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I went along on a fishing adventure with my boys this past weekend, and had so much fun watching Isaak learn his daddy’s fishing tricks.  I watched Jude pretend to be big enough, and then toward the end even grabbed the pole and caught a little fish of my own.  But it reminded me of the little inner conflict I’ve always had with fishing.  As a little girl, I was always a little saddened by the trickery involved in catching a fish. And I can remember really feeling sorry for those little guys.  Obviously that’s probably typical of a little girl’s emotions, but it got my 32 year old brain thinking about an experience I’m working through.  “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.” Matthew 7:15 Fishing is really a mastered art of manipulation, right?!? (I don’t really care about the fishing part of it, I’m using it as an example okay?!)  But anyway, we take the sharp hook and cover it in something delicious (for a fish anyway) and then we dangle it in the water and use our tricks to lure an innocent fish over.  The little guy probably gets so excited wondering what he did to deserve such an unexpected treat.  Until he goes in for the bite – and realizes he was deceived the whole time.  Now he’s got the snack but also has a hook in the side of his mouth.  He is now at the mercy of the one he was just manipulated by.  Will he be the fish who is reeled in only to... read more

calling it out

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 Discouragement is straight from the enemy. It is, it just is. Don’t fall for it, don’t believe it, don’t listen to it! Our God is great and able to remove those feelings and replace them with confidence, joy and peace! If you {with a pure heart} are seeking the heart of God then stand firm when the enemy attacks. We as children of God hold the key, not the enemy. We have the assurance that our battles have been won!!!! That key and the freedom it provides was bought at a great price, so it must be used! God you are good, and holy and worthy of it all. Discouragement has to go!!!!!   Be blessed &... read more

worth it

People are worth investing in, even when our agendas, our calendars and pretty little boxes say otherwise. All financial experts know, the right investment at the right time is what makes all the difference. Same with people… a genuine investment at the right time truly can change so much – a heart, a day, a decision, even eternity. I’m grateful for those who have – over the years – chosen to invest in us, even when it wasn’t necessarily the most convenient… There are several who reached out to us and flat out changed our lives. If you have the ability – Do it!!! Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it. (Prov... read more