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Peace & Presence

The peace we find in the presence of Christ is like crawling under a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day or feeling the soft breeze on a warm spring morning. Seeking after God is a continual process that grows us into a deep and long lasting relationship with Him. Come into His presence and find peace.



Resolutions...Tomorrow

Tomorrow is always before us; unknown and often unprepared for. We will not escape it.

Peter was a guy who had it all together. If ever there was one who had self-confidence, Peter was the guy. Impulsive, determined, assured, and directed. But one thing Peter did not have was tomorrow. What led to his downfall was just around the corner, but he never saw it coming. That which would lead Peter to the lowest point in his life was smoldering along the roadside, just waiting.

Peter’s lesson is one we all need; especially as we try to see what’s down the road. Tomorrow is a distant unknown for all of us who think we have both hands on the wheel. Tomorrow may well bring its own troubles. No need taking today’s along with us as we walk into it. The greatest calamity of tomorrow may well be the catalyst that propels us to the highest mountain of our lives, as it did for Peter. Tomorrow should not be cursed.

There is also One who has seen tomorrow, prepared it, walked through it, and wrote our name all over it. Knowing Him is important. So is being closer to Him today than we were a year ago.

God waits for you with hands outstretched, ready to guide you through all of your tomorrows. Don’t wait another day to renew your relationship with Him.

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It's Only Straw

It’s only straw. But having it delivered to them made it easier to make bricks.

People in other countries still make bricks the old fashioned way. Soil or clay and straw and water are mixed and beaten down with the people’s bare feet. Hard work, even when all the ingredients are available. Later, the mixture is formed into bricks. 

Everything was going as expected and desired for the Israelites—until the straw was taken away. They would have to gather their own straw, putting their quota for the day in serious jeopardy. God sent Moses and Aaron on a mission that really messed things up between the Israelite slaves and Pharaoh. It may have only been straw, but for the Israelites it was the “straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Straw is often taken away from us too. Opportunities evaporate and life becomes more difficult.  Our friendly and caring boss is replaced with an unreasonable one. A good neighbor moves away and is replaced by one whose sole purpose in life seems to be to make your life miserable. We find ourselves in debt, or our loved ones endure illnesses. Life brings many changes—changes we’re not prepared for or don’t want to deal with.

God let the Egyptians take away the Israelites’ straw. For believers, nothing happens that God doesn’t allow. He is also the solution to new situations. We have to look to and depend on Him to get us through. The prophet Jeremiah said, “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you” (32:17).

While making bricks without straw was more difficult for the Israelites, it wasn’t impossible. Neither will God abandon us to the control of the world. He will light our way with His presence, just as He did for Israel. There is no situation, difficulty, or challenge that poses a problem too big for Him.

Trust God with everything and everyone you hold dear. The enemy will still take things away, but remember, It’s only straw.

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This Is for You Strong Ones

It’s hard being strong.

You know who you are. You’re the ones others turn to when they’re struggling. The ones who always have a verse ready to bolster your friends’ faith because you read your Bible every morning.

You’re the ones who carry a multitude of prayer requests close to your heart and pray for them in the night watches. And the ones who remind others that God loves them and will meet their needs, even when the situation seem impossible.

You’re the people who set the example for others to follow. Your lives are a demonstration of what it looks like to rejoice in suffering, persevere through trials, and never stop believing. But even you grow weary sometimes.

When my daughter was young and her little legs would tire, she’d tug on my husband’s sleeve and whimper, “I’m tired, Daddy, will you carry me?”

Without missing a step, my husband would reach down and scoop her up in his big, strong arms. She’d wrap her tiny arms around his neck, lay her tired head upon his shoulder, and sigh.

“I’ve got you, baby girl,” he’d whisper in her ear. “You take a little rest. Daddy will carry you.”

If you’re usually strong, but you’re feeling weary right now, it’s okay. Even strong ones grow tired. It’s human to wonder, Who will carry me while I carry all the others?

The prophet Habakkuk, a strong man with strong faith, also felt the strain. He sought the Lord in his weariness. “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me” (2:1).

God’s answer to Habakkuk is God’s answer to you too. When you grow weary, and the faith burdens you carry grow too heavy, tug on your Father’s sleeve. Cry out to him, “I’m tired, Daddy, carry me.”

Without missing a step, He’ll scoop you up in His big, strong arms, tuck your head under His chin, and whisper in your ear, “I’ve got you, baby girl. Take a little rest. Daddy will carry you.”

If you’re a strong one who’s feeling weak, allow the Sovereign Lord to be your strength today.

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Is Anyone Exempt from Falling?

The news broke my heart and left me wondering if anyone was exempt.

They were the last couple I would have expected to go through a painful divorce. We attended the same church for years. They were both leaders and shining examples of committed Christians. They seemed to have the perfect little family. Other people admired and respected them.

But as they say, no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. No one sees the strife, chaos, and secrets others hide so well. And no one truly knows the wounds and heartaches another person carries.

The Bible tells us that in the end times even the elect will be deceived. We already see it happening. Respected Christian leaders fall into gross sin. A family member suddenly turns her back and walks away from the faith. A man well known for his acts of kindness is arrested for molesting young boys. A mother turns to drugs and alcohol after a bitter divorce. These scenarios beg the question: Is anyone exempt?

Scripture tells us, You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. It also tells us to stay connected to the vine and to walk in the light. We’re instructed to be alert, watchful, and vigilant because the enemy of our soul is on the prowl, looking for someone to devour.

Sounds hopeless and discouraging, but the good news is that God has given us power and authority over all the works, plots, and schemes of the enemy. He’s given us His own armor for protection and the Sword of the Spirit—the living, powerful, and unchangeable Word of God—to fight for what rightfully belongs to us.

King David was a man of integrity—a man after God’s own heart. Yet he blew it by committing adultery and murder. Abraham, the father of nations, was called a friend of God, yet slept with his wife’s maidservant and passed his wife off as his sister because he was afraid. Peter was called a “rock,” but when push came to shove, he cut off someone’s ear in anger, then denied the One he swore to love and follow unto death.

We’re all human. We all make mistakes. But no matter the circumstances, God’s arms are always open wide when we repent and run back to Him.

No matter how many mistakes you’ve made, He’s waiting for you.

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In Google We Trust

"Are we going the right way?" my friend, Gina, asked as we sped down an Indiana highway heading home from a weekend of bargain shopping. "This highway isn't familiar."

Gina and I had been caught up in our chatter for the last hour, trusting Google Maps to get us safely home when we suddenly realized we were headed south. Michigan, our destination, was over 200 miles in the opposite direction.

As Gina drove on, I studied the screen on my phone to figure out where our Google guide had gone wrong. Thanks to a new update, the default address in Google was leading us to the correct street address, but the wrong city. Had I not checked up on our trusty navigator, we would have arrived four hours later...in Independence, Kentucky! I quickly corrected the error, but we’d already wasted 60 miles of gas and an hour of daylight we couldn’t recoup.

Putting our trust in worldly things is tempting—our careers, our abilities, our brain power, our paychecks, our earthly relationships, even our smart phones. But while depending on these worldly things may bring a measure of assurance, nothing can replace the unshakeable security we find in relying on the God of Abraham.

The Bible tells us our God is all-knowing and His word eternal and flawless. Trusting in anything else may seem like a good idea at the time but can lead us miles off the path God has in mind.

The next time you find yourself in an unfamiliar place—and wondering how you got there, forget human knowledge and self-reliance. Instead, seek God. Better yet, check in with Him before heading out on any of life’s road trips. He will never steer you wrong.

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