Ending to Begin the New



Towards the end of this year I began looking at Psalms 34: 3 “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”  David wrote this Psalm in the cave of Adullam.  He was running from King Saul who was trying to kill him and he had feigned madness in front of Achish King of Gath to escape.  The Bible says in 1 Samuel 22 “So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him.  Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him.”  

Everyone that gathered with David in the cave had to decide to make an end of whatever it was in their lives that was causing them problems.    This was a roughneck group of men that went into the cave one way and came out of the cave another way.  They left the cave and began defeating the enemies of Israel, moving from victory to victory.  A stark contrast to living in distress, discontent and debt.   
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Sight vs Insight

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This scripture may seem very elementary. But, we are at a beginning point for this season. We all know that God created the world. God made people. And He owns it all. But just for a moment read slowly. Think through each question. Make it personal. Give the Holy Spirit a chance to speak you your hear.

Recently I have had a season of unrest. I was frustrated by fear. I also began having a problem with my eyes. My sight is not as good as it use to be. But he the interesting thing is that my “insight” had been diminishing as well. I had become so very fearful that I was not able to trust the people around me, or the promises given to us by God Himself. Read More…

What time is it?

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How often do we check our watch, clock or phone to see what time it is? Time is a measurement created by God for us and when we walk in His timing we understand more fully the purpose of the days, months and years of our life. The Word tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. This is a set of scripture that most people recognize, but if we don’t understand what the season means then we can just float through life letting circumstances determine our course.

Last month, while overseas on a trip with my husband, we went on a 5 hour train ride that took us from one end of a country to the other. It was simply beautiful! Mile after mile of golden wheat fields rolled past our window. In each field we passed by the farmers were baling the wheat into large round bails. It was as if they all woke up that morning and said “TODAY is the day of harvest” or it was written in bold letters on their calendar “Harvest Day”, because each field was being harvested.

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

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Recently I went out of town by myself for an extended period of time. This was a time to experience the Father at deeper levels and grow in my relationship with Him. I had not ever been this far away from home on my own and while I enjoyed my trip and loved the quiet time with the Lord I missed my family and friends a great deal. The truth is, that as the trip neared the end, I was trying to figure out how I could come home a little sooner. I was tired. I felt slightly isolated because I was so far away from the people I love, and even at the end I was having to do new things everyday because this was a new place. Did I mention new things can be hard? Each day I had to choose to step out of my comfort zone and meet new people, sit with and possibly have uncomfortable conversations, and go to new places if I wanted to be around and see new things.

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Going beyond the Middle.

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Can you believe that we are past the middle of summer? For some, summer is the best past of the year, yet for others summer it is the worst. Summer can bring added pressure as kids go to camp and families take vacations. Families can feel the burden of their kids being home and all that includes—three meals plus snacks, constructive entertainment and play, the taxi service, the lack of schedule. Some families manage the lazy days of summer well, while others struggle to keep a healthy balance in their homes.

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