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Posts Tagged: inner peace

Finding Peace in the New Year

  Every so often I review, update, and recycle my archived blogs. This one, originally published in December 2019, remains eerily relevant. Scroll down to read the first paragraph, and you’ll probably feel the same way I did:  it sounds just like this year except COVID isn’t mentioned.   When I wrote the following words… [ read more ]

God Surrounds Us

  Every so often a Bible verse presents a visual image that sticks like glue to my sanctified imagination. is one of them: “Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, both now and forever.” This verse, especially with its use of the word ‘surround,’ has become a favorite in my… [ read more ]

3 Promises of Peace When Your Story has a Difficult Plot

Everyone has a story, right? When I speak at women’s retreats and conferences, I hear many. Some stories draw laughter. Some leave me speechless, in awe of how God reveals Himself to those who seek Him. How He provides for those who ask. How He grants wisdom to those who lack. Sometimes those stories break… [ read more ]

Death, Taxes, and Other Guarantees

  You’ve probably heard it said that life offers only two guarantees: death and taxes. Well, I beg to differ.   John 16:32.33 says, “…Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have… [ read more ]

3 Promises for When We Need Answers

  Several questions sit at the forefront of my mind during this first week of 2019. The one weighing on me most is this, “How should I best develop my teaching materials for my trip to the Middle East in March?” I have to prepare ten sessions to help train young adults for career missions,… [ read more ]

Exhale Stress, Inhale Peace

  I haven’t written a blog for a couple of weeks, and for good reason: My daughter-in-law delivered a wee baby boy on December 6th—a month early. Baby’s lungs were underdeveloped, and as a result, he was immediately placed in the NICU. Our son phoned us with the news early that morning and said, “We… [ read more ]

What Does Our Face Say?

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. ( NLT)   I was deep in thought while walking in a local park when a stranger approached from the front.  “Smile! Life’s not half as bad as you think it is,” he said. I… [ read more ]

The Power of I AM

My good friend Twila Belk has written a devotional titled The Power to Be. The copy she mailed arrived hours before we left for Nepal last month, so I didn’t have a chance to open it until this week. Perfect timing, it was. I mentioned in Monday’s blog that finding my new normal is an… [ read more ]

Help! I’m Looking for Peace!

  Several years ago, I sensed the Holy Spirit telling me to get involved with business women in my community. That mere thought scared me. I don’t speak their language. This is way beyond my comfort zone, I argued.   The Holy Spirit continued to prod. I caved and began tiptoeing into the business community… [ read more ]