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When prayers go unanswered

We all love to celebrate answered prayers! But what about the prayers that aren’t answered the way we hope? Or the ones that seem to never be heard and we pray over and over again?

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God finds such JOY in you!

Any one who has ever parented or cared for little kids for any period of time can hear the words “Mom, come watch me!” or “Come look what I can do!”  We’d hear it over and over again. I remember reluctantly dropping what I was doing and dragging myself into the next room with a forced smile and watching my girls do whatever it was that they were excited about at that moment. But once I saw their joy, and once I heard the laughs and looked at their smiling faces, I no longer had to force the smile. It

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Look up, be watchful….

The pelicans are my fig tree. When I see them, I remember how faithful God is. Every season reminds us that we are even closer to seeing Him again. We don’t know if we’ll be here to witness Him coming on the clouds, or if we’ll meet Him in Heaven, but one thing is sure: He made a promise, and He always keeps His promise. We don’t need to fear, we don’t need to worry. Just as I look forward to those pelicans returning, I can look forward to seeing all that God has promised come to fruition.

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She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity…

She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25 A couple of weeks ago, I had this horrible dream where I was in front of a bunch of people in a bathrobe, but no matter how hard I tried, the bathrobe wouldn’t cover me up. I tried sitting down, so no one could see me, but even when I sat, they could still see my naked body. It was awful! In our culture, we are often so critical of how we look, and we put a lot of thought into what we

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Break my heart for what breaks yours…

My sister and I have a great relationship. She is my best friend. It works really well because we couldn’t be more different. Growing up, I remember a situation in high school where some random girl was saying bad things about me. She barely knew me, I never even talked to her, yet she was telling people horrible things about me. I always take these things so personally and if there is one thing in this world I hate, it’s people who are upset with me. So I was hurting pretty bad. My little sister got wind of this and

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