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no color in this world

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” (John Calvin, 1509-1564) Lush, green blades of grass. Blaze-orange and apple-red autumn leaves. Colors. All colors. Given for … Continue reading

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so we may sing

“Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.” Psalm 90:14 ______________________________________

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enjoyment and happiness (that lasts forever)

“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or … Continue reading

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How to throw a grown-up temper tantrum

I’m quite experienced at grown-up temper tantrums. I’ve thrown quite a few during my adult years. You’re probably surprised by that (if you know me personally) because my pity parties aren’t like lightning storms, loud for all to see. Mine … Continue reading

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Joy that bursts open closed doors

“Joy abides with God, and it comes down from God and embraces spirit, soul, and body; and where this joy has seized a person, there it spreads, there it carries one away, there it bursts open closed doors… The joy … Continue reading

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the promise is not vain

O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be. We don’t often use the word vain in … Continue reading

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When cancer is called cured

I realized on Day 3 that I was subconsciously, yet intentionally, hiding from the world. The news was too vast. Too joyous. If someone asked, how would I speak in such a way as to give God’s unexpected gift the … Continue reading

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present weariness traded for everlasting gladness

“Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely … Continue reading

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satisfy us in the morning

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,     that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 ___________________________

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readied for Christmas

If you live in the U.S., you’re probably full of Thanksgiving turkey, and a “get ready for Christmas” post seems crazy. But. Get ready. And I don’t mean get ready to head out for pre-Christmas sales. I mean ready your … Continue reading

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when joy and prayer are married

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.” I Thess. 5:16-18 When joy and prayer are married their first born child is gratitude. When we joy in God for what we have, and believingly pray to Him for more, … Continue reading

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Armed against the tempter’s hooks

“The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.” (Matthew Henry, 1662-1714)  The tempter prowls about seeking whom … Continue reading

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goodbye October, hello November

My favorite month has officially exited this year’s fall stage. As we say  goodbye to October and hello to November, I keep thinking that October’s blaze-orange pumpkins and fiery-red leaves are meant to teach us. Just as April’s daffodils help … Continue reading

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Deep thirst quenched

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1 No matter the promises from billboards and internet pop-ups and the hundreds of instantly-gratifying enticements the world daily offers, this stands true: As … Continue reading

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A soul made well

When peace, like a  river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, … Continue reading

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