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Bad Moves

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2 Samuel 6:7 (KJV) And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.


One of the Bible's hardest lessons is found in 2nd Samuel 6. In this account, King David had ordered a new cart to be built to carry the Ark of the Covenant to its new home. While it was being moved, the cart jostled and a servant of David named Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the load. He was instantly struck dead by God.

When I was a young Christian, this story was a tough one. I couldn't understand why God would be so harsh. Uzzah was only trying to help. His motives were right--but his moves were wrong.

Doing the wrong thing is never a good idea. This makes me think of the times I have done something "for God" or "for the Church," when really it was to make myself look or feel better. How would I feel if I realized that our Father was trying to make a miracle and I got in the way?!

Uzzah got between G…

Ten Years of Female in Motion

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Today is the tenth anniversary of the birth of this blog, Female in Motion. Every year on my birthday, my mom calls and tells me about the day I was born. So today, I will tell you about how I gave birth to this baby--my blog.

I had been a client at Curves for several years. Remember the circuit training exercise franchises for women? Anyway, my location closed down, but another gym took its place. They purchased all the old equipment from Curves and hired the employees.

When I went in to the grand opening, I was introduced to the owner. He mentioned that he was looking to build a social media presence and perhaps, a blog. One of the former Curves employees told him that I was a computer-savvy writer. He asked me to work out for a week at the new gym and write two sample blog posts. I did, and also set up a Facebook fan page for the business. He liked the writing and asked me to start a blog with the name of the gym: Female in Motion.

The business didn't last long, but here is th…

A Walk to Remember

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Last Saturday, my mother, aunt and uncle came to my little hometown for a brief visit. We had a wonderful time, touring the town, lunching in a local restaurant and talking. One of the most memorable parts was when my aunt and I had a chance to walk along downtown by ourselves. As I showed her our beautiful wall murals, we talked about our darling husbands and close bond.

I have always been told that I take after my aunt. She is super fun, smart, quick-witted and friendly. If I do resemble her, I am honored. When we get together, we enjoy laughing, joking and generally cutting up. But every once in a while, we get serious. Those are precious times.

A close, intimate relationship with the Savior is something to savor, too. If you feel like you can share anything with Him, then you are truly blessed. In Genesis, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with God in the "cool of the day." The Bible speaks of a number of men who walked with the Lord.

The easiest way to get next to the F…

Anticipation

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1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Recently, I had lunch with a friend. We've known each other a very long time, since early childhood. I love that we were able to reconnect. The visit got me thinking about some of our adventures.

On the night before we started our senior year in high school, my friend called and invited me to go to a movie. On a school night. In Wichita. I can't imagine why, but my parents allowed me to go. We were practically giddy, on the eve before our last year of school. The movie was awful (Corvette Summer), but that didn't matter. We laughed and shared popcorn and anticipated the possibilities.

Have you ever wondered what Heaven will be like? I admit, the older I get, the more I look forward to it. John 14:2 promises there will be a place for each of us. It might be a Beverly Hills-esque solid gold mansion, …

The Battlefield

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Deuteronomy 20:4 For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

He will fight for us.

When I'm feeling like I need to right all the wrongs of the world, I try to remember this verse, and take the fury down a few notches.

Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and let God take control. It's what He does best. The Creator of the universe wants to protect and defend you against all comers.

Next time the Nasty Scaries are at the door, let your Savior save you.

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Notable Quote:

"He who angers you conquers you."--Elizabeth Kenny

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;