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It’s Not Supposed to Be This Like This

Dear children of the world:
So much has gone on in our world in the last six months. Almost 400,000 deaths from a malicious virus that never should have been, the global economy is tanking, the news is terrifying, it’s getting worse. In the U.S., terrible things have happened to people, the political climate is inciting anything but peace, there is a divide that seems insurmountable.
Just know: it’s not supposed to be like this. It was never supposed to be like this.
There’s a way out. It will take intent, courage, passion, a coming together in a way that we should have been doing all along. It will take feeding hungry people, ministering to the poor, taking care of those who have lost, loving our neighbors, praying for our enemies, and bringing the message of unity that is the Gospel — the good news — the fulfillment of God’s entire plan for ALL of humanity in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua Messiah. It will take embracing that Gospel, living it, being it, actually walking it on this earth so that the fruit of it — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control — is what we exude as a society. And in turn, that will shake the world. And it’s the ONLY thing that will change it.
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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 for about a week now. This morning, though, the butterflies were all over it.

I’m in the process of getting ready to travel to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. I’ll come back and be home for two full days before flying out to the Novelists, Inc., conference. Then, I’ll join my husband Gregg and the boys and head to a conference for Gregg’s occupation. I’ll be home without another trip scheduled for four whole weeks on October 7th.

For me to leave like this, there’s a lot that has to be accomplished:

  • Our publishing company has to be in a paperwork/accounting place that I can leave it for three weeks.
  • I have to get birthday cards written and ready to mail for my birthday club. That means about 30 cards for the next three weeks.
  • I have laundry and housework that needs to be completed. I realize I can leave it undone and my husband and boys will happily take care of it. But, for me to leave in peace and not stress about it, it has to be done. My husband has a full-time demanding job. My absence is already going to add a stressor to their lives. I know an ordered, prepared environment will chill that stress.
  • I need to get bread baked for the week so the boys all have bread.

I have a to-do list a mile long, but those bullet points hit the high marks and the headers. So, my brain is a little frantic. The only thing making me not run around in circles accomplishing nothing at all is knowing I’ll be home for two full days before leaving again, which means I know I have plenty of time to handle the things I didn’t get to finish before I leave Thursday.

As I was walking this morning, three butterflies flying off together like friends made me stop and just enjoy them. I didn’t care that my workout ap blared out the words, “workout paused.” I just looked at the butterflies flying above a field of yellow Kentucky wildflowers and let some calm and peace intrude into my thoughts of lists and responsibilities.

It made me think of Matthew 6:25-34. Christ is telling us not to worry. In verses 26-27, He said:

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

I realize butterflies aren’t birds, but the image brought the verse to mind, and the verse reminded me that God’s got this.

I can pack, I can clean, I can prep an organized home into military precision organization, and I can do it all without absolutely losing my mind with worry over what I won’t be able to accomplish because God’s got this, He has me, and He tells us NOT TO WORRY.

Letting go of the worry and stress gives me more room to look forward to seeing my friends at ACFW in Nashville this week!

Let my butterflies speak to you. Relax. Don’t worry. God’s got you.

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Monday Morning Chat 3/5/18 – My Identity in Christ

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m talking to you about my identity in Christ and how I can use this new discovery I’ve made and let it help me parent my children.

I hope you learn more about me through my response:

 

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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 24

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

24. Persecution

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On the heels of Day 23 and of being thankful for blogging as Hallee the Homemaker for the last four years, doing so, living my life so openly before the world has made me a target. I deal with a string of emails, comments that never get published, Facebook or Twitter messages, and even blog posts that ridicule my ideas, tear down my faith, or outright insult and threaten me. Gregg, in his creation ministry, has especially been a target.

When you live your life in the open, as we do, you open the door for such things. It takes a straight spine, a tough skin, and the words of Christ to help get you through another day of opening emails sometimes.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12

It is part of a Christian walk. It is part of working a ministry, especially a ministry that welcomes and encourages feedback. I’m thankful that I have a ministry invites such insults and persecutions. As the pastor Alistair Begg once said, “If you aren’t being attacked [by Satan] then you’re not doing something right.” I’m also thankful for the encouraging words of Christ to support me through some of the more heinous attacks.

