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Jumping

(Love) does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 1 Corinthians 13:6 I’m not very athletic, but I’m very good at jumping. Well, I used to be good at jumping, jumping rope that is! Do kids do this any more? I could even do double-Dutch, where two ropes were swung around alternately. I loved it, and I could say it was one of my favorite forms of fun (aka: kid exercise!). Perhaps I should take it up again! Add it to my “fitness plan.” It would do this body good! Lately, one of my worst habits is jumping to conclusions. Totally not cool. I will choose a side before I hear the full story, whether it’s a personal story or a news broadcast (which is why I have given up all things news, except for weather). When I read this morning scripture from YouVersion’s verse of the day, it occurred to me how this would benefit the world (and me in particular). What if I never jumped to conclusions again? What if I waited on God to lead and reveal wha

Lessons From the Garden

"I said, 'Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.' - Hosea 10:12 NLT" ... We are planning to begin working on our backyard landscaping projects, and I ran across this post from 3 years ago about landscaping the front yard. My history repeats itself in a timely fashion! ... I can't work in a garden without thinking of this life verse. While I love the finished product, and anticipate a future flowerbed filled with lovely things, I have to remember the process it took to get to today—assessing what was there to start with, determining what changes needed to take place and what steps (and time and money!) it took to get it where it needed to be, and remembering it will take more work tomorrow...next week...month...year! Weeds will grow, I will need to watch for whatever comes to snatch

Dark Valleys

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NLT I’m guessing that you’re facing some sort of “dark valley” today. Most of us are. It doesn’t have to cause us to be overwhelmed with fear, but sometimes it does. It doesn’t have to throw us into depression, but there may be signs of it affecting our bodies and minds. It may be issues financially, spiritually, emotionally or relationally. Oftentimes these valleys of life affect us in multiple layers—it may start with something relationally, then depression or anxiety sets in. That exacerbates into a physical health issue, so we go to a doctor, and that creates a financial burden. All the while we continue to pray for God to heal us, restore the relationship, and wonder why He hasn’t—so our faith doubts that He is there, or we begin to think that He doesn’t care enough to “fix it.” Often He wants us to grow in our faith, and

Happy First Day Of Spring!

Oh, it feels that Spring has taken its time to arrive this year. Anyone else think so? I’ve gone through weeks of photo memories where things bloomed so much earlier, weather was so much warmer already, and folks were in much better moods...we will blame it on all the rain. Nothing lifts my spirits like a warm and sunny Spring day! Maybe we can all turn a corner today, feeling better physically, happier emotionally, and more hopeful spiritually. I am ready! What’s your favorite thing about Spring? #marinaskitchentable #hopewriters #wordworshipwrite #celebratespring 

Washing Feet

And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. John 13:14 . I love the symbolism of Jesus washing His disciples feet and the example He set for us, but outside of a few wedding ceremonies and an occasional service at church, I don’t see that happening as often as it did back in Jesus’ day. . Sure, we wear shoes, our roads are paved and sidewalks poured, and eeew, people’s feet can have all sorts of icky things that can be spread—it’s easy to justify why we don’t often wash feet these days, but does this mean we toss out the significance of serving one another? Nope! . There are likely a handful of other ways we can serve each other every day. Parents do it inside the home (and work!) every day, providing for their families. We use current societal manners, like holding doors open, or gathering our neighbors trash cans from the curb and pulling them up to the house. We offer to loan tools and assist with small jobs. Maybe

Loneliness

A living-abroad family member recently shared how many of their family are experiencing loneliness. We forget, those of us not having lived abroad, how magnified any emotion can be in a stressful lifestyle, whether living overseas or back in their passport country for a visit. I remember a friend sharing on furlough how deeply her friendships had changed; she and her family had experiences that had grown them, changed them at their core, yet back in the states, even their best friends had only advanced their visions of the American Dream. There was a huge chasm.  Let’s remember to pray for our missionaries here on furlough and abroad. Let’s pray for God to be the remedy to their loneliness, for them to be able to be honest and transparent about all of their emotions, with people at their side and those monitoring them from their passport countries. Let’s ask God to provide relationships to help fill the gaps—not just people to reach out to evangelize, but deep spiritual

Practical Missionary Care Refresher

Although I’m not immersed in Missionary Care Ministry in this season through our church, I still love encouraging our Missionary friends and family.  I have spoken to many friends who are preparing for their Global Workers and Missionary friends to return home for furloughs soon. Whether they are near or far, there’s many ways we can bless them! I was reminded of this post I wrote for DaySpring a few years ago...  https://www.dayspring.com/articles/category/encouraging-others/5-easy-ways-to-support-your-missionaries

Reminding Myself

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1John 4:4  It’s sad how easily I can forget Who I belong to and how far He has brought me. My HIStory is a testimony of His great love, His blood poured out to cover all of my sins. It is the stuff old hymns are made of.  •  I once was lost, but now I am found, was blind but now I see. (Amazing Grace, John Newton, 1779) I was sinking deep in sin, Far from the peaceful shore, Very deeply stained within, Sinking to rise no more; But the Master of the sea Heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me, Now safe am I. Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, Love lifted me. (Love Lifted Me, James Rowe, 1912) Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your many blessings see what He hath done. (Count Your Blessings, Johnson Oatman, 1897) Little one’s to Hi