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In Every Change He Faithful Will Remain

I awakened early this morning with this ancient hymn “Be Still My Soul” by Katharina von Schlegel on my heart. And as I heard Jesus singing over me, I responded. Always remember God delights over you with singing. Be still my soul But Lord, my heart is churning, my emotions are all over the place,…

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Will September Begin a Harvest?

It is now September and for most of us, that means the Fall Season has begun. Colorful leaves. Apples and Cornucopia baskets. Cozy sweaters. New sharpened pencils. Hearty soup. Pumpkin everything. How desperately we need a time of Harvest in our lives! And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken lives. So those who…

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Rejoice

Rejoice always. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16 “I’ve been living without the use of my hands and legs for more than fifty years!” Joni Eareckson Tada recently wrote. When she first broke her neck as a teenager, she met a guy who had been in a wheelchair for eight years—unimaginable to her at the time. And…

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Sunset

From sunrise to sunset, let the Lord’s name be praised! Psalm 113:3 My husband calls me out on the porch to watch the sunset. It is glorious—fiery red, dazzling orange with a bit of purple mixed in. We are in awe and enjoy the companioned silence. Eleven years ago we decided to downsize—give away or…

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List

Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can ever praise him enough? ~ Psalm 106:2 “I tell you I’m going crazy,” the woman shouted to her mentor. He gently replied, “Here is a yellow pad and here is a ballpoint pen. I want you to write down your blessings.” She refused, overcome…

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Praise

Declare God’s glory among the nations; declare his wondrous works among all people because the Lord is great and so worthy of praise. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:24-25 In my green hymnal, it’s the very first song. Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to his feet your tribute bring. Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, evermore his…

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Silence

It’s good to wait in silence for the Lord’s deliverance. It’s good for a man to carry a yoke in his youth. He should sit alone and be silent when God lays it on him. ~ Lamentations 3:26-28 When prompted to add the spiritual discipline of silence to my daily prayers, I fought it. Sustained…

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Selah

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah. ~ Psalm 68:19 “Whoa! You’re talking way too fast. You must stop long enough to breathe. Pauses are also important in a speech.” How well I remember some of my early training as a public speaker. My instructor was…

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Though

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! ~ Habakkuk 3:18 The news…

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Where?

Jesus replied, “Weren’t ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? No one returned to praise God except this foreigner?” ~ Luke 17:17-18 Leprosy is a horrific disease. It’s easy to recognize lepers. They’re the ones missing noses, fingers, and toes. Because they can’t feel pain, injuries aren’t treated. Not only does this infection spread to…

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