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Global awakening. Revival. Billion soul harvest. It’s time to get ready!

Global awakening. Revival. Billion soul harvest. It’s time to get ready!

Hope permeates the air as the rain refreshes the ground, the grass becomes greener, the buds appear on the trees and tulips and daffodils bloom – a sure sign of warmer, sunnier days to come. Hope is the confident expectation of coming good. It’s not a wishy-washy sentiment synonymous with “maybe,” but a deep-seated certainty. A knowing. It’s similar to how we know the longer days and warmer weather of April will produce new life.

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Grandchildren and superheroes

Grandchildren and superheroes

I have the most amazing grandchildren! Gary and I visited them a couple of weeks ago and we loved every minute. We had been at their house for less than an hour when our 4-year-old grandson came to me and looked me straight in the eyes. “Grandma, I have a secret,” he said earnestly. “I am Batman.” This is so cute and fun! He knows in his heart that he is a superhero. Children are brilliant. They absorb the world around them. They have not yet learned to shut down the creativity and joy that they were born with.

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Intentional love

Intentional love

We must be intentional to trust God more than we are intimidated by the world. God has good things in store for you…do you believe this? We have to trust him on that! He is more powerful than anything that comes against us. Do you know this truth in your heart? Prayer and worship are foundational to all that we do. Stay engaged in intentional prayer. Worship regularly. You will be transformed!

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Three keys for the new year

Three keys for the new year

In 2020, I soon learned to recognize disappointment, offense or lack of peace as signals alerting me to a part of my faith that wasn’t fully anchored in Jesus. These moments served as an invitation for me to draw close to the Lord, share my feelings, receive his love and submit to his pruning cuts. As painful and humbling as it was to realize that I had placed twenty percent of my hope in my own plans or ten percent of my hope into politics, I was one hundred percent grateful to have these places revealed so that every ounce of my trust could be placed in the only unshakable One.

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Peace quotient

Peace quotient

When I have the peace of God solidly inside of me, I am aware of world events, angry people, and all the unrest that is going on. Yet, still I am able to walk forward with wisdom and joy. When I lose my peace for any reason, it seems that the fear, anger and other things around me hit me on the inside. I don’t make good decisions, I lose energy, I worry….

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The outpouring from 24/7 prayer

The outpouring from 24/7 prayer

In Luke 10, we read that Jesus taught His disciples to declare peace over a town before entering it. What if we learned to regularly use our words to bless our community…those in proximity to us…businesses in our area…whoever and whatever God brings to mind? What if we as Jesus followers learned to break the forces of darkness around us by establishing the peace of God intentionally? What if we learned to craft our prayers to bless our community?

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Learning to hear God’s voice through dreams

Learning to hear God’s voice through dreams

Shortly after Gary and I were married, I started realizing that my dreams meant something more than I had been taught. Both of us grew up in the Christian church and dreamt a lot. Yet our churches taught that while dreams were a Biblical experience, they were no longer sent from God. Two dreams in particular got my attention.

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Clearing the air: making way for God’s presence

Clearing the air: making way for God’s presence

The smoke of hopelessness, fear, hate and division are a haze around us. The words clouding our airwaves are thick and blinding. Where is God in all of this? How can we as followers of Jesus help clear the air? How can we create a healthier environment for ourselves and others to see who God is and what God is doing?

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Rebellion vs. Partnering with God

Rebellion vs. Partnering with God

The Lord taught me that I have every right to disagree and voice an opposing opinion against what is wrong. However, if I am going to do this in partnership with heaven, I MUST incorporate God’s heart for the person I disagree with. This includes the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, humility and patience.

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God Rules!

God Rules!

This ceiling will never get painted! There, in the corner above my book cases, on the slightly yellowed popcorn ceiling is written in pencil, in a child’s handwriting, “God Rules”. A simple two-word statement from a child’s hand decades ago brought an unexpected and much needed calm to my spirit.

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A season to remove boulders

A season to remove boulders

One spring, I was introduced to the challenging and confusing practice of picking rocks in the newly-plowed and very muddy field. Our job was to pick up rocks and throw them on a flatbed trailer. When the trailer was full, it was taken over to another area where the rocks were added to an ever-growing stone wall. I was confused. If this farm had been in the family for generations…if they picked rocks EVERY spring…then why were there still rocks in the field?

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