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The Voice of Your Shepherd

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). –John 20:16 Mary had followed Jesus everywhere. She had clung to Him and listened to His teaching. And now He had died and was buried in a tomb. When she discovered a few days later that His body was … Continue reading »

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Embracing God’s Plans

In just a few short months, my life has undergone extreme change — leaving my job, my orchestra, and my church to start a new life as a married woman in a new house in a new city and new community. Most of the time I’m loving all the newness, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. … Continue reading »

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God Gives Grace to the Humble

A new school year approaches, and my summer freedom is disappearing. There is always some sadness, but I’m especially excited to teach 4th grade this year. After teaching 5th grade for 5 years, this is a refreshing change. I have also been living alone all summer since my roommate has been a white water rafting … Continue reading »

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I Am Not Alone

I still remember the first time I had to drive past the location of my car accident last winter. Sick to my stomach with anxiety and fear, I sat on the bathroom floor, tears streaming down my face. I texted several friends, seeking comfort and encouragement. It was getting to the point where I was … Continue reading »

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Freedom in Christ

Recently I have been noticing patterns in my anxiety. There seem to be certain situations in which I am more likely to become anxious. In the midst of change and in new situations where things are unfamiliar When I feel like I am not in control (while traveling or when things are not my normal … Continue reading »

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Choose Joy

God is always teaching me to trust Him. Recently, I am comforted by the truth that His precious care for me is reflected in His care for all of His creation, specifically the birds. Curled up with my crocheted blanket on the couch in my bedroom, I sat in silence. My heart turned toward the Lord in … Continue reading »

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God is Looking for Daily Dependence

“God doesn’t want you to be self-reliant; He wants you to ask Him for your daily bread.” -Jim Newheiser So often I feel like I need to be able to please the Lord and live a righteous life in my own strength… and when discover that I can’t, the failure becomes discouraging. But God is not … Continue reading »

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