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A Refuge in the Time of Storm

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Psalm 27:5 (KJV) For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

When I was a kid, I was the smallest in the family. Even my little brother was bigger than me. He called me runt.

Because of my size, I was afraid of a lot of stuff, i.e. large animals and people.  But mostly--the dark. One of my daily chores was to take my dirty clothes downstairs to the very dark laundry room, in the farthest corner of the basement. Most of the time, I opened the door, flung the clothes and ran back to the relative safety of the upstairs.

In the Psalms, God promises us a refuge with Him. He hides us, and we are perfectly safe. Nothing evil can harm us there.

There will always be storms in our life. Make God your safe haven, and you'll never have to be afraid again.

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Notable Quote:

"It's the prayer of the wandering, storm-tossed soul...when we go home again!"--Esther M. Clark Hill

Rest in Hope

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This silly Post-It quote was something I wrote back in 2013, right after finishing treatment for breast cancer. It helps me remember to do something vital--hold onto hope.

There was a point during my cancer journey, where the doctors became concerned. They found out through testing that my tumor was growing rapidly and developing "feelers". I needed more surgery and chemo--fast. Up to that point, I remained positive. Afterward, my hope faltered--at least temporarily.

I had a decision to make: Rebuild my hope, or fold up shop. I chose the former.

Journaling, deep Bible study and loads of prayer time helped. Plus, I found a new calling--encouragement. Recognizing hurting people and loving on them provided me with something constructive to do.

Making a difference in someone's life brings me hope.

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Notable Quote:

Psalm 16:1-11 (KJV)Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

Why I Throw Parties

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One of my favorite parts of working at an office full of fun, lively people, is the opportunity I have to host parties. Birthday parties happen monthly, but I also love to throw unexpected, quirky events. Have you ever heard of National Hummus Day?

Deciding on a cool theme, secret meetings with co-conspirators, planning the menu and ordering supplies are all things I enjoy. I get a kick out of being creative with very little money. For my supervisor's Hawaiian luau birthday party last month, I "borrowed" the pink stuffed pig from the children's library and placed it on a platter with an apple in its mouth.

Working at a non-profit, none of us have a lot of extra cash, so I keep things simple, with fun and easy touches. Pinterest and Oriental Trading Post have lots of unique ideas. And Amazon is a great place to buy party supplies, quick and cheap.

Planning a birthday party for a co-worker allows me to show them how much I care, and that they are valued. The look of …

Was God a Lousy Parent?

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Genesis 3:9-13 (KJV) And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.


Did God flunk parenting, because Adam and Eve messed up?

Think about this...if God is perfect (yes, He is!), then how did His kids make a big mistake?

Not-so-big secret: God is perfect, but His kids aren't. They have free will.

As a result of my way too young and imperfect parenting, I carry a great deal of guilt. Don't get me wrong--my kids are smart and successful and terrific. They turned out great. The big thing I struggle w…

In My Father's House

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Fathers Day was yesterday. In our house, it passes quietly; just the way The Hubster likes it. We went to church. Had some lunch and a nap. Our daughter called and they had a nice conversation. It was a nice day--just hanging around the house.

My Sunday School class discussed the 23rd Psalm. I love the imagery the Word proclaims, but more than that, I love the promise of what lies in store for us in our Father's House. The Bible contains many assertions of what is in store for us in Heaven. Here are a few.

In my Father's House:

1. There are many mansions (John 14:2)
2. There is bread enough, and to spare (Luke 15:17)
3. I am protected (Psalm 23:4)
4. There is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11)
5. There is music (I Chronicles 6:31)
6. God has prepared it (Genesis 24:31)
7.  We are blessed there (Genesis 39:5)
8. We will eat the first fruits (Numbers 18:13)
9. There are treasures (I Kings 7:51)
10: I will live there forever (Psalms 23:6)

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Notable Quote:

"We talk about Heaven …

Behind Enemy Lines

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Satan lies. He tells us we are weak and powerless. There is no place to hide. We are all alone in this world. Nothing will ever change.

It’s simply not true.
Our Father promises that we are kings and priests.
Revelation 1:6 (KJV) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. He says we have a hiding place. Psalm 119:114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. We will never be alone, according to His Word.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, heit is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Jesus vowed to set us in heavenly places.
Ephesians 2:6-7 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
We should act like who we are. And to whom we belong.
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Progress

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Jeremiah 18:3-4 (KJV) Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

A friend shared her candy with me recently. It was something I hadn't tasted since I was a child. After quickly popping the treat in my mouth, I realized that although this was a childhood favorite, it didn't carry over into adulthood. Bleh.

Just as our palate matures, our faith should do the same. Brand-new Christians don't have the same development as 30-year believers. We all need to be making slow and steady progress forward, though.

It is natural to fight against big, glaring sins that are evident to all. They are hard work to leave behind, but well worth the battle. Only after this is accomplished, will it be time to really do some deep cleaning in our souls; that internal struggle you face with your own sho…