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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;

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 …