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My book, No Easy Answers, Learning to Accept My Perfect Weakness, is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com. I pray the devotions will bless and encourage you. Please let me know what you think!

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Letting Go

I fell in love with the beach when I first moved to Los Angeles. I was lucky to live only minutes from our favorite spot. Norman and I would get there early, just after sunrise on most mornings. We’d walk the shoreline, talking and sharing our dreams.

I liked to go early because of the low tide and the abundance of seashells and smooth stones I found. Sometimes, I wanted to keep a shell because of its color or shape. I didn’t care if it was cracked or not complete. But Norman always liked to look for complete shells. We also had different preferences on the rocks. I liked the smooth ones with unique shapes. Norm liked round ones with deep colors.

If I asked Norm, “Should I keep this one?”

He would usually respond, “No, let’s keep looking.”

Although I trusted his judgment, I had a tough time letting go of the pieces I found. Norm was usually right and as we continued down the shore, we would find a better shell or rock.

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GRATITUDE

Trusting God’s Provision

“We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (Numbers 11:5-6 NIV)

 

For the past few months, I’ve been adjusting. Yes, this COVID-19 pandemic keeps me inside more than before, so I need to find a way to see this change as a blessing. As a new adventure on this God given journey.

However, I never thought moving to a new city would uncover the selfishness and ungratefulness in my heart.

Our new home in Nevada is the exact opposite of our home in California. Although the ocean is far away, beautiful mountains take its place. The air is drier, but brilliant sunshine wakes me each morning, just like it did in California.

It’s quieter here and life moves at a much slower pace. I notice people going about their daily lives with less fear, anxiety, and anger. Some days it seems like we are in a bubble.

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Gratitude

Losing a Friend Is Not Easy

Have you ever ended a friendship? Made the decision to stop interacting with someone who was once considered family? What pushes us to the point where reconciliation is not an option? For me, it was a painful decision that I made several years ago.

When I think about the pain that led to the split, it makes me question the validity of our friendship.

GRATITUDE

Hope for Healing

 

Our city, like most of the world, has had severe restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 virus. Most of my neighbors are home, and I am getting used to the noise that comes with it. I live with chronic pain and illness, and I am comfortable being home. At first, I felt isolated, but now it is not an issue for me.

It is nice to spend time with my family. It brings back memories of the days when my children were small. Now, I’m blessed to enjoy their company and friendship. Most of our time together is pleasant, but this morning, I feel like I’m in double isolation.

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GRATITUDE

Learning to Let Go of Fear

It’s not easy to let go of fear in times like these. Everywhere I turn, there’s news and statistics on this COVID-19/Coronavirus. In Matthew 24,Jesus talks about days of great tribulation. And in Revelation 6, John sees horror on the earth – death, plagues, famines. It feels like we are in the midst of these days that are listed in the Bible.

And even though the Bible tells me not to worry, I still find myself worried about this new virus. I see a report and ask myself what will happen if I get sick? It takes me three times longer than the average person to recover from the flu. Fatigue is a normal part of my day, and if this new illness brings additional fatigue with it, what will that do to my body? I sense the fear enveloping me and pray for peace and hope and strength to get through these uncertain days. Continue reading