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God Remembers

Cooking is not my gift. I can put together a meal, but trust me, it’s simple. Five ingredients or less is this gal’s idea of a good recipe. If the process from start to finish takes more than 30 minutes, I lose interest, and most likely dinner will not be fit for the dog, much less the people in the home. I come from a family of great cooks; somewhere along the way, however, I

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Is Life Trying to Ruin You

What Satan means to ruin, God can renovate. I have learned over the many years of being a follower of Jesus that suffering is a part of this road I travel. The challenges we face result from trials, temptations, failures, and persecutions. It used to be that I dreaded or feared them – almost to the point of total despair. Who wants to suffer? But I have learned something that recently occurred to me. When

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Alone, But Firm

Are you feeling alone in your calling? How do you stand firm amidst the ridicule? When our oldest was five years old, I planned to send him to the local public school. It was just up the street; I would be close if he needed me. It seemed right to enroll him. But God had different plans. He called us to homeschool. Questioning this calling, my husband and I went to the open house at

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When the Struggle Steal Your Stability

There are those times in life where the struggles are real. Monstrous even! They are so overwhelming that they threaten to steal our stability. We don’t always give credit to the realness of God’s people found in the pages of the Bible. But their fears and worry were just as material as ours. Two people stand in the face of terror. Do they disable their fear? If yes, how? If not, why? In Isaiah 7,

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