He Restores My Soul – Family Event

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Shopping for a New Identity

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says identitymeans “who someone is; the distinguishing character or personality of an individual.”1I believe women struggle with their identity more than anything else. From the time we are very young we get a visual picture of what beauty should look like. We watch movies, look at advertisements, and are inundated by commercials that […]

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Lucky the Dog

Anyone who has pets will really like this—you’ll like it even if you don’t have pets and you may even decide you need one! Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named ‘Lucky.’ Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit, they would warn their friends […]

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In the Waiting

In a practical way, I want to show you how God’s grace works in our everyday lives. Have you been waiting on God to answer something, or several somethings, for a very long time? Aren’t most of us in a “waiting” mode about one thing or another? As I contemplated God’s grace, He reminded me […]

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Grace in Waiting

Grace truly is amazing! We hear it in songs, read it in words of encouragement, and wear it on our jewelry. It is easily found in our times of joy, but can we find it in our times of waiting? Twenty-plus years ago, I was a young newlywed with great expectations of becoming a mother. […]

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Sense-sational Art

God’s grace allows us to do and be so much in His kingdom. For example, grace enables me to be a daughter, a mother, a wife, an artist, and an art teacher—five major roles all demanding my attention and time. In moments of exhaustion at the end of a day, when weariness takes hold, I […]

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Living Sunny Side Up

To everything under the sun there is a time and a season. These seasons bring about changes in our lives, attitudes, status, positions, hopes, dreams, and priorities. Some of these seasons are like springtime when the grass is green, the flowers are blooming, the rain is soft and sweet, and the little animals come out […]

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Grace and Peace to You

  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the beautiful and encouraging greeting of the Apostle Paul in most of his thirteen letters that are part of our New Testament. Four of the letters—Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians—are known as the Prison Epistles. The “grace and […]

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A Royal Encounter

Most of us know the story of Cinderella. She was born of high estate, was dearly loved by her father, and had everything that made her happy and secure. Then life happened—loss, betrayal, cruelty, and abuse. In her heart she knew there was something better. Sparked by hope—an invitation to a royal ball—she dreamed of a […]

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Fit for a Queen

The story of Esther captivates me. No matter how many times I read it, my heart leaps with excitement and joy. It seems to be the type of story I would read in a novel or see played out as a Hollywood movie, yet there is nothing fictional about it. I believe God has woven […]

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