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The benefits of reading are obvious. Reading improves vocabulary, writing skills, imagination, knowledge, as well as decreases stress by promoting relaxation. It’s free entertainment, and it is an opportunity to be creative and focus the mind so you can fall asleep at night. But for me it’s all about the quality of reading rather than […]

Most have seen a least one news report of a grieving mother whose child’s life was recklessly or purposefully taken and her response is, “I forgive them.” Is that possible? What would be the one thing? The one act you could not forgive? I was challenged recently reading the book Outrageous Grace properly titled for […]

(My handout from “Redeeming your thought life”, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, November 1, 2015) Maintain justice and do what is right for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. Isaiah 56:1 What is right? Ask the Lord! For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are […]

Boating is a common recreational activity in the State of Florida.  With over 30,000 lakes and waterways in the state most have enjoyed a day fishing, waterskiing or cruising the ocean or lakes but do you wear a PFD (personal flotation device)?  The Florida State law is that children must wear one and each vessel must carry […]

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.  Hosea 6:6 In reading Hosea this morning, I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to meditate on this verse more intently. It looked familiar, “desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Indeed, it shows up twice in the Old Testament and three times in the New Testament. […]

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8 It’s been almost a year since the publication of Finally Home and I wonder if God is done with it yet. I carry one with me everywhere I go, it’s in my gym bag, my purse, and […]

Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 A dozen of long stemmed roses in various colors, a bouquet in a glass vase, appear on my desk on a mid-Friday afternoon. I was too busy to notice who […]

This is a paper I was required to write for my graduate class Studies of Spiritual Leadership. Abstract The purpose of this paper is to establish a “personal leadership guide” using principles learned from the required texts in the Intermediate Study of Leadership in Woman’s Ministry course. This paper will address insights and practical applications […]

Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 3:8 Have you ever loved someone so much it physically hurt? Loved someone that it was a sacrifice beyond what you thought you could handle? Could only see what they “could be” instead of what they are? Yes, you […]

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19 “James, what was it? What brought you home? Why after all of these years?” I asked […]

He remembered us in our weakness. His love endures forever. And freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:23-24 The phone rang at 2:15 a.m. Surprisingly I awoke with ease and answered it, fully coherent. It was Sam. He lives on the west coast therefore it is 3 hours earlier in his […]

(“Faith” Assignment for my Graduate class:  “Feed and clothe a homeless person”)   At the beginning of the course, upon reading this assignment, I prayed, “Lord, I often feed people by providing meals to those who have had surgery or lost a loved one.  I also donate clothes that don’t fit or I don’t want […]

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