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2013 in review

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believe.

See my beautiful tulips?

And my fragrant white and pink peonies?

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And here is my pride and joy – forsythia.

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You don’t see them? I don’t either. Not yet. But they are there. Because without fail, every spring, this little garden spot is alive with wonderful colors and textures.

Underneath the frozen ground is life waiting to be born. A blanket of snow covers and protects the earth as it sleeps.  And spring never disappoints. It is always faithful, giving us a glimpse of how God works.

Is there something in you waiting to be born? Has winter gone on so long it has frozen your heart to believing it can get better?

There is a truth that stands no matter if we believe it or not. God is good. He doesn’t think like we do. Months turn into years and we wonder, when?

When?

Time and time again I have seen God take the worst of situations and make something good out of it. 

Wait.

Trust.

Believe.

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Photo Credit: Kathy Moulton

scripture friday.

Some Christians always have a scripture to put on a situation.

Ha. I am one of those people.

I don’t do it lightly. I do it with the confidence that it is a truth that injects strength into you.

At face value, it may seem like just a pat answer. I don’t do it  frivolously. I do it with compassion and understanding.

When you plug something in, you expect it to work.

That’s the way it is with scripture. There is an unseen current that connects to your heart and mind. You just don’t see it.

Let the word of God settle in. Don’t be so quick to reject it. Even if you’ve been hurt in church, by other people, or God himself.

At the end of the day, you have to believe in something. It all has to make sense, doesn’t it?

Believe God is who he says he is.

Jesus said:

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 14:27

Doesn’t nature teach us so much about God?

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Photo Credit: ©Kathleen Moulton

to all the moms.

I know the planning, working, and sacrifice that you’re doing at Christmas time. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming.

You may be a mom who is struggling to make ends meet and make your family happy. For some, it is a thankless job because it’s not noticed.

I notice.

More importantly, God notices.

Mothers smile when they are crying inside. They set the tone in the home and put the special touches on everything they do. And if you’ve lost  a child, or your home, or a husband, life has stopped for you.

I know it hurts. Why you?

I don’t know. All I know is that God does comfort and carry us through tragedies.

Let him.

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You will survive.

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scripture friday.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John 1:14

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morning has broken.

This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself … 

– The Bible

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Photo Credit: Kathy Moulton

light to my path.

Where am I going?

I am baffled.

I was headed there. I was certain of it.

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But when it happened, everything changed.

And now I am here.

It’s cold. Everything looks dismal. This is not where I want to be.

Then I looked up. I saw the light. It is the one thing that is constant. It’s always there. Even when I cannot see it.

And it will guide me.

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small things.

Sometimes, giving out of your pain seems unattainable. That’s because you are looking to do great things.

Did you know that Jesus said the least in the kingdom is the greatest? In other words, we often look for the biggest and brightest and best of everything – when God almost always picks the smallest, and dimmest, and the least of everything.

Jesus was born in a barn. Not a castle.

Your giving can be useless and small in your eyes, but it’s a sacrifice God takes note of.

And you know something? It seems to be the secret to soothing your hurting heart.

                   I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not

lose his reward.

-The Bible

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