PREPARED

We are usually just going along with our daily lives, trying to live for Jesus, doing our best, when the enemy sneaks up on us. He deceives us. All of a sudden, we are in a battle we didn’t anticipate.

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UNTYING

Deep down we want to trust, to believe, to surrender our whole lives to him and let him hold our hearts. But fear keeps us bound and gagged like a merciless kidnapper. It controls us.

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WHY

Good, kind, innocent people have really awful things happen to them. And our first reaction most of the time is to ask, “WHY? Why would such a loving and powerful God allow these things to happen?”

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NAME

Susan. It’s the name on my birth certificate, my driver’s license, my credit card. But I just don’t really feel like a Susan. Ever since I was a baby, I have been called Susie by everyone I know. Susie just seems to fit me.

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RULES

We are focusing way too much on the specifics and missing the whole point. The purpose of the rules isn’t about keeping every single one and thinking we are earning our way to Jesus. The purpose of the law, the Ten Commandments, the message of Jesus, is simply LOVE.

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EXTRAVAGANT

He delights in pouring out His love, His grace, and His power beyond what our hearts can hold. He overwhelms us with unlimited energy, strength, beauty, and creativity to live for Him.

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NEWS

What’s going on? We want to know, we need to know. News of what is happening in our communities, our countries, our world is so important. There are a lot of reasons why we should pay attention to what is going on. And it’s not hard to find. We hear it, we watch it, we get updates on our phones. And some of us still get it folded up and delivered to our porches

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BREAKFAST

He knows when we are experiencing an awful time, when everything is going horribly wrong. He sees us: depressed, angry, hurting, and wondering why it’s all happening to us at once.So he shows up.  And he makes breakfast. 

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HEADLONG

He doesn’t mind if we just fall in exhausted or if we end up doing an accidental head-over-heels flip.  He will catch us and hold us safely in his arms. Jesus is always available.

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PIECES

Jesus wants to scoop up our broken pieces and put them back together in stronger and more beautiful ways. No matter how many cracks we have, Jesus can take our rough places, our sharp edges, our painful parts and create an amazing work of art. Unique. Valuable. Even better than before…

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SHOWER

Jesus can pour over us streams of grace and kindness by cleansing our hearts, making us new, refreshing us, energizing us to live the life He call us to. He is all about celebrating us and supporting us­­, whatever stage of life we are in.

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RECEIVE

The annual Christmas card from our sponsored child in Bolivia arrived the other day. I think I might have been reminded of something really important by this tiny little girl across the world.

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MULTIPLY

Remember learning your math facts?  Your times tables?  The easy ones like 2 x 2= 4 and the not-so-easy ones like 7 x 8 or 9 x 7?  I kind of liked the idea…almost like a magic trick once I figured it out.  Multiplying 3 x 8— it became so much faster than adding 8+8+8. Pretty cool according to my third-grade self. And still pretty cool when you think about the word multiply.

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TROUBLE

I really don’t like the word “TROUBLE”. Nothing feels good about being in trouble, experiencing trouble, or causing trouble. At the first sign of this uncomfortable word, I run the other way as fast as I can. I remember clearly the first time I got in trouble at school.

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