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The new year gives us a chance to make a fresh start. What are you doing this new year that’s different from last year? Check out my devotional at the God is Love blog.
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Last year at Christmas none of us had any idea what the year 2020 would bring. Our family didn’t know that by this time, we would have one empty seat at our table with the passing of my mother. I wrote this story in January 2020, when the world was a different place. I was inspired by Pastor Barry’s Christmas Eve sermon, not knowing that my mom would be spending her next Christmas in another place, outside of time. I have no idea what she is seeing, hearing, and experiencing, but I know it is amazing.
I hope you enjoy this piece of fiction about what Christmas might be like in heaven. May we keep that sense of wonder, awe, and rejoicing at the miracle of Emmanuel all year long.
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I got to thinking the other day about all the dreams I had as a child. Don’t we miss those times of innocence and potential, when we hadn’t realized our own limitations or the limitations of a broken world? What did you want to be? Let’s talk about it during this month’s devotional at the God is Love blog.
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Crocheting is one of my hobbies. I love taking yarn and turning it into something both useful and beautiful. But I have to untangle a lot of messes to get that end result. Join me for my devotional at the God is Love blog as we delve into the ways we are like that skein of yarn. Be blessed today!
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Two weeks ago, my mother went to be with the Lord. We didn’t “lose” her because we know right where she is: with the multitude of saints who have gone on before. That may sound lofty, but our family believes that because she trusted in Jesus, she is in heaven right now, with Him. This is a difficult time for us who love her, but because we do not believe she is “gone”, we have hope we will see her again.
As a writer, I process feelings, decisions, and the world through words. I almost have to write everything down before I understand it. Some of you may have read the piece I wrote to make sense of my niece’s leukemia diagnosis several years ago, The Death of the Dragon. It encouraged me and seems to have encouraged others.
So when my mother made the decision to suspend her treatment and allow the cancer to take its course, I needed to write. We spent that time talking, laughing, crying, holding hands, hugging, and generally spending time as a family. It was hard and joyful and sad and blessed and we agreed it was the best worst summer we could have ever had.
Mom had several divine encounters during her last months here and I took the liberty of using a few of her impressions and the thoughts she shared with us in this piece. Click the link below to read or download it.
I hope you find this encouraging. A reminder that our Healer is much bigger than any cancer, disease, or dragon, even if the healing comes in ways we don’t want. If you have questions about heaven, the Gospel, or Jesus, please post a question in the comments or use the contact form. I’m not an expert, but I’m happy to share and explore these questions with you!
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Join me today at the God is Love blog where I’ll talk about the Holy Spirit. I wish I could say I was any kind of expert, but I’m working through my understanding of Him. I may not know everything, except that I need a Comforter, Helper, and Advocate every day of my life, so I am so thankful He’s been given to us as believers. Please comment below or contact me using the form if you have any thoughts you’d like to share of if there is a way I can pray for you. Thank you for stopping by!
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Do you love old books? Do you love the way they feel and smell like I do? This book of prayer has been a great comfort to our family these last few months. My devotional at the God is Love blog tells a little bit about it. Join me there. And let me know if there’s something I can pray about for you. Use the comment box below or the contact form to send an email. I’d love to start a conversation!
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William Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
Sometimes life asks us to play our part from underneath the stage–in the pit. My devotional this month at the God is Love blog is about what we can learn while we’re in that pit.
Please let me know if there is a way I can pray for you or if you’d like to start a conversation. Use the comment section below or send me an email through my contact form. Have a wonderful day!
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The world is in a season of uncertainty. And in the middle of this pandemic, my family has begun to walk an unknown path ourselves. But God is already there. He is faithful. Let us always remember the promises He gives, even when we have no idea what is ahead of us.
My devotional this month at the God is Love blog explores that idea. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Or if I can pray with you, leave me a comment or send me an email. We are on this journey together, friends!