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A Change Coming

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I woke up this morning, and pulled on my hoodie. It's the first time I've done that this fall. It felt so comfy and warm on this cool morning. There's a change coming, in the weather.

The first presidential debate is today. Whoever gets elected, we will have a new leader next year. There's a change coming, in the government.

People are staying away from churches. They don't want to have anything to do with God. Children are growing up with no knowledge of the Bible. There's a change coming, in the church.

We don't spend time with our families any more. It's not a priority. We've turned into roommates and strangers. There's a change coming, in our homes.

It's foolish to think we're fine as we are. We have no need for a Savior; we believe we can manage our own lives. There's a change coming, in our hearts.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 (KJV) To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time …

Bravely Onward

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The day I started work at Rainbows United, I took the exit ramp onto K96 and encountered this billboard. Somehow, I felt that God had placed it there just for me.

I know that Fidelity Bank in Wichita has a publicity campaign that encourages business owners and citizens to fight back against the perilous economic times we are facing.

Our business had closed three months before, and I really needed a job. The billing specialist position at RUI came as a complete surprise. I knew their reputation and jumped in with both feet. Still, I was nervous. Could I do it? Was I strong enough?

The billboard is still there, and I ask myself the same question every morning.

What will I do?

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"To go back is nothing but death; to go forward is fear of death, and life everlasting beyond it. I will yet go forward."--John Bunyan

The Shepherd

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The Shepherd was meant to be a gift for my 50th birthday, but it ended up being so much more.

I found the painting while visiting a friend in our new local hospital. They have a small gallery of local artists' work. When I rounded a corner and saw it for the first time, I was mesmerized. A small flock of sheep were led down a tree-lined path by their shepherd, while a sneaky fox peeked out from behind a nearby tree.

Never leaving my memory for long, I contemplated the painting and its meaning. I even dreamt of walking down that tree-lined pathway. The price was very dear, so I knew it was not meant for me to own this beautiful work of art.

When February 2012 came, I had my usual well-woman exam and mammogram. However, the breast exam showed abnormalities, so I had to have a follow-up needle biopsy. Being diagnosed with breast cancer on my 50th birthday was a bit of a cruel joke. Honestly, I can't remember much about the rest of that day. There was definitely no party.

Soon th…

The Withered Tree

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Habakkuk 3:17-18 (KJV) Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Problems were pretty basic when I was younger, and even when I was a young parent. Something would come up, I prayed about it, and God solved the problem. Simple, right?

But God isn't a genie, and everything can't be resolved in a flash. Sometimes, God doesn't change the circumstances. Instead, He changes our perspective.

How we handle what has been handed to us is the true test of our faith. Is it an active, vibrant thing, or superficial and lifeless?

I can't control what happens in my life, but I can control how I react. A positive outlook and faithful determination will keep me moving forward in my walk with Christ.

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In a rapid…