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Are We There Yet?

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 NIV

When I was growing up, I recall numerous short trips that my family would take, both near and far. So many memories wrapped tightly around these vacations. One in particular that sticks in my mind was a trip to the Dunes State Park off Lake Michigan.

Like most of our adventures, my mom had lovingly packed a cooler filled with goodies. Instead of heading straight for the beach we decided to try our hand at one of the trails. After carefully examining the map, we determined to tackle Mount Baldy. It wasn’t like we were scaling Mount Everest or even Pikes Peak, just a sand dune in Michigan. How hard could it be?

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Get Off the Monkey Bars: Finding Freedom in Letting Go

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I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 AMP

Growing up, I had a love-hate relationship with the monkey bars.  I loved the idea of going from one side to the other floating on air. Other kids seemed to effortlessly glide across.

While I loved the idea, I hated the feeling when I left the security of the platform to reach for the next bar.  At this point, the reality sunk in, I was too far to reach the platform and yet too scared to let go.  It didn’t take me very many attempts to realize that I could not do this in my own strength.  I would inevitably become frozen in fear…

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Storm Warning: Where Will You Run?

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Here is what I am commanding you to do.  Be strong and brave.  Do not be afraid.  Do not lose hope.  I am the Lord your God.  I will be with you everywhere you go. Joshua 1:9 NIRV

When I was a child I was absolutely afraid of thunderstorms.  I remember many nights waking with a start, trying to convince myself it would be all right.  The only thing I needed to do was shut my eyes and go back to sleep, but to no avail.

As soon as my eyes were closed, the lightning would flash and the thunder rolled and my heart would be in my throat.  I would quickly pad down the hall to my parents’ room, knowing I would be safe there…

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Stop Hiding

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There are several characters within the Bible that I am drawn to Abraham for his faith to follow God’s command without needing explanation, Peter for his courage to step out of the boat and David for his willingness to go into a battle where the odds were stacked against him. However, Esther is the one I can relate to and has had such an impact on my life. No, I am not a beautiful young lady who won the position of queen in a beauty pageant. Continue reading

Can You Hear Me Now?

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It amazes my children that when I was their age I did not have a cell phone. The look on their face shows such disbelief. They begin to think I have to be as old as dirt. In the world they are growing up in it does seem foreign not to see people talking or texting on cell phones.

Although they have downsides, I must admit as a parent it is very comforting to be able to reach my daughter, who is away at school, at any time and she can in turn respond from anywhere on campus about anything that is going on in her life. It makes the distance almost melt away.

Do you realize that you have access to something even better than 4G coverage and service? …..

 

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