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How to Give Priceless Gifts For Christmas Day 2

Have you ever received a gift unexpectedly?  Have you ever been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of a true surprise?  What was most endearing about the moment that you realized the gift was for you, or who it was from?  Can you remember details of that day?  Then you remember what it was like to receive the gift for today. A great gift to give is joy! Here are a few ideas on how to wrap up joy and deliver it to an unsuspecting individual. 1.  Write a letter to someone who has brought you joy in your life.  Maybe it…
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Lecrae – Anomaly Tour Reflections

We went to the LeCrae Anomaly Tour  It was phenomenal!   The lights, the show, the music and all of this was NOT at the expense of the message.  He shared different events from his life and how those events shaped him.  He bared some of his wounds and showed some of his scars – so that people would know that Christ is a healer. As he shared his story and God’s story the lights and lasers dazzled the crowd, the DJ hyped up the audience.  The smoke effects made us scream and the whole experience made us dance and…
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Single but… In Debt

I know that it has been said that money can’t buy love, but let me assure you that lack of money can certainly chase love away.  Sonya Britt, a Kansas State University researcher, concluded that, “Arguments about money [are] by far the top predictor of divorce,” she said. “It’s not children, sex, in-laws or anything else. It’s money — for both men and women.”   So, if arguments about money are the top predictor of divorce, are you paying enough attention to your financial outlook while you are single?  That Proverbs 31 woman, who most often puts me to shame,…
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The One God Kept for Me.

This song was on my heart this morning as I prayed for my Single Sisters.  The lyrics say: The one I’ve waited for /My love’s design /The one He kept for me /Until it was time The one that I dreamed about /The one I can’t live without /The one He kept for me /Until it was time I put my hand in yours /Now and forevermore /Just put your faith in me /I will be all that you need I’d pray and wait for you /So patiently /And now He’s blessed our love /For eternity The one I was praying for /The one…
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We Have Issues

Here is the truth: we have issues.  Our yard is not perfect!  In our lawn there are patches where rocks have assembled themselves and decided to protest the greenery that used to reside there.  The rocks won – in two little places.  One patch forms an oblong oval and the other   little circle has sprouts of grass reminiscent of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Both patches are ugly and take away from the overall look of the otherwise nice lawn (which my husband and father planted all on their own.)  Because of these two patches we have had to…
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Single but… Do I Have to Get Along With Other Women?

Marrying the man of your dreams means that you will have to deal with the women attached to him.  His mom, his sisters, possibly his exes… it can be difficult – especially if they have “issues”.  Dealing with broken women can be a momentous task.  This is what to do when God allows you to see the ugly side of the issues deal with on the inside.  Pray.  Usually when broken women deal with others, they are attempting to evoke the brokenness inside of you with their actions.  Surprise the devil with the shield of faith.  Even when you feel…
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Single but… Holding on (Part 8)

Sand castles can be large.  Sand castles can be small.   Some can resemble real castles, fictional characters, famous structures and take on many shapes and sizes, but at the end of the day, no matter how elaborate…all sandcastles are temporary. Here are three things we can learn about relationships from sandcastles. 1.  Sandcastles are temporary – You can built them, pack them, shape them – but when force is exerted on it, it will fall.  Whether the force is wind, or rain, or water, or time it will fall.  It was never meant to be permanent, and everybody knew that….
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Single but… Praying Tough Prayers (Part 7)

  My friend was sharing with a group of us her frustrations about being single.  “I don’t even know what  I’m supposed to be praying for, and I hate when people say just pray and wait on God.”  She was joking but I could sense the frustration underneath.   In speaking with my husband about her comments we talked about what we wished we would have prayed for before we got married, and here it is.    We want to share some practical tips about prayer that will prepare your heart for what God wants to do for you and through…
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Single but… I NEED HEALING (PART 6)

We don’t always understand the reason we go through terrible relationships.  Some leave emotional scars, while others leave gaping gashes and terrible wounds.  When we experience something awful one thing is for sure – healing is needed.  I love that Jesus Christ is able and willing to set us free from the memories and wounds that attempt to hold us prisoner.  When people would flippantly suggest to me, “Give it to Jesus,” I would not my head and smile through the tears but my heart was screaming out, “HOW?”  Hang with me to learn HOW TO HAND IT OVER TO…
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Single but…Moving In? (Part 5)

Our family used to live in an apartment building in the cross section of two suburbs of Cleveland.  When we moved there the building was very nice.  The clientele were respectable people.  There were some grad students, some doctors from a nearby hospital, some senior citizens, and a few young families like us.  The apartments were a great size even though it was a bit pricey, the atmosphere was conducive to the money.  But then they had a move in special…  (Long – drawn out  – dramatic – Siiiiiiiigh) In the matter of a couple of months the building experienced…
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