Labor Pains of Life RSS

By nature, I am a worry wart. Perhaps, if we are honest, we have all sailed that ship from time to time. But the truth is that worry does. not. change. a. thing. (although I confess, I have wondered if perhaps the worry did help this or that situation turn out okay.) I mean who can REALLY answer that? But God is gentle and kind, and faithfully reminds me that He's got this. I can stop, let it go, and allow my heart to soar in freedom. His promise to me, to all of us today, is this: Do Not...

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"Gank oo, Wowa!" One year old's eyes nearly danced in his head with the sheer joy of life. And my heart turned into puddles of swelling love for this man child. He is a wild child, full on power and might, running headlong with no thought of consequences. His sweet words to me came easily, as though thankfulness was second nature, as I lifted him into the "wing" so he could soar to his heart's content into the "guy". I wondered, as I often do, how I got to be so blessed. But, of course, to be fair, this heart...

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How you made them feel. Children do not need much to bring the joy into their eyes. But then, unfortunately, it is just as simple to crush the sparkle. One hasty word, one thoughtless glare, one tired sigh can suck the joy dry in a flash. I have had the honored privilege to have a front row seat in a lot of children's lives, and always, always I am amazed how little it takes to bless a child. A smile. An encouraging high-five, letting them help when it would be so much easier to do it yourself, stopping to listen...

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I can not do this. Life. I am unable. I can not breathe. I can not go forth. But.. Wait. Glorious news!! God is big enough. I can finish the race because God is big enough. When nothing works, and all is dark, and it can't be done. God is big enough. I can run the race because God is big enough. God is big enough, and that is enough. Saturate your soul today with that.

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"Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12-14 (AMP) Rather than sinking...

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