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Some days even  answering an email feels like too much to do.  

I find my words are strangely silent with little for me to say as I struggle with so many things.  My faith included.  I am having to immerse myself in Scripture to silence the doubts that arise.

Sometimes I feel ashamed of what I see as my “little faith” when I so often become afraid.

And lonely - don’t forget lonely.

Yes, I have family around me - but it is no where near the same as when I had my husband to share with.  …

I (Still) Did Not Sign Up for This!

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While I am not feeling up to writing ’new’ posts, I thought I’d find a few older posts that fit where I am right now.  Hope this one can encourage you today. 

“ The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “ hen the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. …

Hard Pressed

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.                        2 Corinthians 4:8-9

I wrote this over a year ago.  A dear reader  mentioned it and I went back to read it myself.  I think it kind of fits for where I am now.   I need to acknowledge that though the going is rough … I’m still going.  :)  Hope it helps you today.

Hopelessness … or Inner Strength?

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In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. Ephesians 2:12

As I continue my excursion through Ephesians - reading the book each day for 21 days - more and more things stand out to me.  

I see phrases that hit home.

When I read, “You lived in this world without God and without hope,” it struck me just how awful it would be to live this life of facing chronic challenges without God.

I Did It!

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Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1 

It is so easy for me to take credit for the good things in my life. I readily accept compliments for my writing and for my artwork.  

I can be so pleased with myself.

It’s kind of funny, actually.

I keep handing my life over to Christ.

And then grabbing it back.

Not quite the insight I was looking for this week.

The Breath of God

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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16

 I’m finding that when you read (listen) and reread a book of the Bible, you really begin to understand it.  You feel like you know it.

I wish I had known of this years ago, and had the incentive to try it.

I’m on day eight in the book of Ephesians - listening all the way through.  It takes less than a half an hour each day.

God’s Prayer For You

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so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 

One of the things I enjoy about reading Scripture is finding the many prayers that it contains.

As I continue my attempt to read through the book of Ephesians for 21 days, the prayers it contains stand out more and more.

I like to think that they were written for me - I substitute my name in the ”you” spots.  …

If I Accept It …

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I am taking an online art/self-healing (emotionally) class and I realized something as the video went on.

I’ve not truly accepted where I am right now.

I may feel defeated by the circumstances sometimes.

But truly accepting?

The premise that was presented was that until we accept where we are in life, we stop ourselves from moving forward.

I’ve not accepted I’ve got heart issues that stop me from doing the things I want to do.

Only Because of Him

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I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. Psalm 9:1 

I am praying I can write this post, as I’m pretty emotional right now.

My daughter was helping me clean up (pretty much me telling her what to do …), when I saw an envelope that I didn’t recognize and asked her to hand it to me.

I opened it, and was fairly surprised to find it was the record of my hospital adventure in March.

What Works For You ...

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Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105 

I finished my read through of Psalms yesterday, and today I began again reading Psalm 1-5.

I’m finding that this repetitive reading is having an interesting effect on me.

Psalms ends on such a high note of praise … it was exciting to see them culminate in such intense praise of God.

I started thinking about the journey through Psalms.

David, and the other writers, wrote of so many different parts of their life.  …

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