 
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Jesus, Yeshua, God With Us

During the Christmas season, in many households and many communities, the focus is on Jesus — specifically on baby Jesus. While it’s exciting to think about God the Son becoming flesh and dwelling with us, we often focus so much on the infant child and forget the absolute magnitude of Jesus – Yeshua – God With Us. He is almighty and all powerful, and He IS the common thread sewn throughout the Bible.

Our church’s Christmas production focused on the power of the name of Jesus, and the following is pulled from that production. This is one of those that should be printed out and saved – a reminder of the glory of God and the Eternal presence of our Christ.

No Other Name

by: Mike Speck and Cliff Duren

In Genesis: He is Creator – for all things were made by Him.

In Exodus: He is the Deliverer – the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus: He is the Great High Priest – our eternal sacrifice.

In Numbers: Jesus is the Trusted Guide – the cloud in the daytime and the pillar of fire in the darkness of night.

In Deuteronomy: He is the Prophet who is greater than Moses.

In Joshua: He is the Captain of our salvation…the One who leads us into the Promised Land.

In Judges: He is both Judge and Lawgiver.

In Ruth: He is our Kinsman Redeemer.

In Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles: He is the Prophet of the Lord and the Reigning King.

In Ezra: He is the One who fulfills His promises.

In Nehemiah: He is the rebuilder of the broken and torn down walls in our lives.

In Esther: He reveals the providence of God.

In Job: He is our Ever-Living Redeemer.

In Psalms: He is our Shepherd and our Song.

In Proverbs: He is wisdom.

In Ecclesiastes: Jesus in our holy hope.

In Song of Solomon: He’s the Bridegroom, the Ros of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, the Lover of my soul.

In Isaiah: He is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

in Jeremiah & Lamentations: He is the Potter who puts our broken lives back together again.

In Ezekiel: He’s the Watchman of our soul and our High Tower.

Creation: Moonrise, Moon over EarthIn Daniel: He’s the 4th man in the fiery furnace.

In Hosea: He’s the Faithful Forgiver and Everlasting Love.

In Joel: He is the One who pours out His spirit on all flesh.

In Amos: He is our burden bearer.

In Obadiah: He’s our Savior.

In Jonah: He is merciful and full of grace.

In Micah: He is the Ruler called out of Bethlehem.

In Nahum: Jesus is our Avenger.

In Habakkuk: He is the One who justifies by faith.

In Zephaniah: Jesus is the Lord mighty to save.

In Haggai: He is our Stronghold in a day of trouble.

In Zechariah: He is the One whose feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives as King over all the earth.

In Malachi: He’s the Son of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings.

In Matthew: He’s Messiah and King.

In Mark: He’s the Wonder-Worker.

In Luke: He’s the Son of Man.

In John: He’s the Son of God.

In Acts: He’s our Ascended Lord.

Resurrected Jesus ChristIn Romans: He’s our Salvation.

In 1st & 2nd Corinthians: He is Redeemer and the Lord of Glory.

In Galatians: He’s the One who sets us free.

In Ephesians: He’s our Chief Cornerstone.

In Philippians: He’s the God who meets our every need.

In Colossians: He’s the Hope of Glory.

In 1st & 2nd Thessalonians: He’s our Soon-Coming King.

In 1st & 2nd Timothy: He’s the Mediator between God and man.

In Titus: He’s our Great God and Savior.

In Philemon: He’s the Friend that sticks closer than a brother.

In Hebrews: He’s the Blood that washes away my sins.

In James: He’s the Great Physician.

In 1st & 2nd Peter: He’s the Chief Shepherd.

In 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Hohn: He is our Righteousness, Trutyh, and Love.

In Jude: He is the Lord coming with 10,000 saints.

And in Revelation: Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Wherefore God has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That the name of Yeshua (Jesus) every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-10
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