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The Keys

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Revelation 1:18 (NIV) I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Sometimes the simplicity of the Message comes through an inconvenient task. For the last two days I've had my niece and her family with me. She has two precious little girls with a lot of energy. The little one, Payton outran my cats Mercy, Grace and Savannah. She chased them as she discovered with excitement that these four legged furry creatures could run around the house just like her. Of course the cats were terrified and hid in my room for 48 hours. I guess they felt threatened by a "little person". We had dinner together and enjoyed each others company. Payton ran outside collecting "little yellow flowers" a.k.a weeds and put them in a jar. It kept her busy and it was a game to see how many she could get; I have a lot of weeds. I convinced Meyli the older sibling that collecting ants and putting them in a ja

Unforced Rhythms of Grace

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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. ” Matthew 11:28-30   (MSG) What causes us to fret?  Could it be that sometimes our own anxieties or troubles are brought on upon ourselves?  Have you ever opened your eyes in the morning and the first thing on your mind is the day’s to-do list?  Now, shouldn’t it be Jesus?  Instead of waking up and saying “thank you Lord” for a new day, sometimes our thoughts are more like, “uhhh look at all I have to do today”.  If that’s not bad enough our great invention of trepidation beeps with just one more thing for us to do!  It really is a “cell” phone; a prison at times. Jesus said, ”   Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek an

Running the Race

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Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ( Philippians 3:12-14) Run, run, run, that's the race we are in!  Tomorrow I have participated to be the "cheering squad" with my husband for a 5K race that's being held in Goshen, NY. Though I have physical challenges I probably could have walked the 5K but I volunteered to encourage the runner/walker.  Why? Isn't life just like a race?  You're walking or running and then something tries to intercept your stride.  Just when you think you are about to arrive a curb ball come your way.  It might even knock you down.  The Bible sa

I'm so excited!

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I don't know how it actually begins; the beating of the heart and soul of a life. Many have argued the actual genesis of life; views from every possible angle. Today I am just going to consider my life since I am the only expert on that subject. I'm telling my story. Who puts me together?  "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb." Psalm 139:13 God, the Designer of Life has saw fit to bring this soul to life; to give me breath. When we are young in years we often don't contemplate purpose; at least I didn't.  About two decades plus ago I came to an intersection that has changed my life.  I surrendered my life to Jesus. This experience set my feet in a direction, an experience that I am still exploring. I have been saved, set apart for God and continue to mature in this thing I call "life". Reflection is good!  God who knitted me together and caused my heart to beat an