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When It’s Time To Push

Much wisdom in this post by Beth. Sometimes, the biggest breakthroughs come when we keep pushing.

Beth L. Olson

Recently I had a few days where I felt like I was pushing against a brick wall. I had all of these things in my heart to accomplish, and had been working towards them with diligence for many months, when I came to a spot where I smacked into what felt like strong resistance.

As I was driving down the road thinking things through, I passed a middle school football field. That was the moment when I was able to put my jumbled up, frustrated feelings into words. I felt like I had been pushing against one of those blocking sleds they use in football practice.

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Having that picture in my head brought me relief and peace. I realized that I was actually in a good spot. Sometimes to get something off the ground you have to push. Pushing is hard, painful work. The fact that it is time to…

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You May Bend, But You Won’t Break!

Neat Imagery. Powerful Word.

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

ChaleneJohnson_KeyPriorities_PalmTree.jpgGrowing up in Florida, I have experienced many powerful hurricanes.  Depending on their category, these hurricanes can carry very strong winds, some as strong as 156 mph. Watching this kind of power can be very frightening, to say the least!

One thing I’ve always wondered is how palm trees withstand these big, angry storms? While pieces of houses and large trees are tossed around like toys, palm trees are able to survive!  But what’s their secret?

PALM TREES ARE DESIGNED TO BEND!  When the storms come, palm trees can bend quite a lot, EVEN to the point of being horizontal to the ground.  BUT THEY DON’T BREAK! 

During the storm, you might look at the palm tree flattened to the ground and think it’s a goner.  But after the storm passes, the palm tree will be able to stand upright again.  And when the storm is over, the palm…

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Faithful to the Fragmented

Those who have been broken by situations and circumstances will find spiritual encouragement in this author’s post.

A Necessary Pain

Putting refurbished praise to rest, I shovel through the negative emotions, deceptive devices of the enemy, laziness, and distractions and excavate authentic praise. God desires to flow through each of us. He instructed that we are as carboniferous limestones, in that we have permeability. In a spiritual sense, God sees us porous, readily available for Him to permeate through. He is shaping and forming our spiritual selves in the shallow but exceedingly deep waters of our lives.The Author of the Universe desires to flow freely through His people. Researching geology, I was intrigued with the uses and composition of these stones. Interestingly, limestones are comprised of dead aquatic life particles, namely the shells of tiny ocean dwellers.  God already knows that our beings are teeming with dead weight; however, He has various uses for us. These amazing stones are compressed, scorched, produced, and grounded for a myriad of purposes.

“But…

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Surviving the Valley

Encouraging advice for writers, authors, and everyone else who has traveled down the valley of shadows. When we see shadows, we know that light is in the valley too—His light.

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You hear a lot on the writing journey that it’s filled with highs and lows—probably more so in publishing because it’s rapidly changing and I personally wouldn’t consider any part of the industry stable or predictable.

valley-of-fire-1390258_1920The problem is the valley is hard. What exactly do you do? Do you give up writing? How do you readjust to keep your writing career moving forward when seemingly no one wants the words you’re putting on the page?

My writing valley (really—the deep dark hole of despair) started after my first trilogy was published. I worked really hard marketing those books, had great reviews, and two out of three of the books were each nominated for multiple awards. I was even told by my publisher that I was (at one point) their second-bestselling fiction author.

I thought there was no way my next proposal wouldn’t be picked up—by somebody. Well, it wasn’t…

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Beyond Their Ability

Trusting God, Seeing ResultsBeyond Their Ability      

I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own . . . (2 Corinthians 8:3).

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Song: “Give Me Thy Heart”

“You’ll have to borrow the money. It’s the only way you can build the addition you need. Besides, no one can raise that kind of money, especially a little congregation like yours.” As I drove home from my meeting with our district official, I pondered the facts: We had 90 regular attendees, half of them retired people on limited incomes. We didn’t have a building fund or extra money in the bank. Maybe the presbyter was right, but as senior minister I felt awkward putting our church into major debt.

That night, I took up my Bible, looking for direction. Everything I read told me to trust God for a way through this. At the annual business meeting on Sunday, I gave my report and let the church members decide. The vote was unanimous: no borrowing!

Our faith grew as the building fund increased. And . . . two years later we finished our half-million-dollar addition, debt free.

Lord, I am still amazed at what faith and sacrificial giving can accomplish. Your work at Calvary is my inspiration, where You put everything on the line for me. How could I do less? In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.

“Beyond Their Ability” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2009 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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