Category Archives: Devotional Writings

Don’t, Do, and a Promise

Notice the ellipsis at the end of that verse. It is only half the sentence. Beyond “don’t do this thing that is in human nature and do this thing that you have to consciously do all the time thanksgiving in your heart even if times are really super hard,” there is the promise of a beautiful gift. Continue reading

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Observing a Daniel Fast

Starting January 2, my husband and I will begin a 21-day observance of “The Daniel Fast”. I want to detox my body and focus on God. I’m using the fast to strengthen both my body and my spirit.
In observing the diet we will eat only vegetables, fruits, and unleavened bread that does not contain any ingredient that is not made directly from a vegetable or fruit. For instance, I am going to make tortillas out of fresh ground flour and olive oil (instead of shortening or beef tallow). When I make a salad, I’ll flavor it with olive oil (cold pressed) and lemon juice. We will eat only whole grains (brown rice vs. white rice). We will only drink water. We call it “vegan extreme”.
We do this fast annually, and it is so rejuvenating to both my body and spirit that I start looking forward to it weeks in advance. This year, I feel led to share with you my menus for the fast as well as recipes, hints, tricks, and insights I receive as I fast and pray. Continue reading

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Rejoicing Always, Praying Without Ceasing, Being Thankful in Everything

It’s easy to read that verse today. Rejoice ALWAYS. Pray WITHOUT CEASING. IN EVERYTHING give thanks.

But the fact is, there are times in life when this verse is impossible to comprehend. Some of you are reading this now thinking, “No way.”

I understand. I’ve been there. Continue reading

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Devotion: Let the Butterflies Remind You

Despite the fact that today will have a high of ninety degrees, autumn is starting to bloom around me in Kentucky. This morning, on my walk/run with the dogs, I passed this field of Coreopsis. It’s been in full bloom … Continue reading

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Devotion: Loving and Serving God

Even though I’ve done so much study for years and years, but I had a new revelation last week.

Don’t you just love it when God does that? Continue reading

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The Beauty of the Brown Eyed Susan

We all have been given something very special by God, something that He has endowed upon us to use to serve Him, to serve our neighbor, to take care of those who are in need, to encourage others, to teach others — something given to us to use as God needs it used.

Oftentimes, we feel unimportant, plain, boring, less than that person or this person. Not as beautiful, not as delicate, not as smart, not as graceful. Our brains get flooded with less than thoughts that bring us down and make us afraid to use this gift from God because we’re afraid we’re not good enough. Continue reading

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