Sandcastle Security

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“But you did not depend on Him who made it, nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.” Isaiah 22:11 When I was young I often went to the beach in southern California. There I would spend the day enjoying the sunshine, the ocean, sand and beauty related to those things. […]

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Pinwheels or Windmills

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Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:11-12 I was sitting in […]

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Empty Stockings

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“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how […]

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The Gift Of Undesignated Space

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“Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land. The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing: ‘Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants. A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of […]

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Acknowledging My Limitations

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“Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.” Ecclesiates 5:7 “…then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend […]

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“All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.” Ecclesiates 3:20 I don’t love cleaning the house. It is something I find mundane and ordinary. It involves expending energy I would love to apply elsewhere. Usually I can come up with a million excuses to procrastinate cleaning the house. […]

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“You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” Psalm 145:16 I find myself often going into our pantry looking for something on which to snack. It seems snacking is different than a full-blown meal. It is the in between moment when whatever we previously ate or the thought of the next […]

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The Gift Of Collaborators

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“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor…” Ecclesiates 4:9 Asking for help is not something I do easily. It seems I’d much prefer wandering around helpless and stuck than to actually ask for help. In fact, I like to be the one offering help rather than receiving help. […]

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Stepping Into God’s Presence

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Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and […]

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The Formative Pressure Of Love

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I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. Psalm 89:32-33 I have a guitar that hangs in a display case in my study. It is a testament to roughly fourteen years spent building a guitar. […]

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