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Posts Tagged: Ephesians

You and Your Unique Gifts Make a Difference

You matter, my friend. You might feel as though you have little to offer or don’t make a difference, but don’t believe that for a moment. You are unique. You are gifted. You are one-of-a-kind. And the Body of Christ, also called the family of God, needs you. Think about it this way: Our physical… [ read more ]

Taming the Tongue

  Taming the tongue isn’t easy. This is true at any time, but moreso in the current political climate. How many times in the past couple of years have you forced yourself to refrain from saying something regrettable? Or perhaps you didn’t: You expressed an opinion contrary to a friend or family member’s and sparked… [ read more ]

Let’s Not Make Prayer Complicated

  For years I felt like a freshman in the school of prayer. I felt I had so much to learn in order to do it right. If I missed the mark, my prayers would waste both my breath and God’s time, and my best intercessory efforts would score a failing grade.   Sometimes we… [ read more ]

Help for These Crazy Days is Closer Than You Think

Sailor-Man and I traveled by ferry on the weekend to visit our son and his family. In times past, ferry rules said we could not remain in our car for the crossing to Vancouver Island. We had to leave our vehicle and go upstairs to one of the passenger decks for the trip’s duration.  … [ read more ]

A Prayer to Pray When Someone Hurts You

Our human bent tells us to withdraw physically, or dish up the silent treatment, or seek sweet revenge when someone hurts us. Praying for that individual’s forgiveness seldom enters our mind. But if we profess to be Jesus’ disciples, then we’re to follow His example.   Jesus was innocent of all wrongdoing yet He suffered… [ read more ]

10 Verses about God’s Strength

– Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.   – Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be revered above all the… [ read more ]

I Love You T-h-i-s Much

One of the ways in which I express love for my grandkids is this – I extend my arms wide open and then I say, “I love you t-h-i-s much!” At the very least, the little ones grin. Often they repeat my words and actions, and then they give me a big hug. So precious…. [ read more ]

Guest Post — “Please Pass the Grace”

Hi friends. Today I’m featuring a guest post by my friend Kathy Howard. Her new Bible study Lavish Grace: Poured Out, Poured Through, and Overflowing is scheduled for release in August. Check it out as a resource for your small groups. “Please Pass the Grace” Have you ever squirted hand cream into your hand from a tube,… [ read more ]

How Does Jesus Want Me to Love Someone Who’s Hurt Me?

  Jesus was the greatest man who ever lived. God in human form, He personified love. With His words, He encouraged His followers to not be afraid. He welcomed children into His presence and spoke blessings over them. He taught truth in story form, speaking a language the common folk could understand.   Jesus demonstrated… [ read more ]

Loving Others Means More Than Giving Valentine Hearts

  Love is in the air. Valentine-themed merchandise fills the stores: candy, chocolate, helium balloons, lingerie, flowers, mugs, cards. You name it—the word on the street is love. We see the same word in , but here it carries a much deeper meaning. It challenges us to a lifestyle of love, not just a sentimental… [ read more ]