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Posts Tagged: Ephesians

“Great” — My One Word for 2016

  For each of the past five years or so, the Lord’s given me one special word on which to focus. Beyond a doubt, my word for 2016 is “great.” At the outset of 2016, I receive great in this context:   Pray for great things this year. For starters: healing of broken relationships, a… [ read more ]

The Truth About Self-Talk

A friend and I planned to run an errand together recently. She’d climbed into the car and buckled her seatbelt when she suddenly blurted, “I’m so stupid—I forgot my purse.”   I’m so stupid.   That phrase—three words of negative self-talk—came effortlessly. I suspect my friend has entertained them in her thoughts more often than… [ read more ]

An Amazing Example of God’s “Exceeding Abundantly Aboves”

God’s “exceeding abundantly aboves” leave me in awe. It happened again yesterday. Some of you have followed my saga about moving to the residence above our ministry’s new office. Knowing we needed a renter for our townhouse before we could afford to rent the other place, we signed a contract with a property manager in… [ read more ]

Trusting God for Lavish Gifts

God is a lavish gift-giver. That’s right! “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:8, emphasis mine). The dictionary defines lavish as “to bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities upon.”… [ read more ]

Make Thanksgiving a Way of Life

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ( NLT)   This weekend my husband and I enjoyed a “grandma grandpa sleepover.” I don’t know who had more fun—children or grandparents.   Simple things can bring big smiles to little kids—eating macaroni and cheese for supper and… [ read more ]

God Shows Up in the Details at Heathrow Airport

In last Friday’s blog, I mentioned a myriad of concerns on my mind that week. One of them mentioned an upcoming trip to Eastern Europe. I wrote this:   Think about boarding a Boeing 747 next week and flying to London enroute to Hungary and eventually Slovakia. I’m responsible for taking a 38-year-old single mom… [ read more ]

An Encouragement When Feeling Down

. Pam Franklin and I met at a writers’ workshop in Saskatchewan several years ago and began emailing shortly afterwards. Last summer she and her family moved to BC. It’s a real treat having Pam live only 20 minutes’ drive from my home now. Anyway, the transition hasn’t been as easy as anticipated, and Pam… [ read more ]

Believing God

I’ve heard much, and I’ve taught much, about the importance of believing God’s word. And now I’ve discovered two gems that solidify my conviction. Here they are, buried in Paul’s prayer in … “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same… [ read more ]