Spiritual Development

This Happened on Church Street

Just one week before the battering of Hurricane Irma hit Florida, there was another storm pummeling individuals living in Orlando. It was wreaking havoc on their life. Living as dead and destructive souls, these people, whom I met, were being whipped in the storm of sin. Thinking they were free, “they themselves were slaves of corruption…enslaved to whatever defeated them” (2 Peter 2:19). It was a Saturday. I flew in to visit my son, Nick,

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Spiritual Development

Turning Burdens into Blessings

“God never places burdens on His people’s shoulders without giving them the power to respond. God’s biddings are His enabling” – Griffith Thomas Sometimes a calling from God can feel more like a burden than a blessing.  Last year, our family moved to a new town. To make a long story short, it became apparent that moving was a must for us on many accounts.   If any of you have ever prepped a house

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Spiritual Development

When Words Hurt So Much More

Sitting in a heated meeting listening to the words of my close friend cut my soul as a knife left me feeling that sticks and stones may break my bones, but, oh, how words hurt so much more! Sobbing in my seat, unable to speak, my heart grew angry and callous. With every fiber in me, I wanted to nurse my bitterness and let it grow into a monster. Then the Holy Spirit quickened me

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Spiritual Development

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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Spiritual Development

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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