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I recognize Christ in His Eyes Set Against His Ebony Skin

Passion flowed from his lips. Anguish. Desperation. Desire to evoke change.

Behind him throngs of multi-colored skin shouted. Some cried. Some clung to each other for courage as the amber glow of flames lit up the night sky while blasts of tear gas exploded and the harsh pops of firecrackers sprinkled more anger in the darkness of the city streets.

But this young man — he touched my heart.

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Neglected Geranium, Crusty Soil, and Life Restored

My geranium sat neglected. Difficult life circumstances had taken priority and now the once lush and bountiful geranium looked … sad. Yellowed leaves edged in crumbly brown. Flowers, once plentiful, now barely raised their heads in search of their missing container-mates.

The soil had become crusty. Hard. Void of life-sustaining nutrients.

Much like a child of God finding herself in a desert wilderness at the base of the mountain, rather than soaring from its peak.

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A Prayer When Things Are Looking Up … All But My Thoughts!

Lord, I’m so thankful for You. You are perfect in all your ways. Your timing can be trusted, Your purposes accomplished in Your strength. I rejoice in the knowledge of Your love.

Thank You for shining Your light in the darkness of my circumstances where I can find Your hidden, eternal purposes. I am encouraged to know You are using my brokenness for Your glory.

My spirit knows this but my flesh is battling moments of weakness.

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The Sacred Place of Dwelling, The Secret Place of Grace

I curled up on the end of our couch sipping hot coffee on that chilly May morning — gathering my thoughts, resting in the Lord … being still and remembering that He is God, and pondering His Secret Place. I’ve often sought understanding of this sacred place found in the shadow of His Presence.

It was a simple moment, but a holy one.

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A Prayer When the Hand of Our Potter is Applying Pressure

Lord, there’s a whole lot of shaping and molding going on in my life right now. I know this has purpose, but it sure is uncomfortable! I’m thankful You have taught me to recognize the pressure from Your hands — the hands of my Potter.

For You are the Potter and I am but clay.

I want to be pliable in Your hands.

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A Grapevine and The Pursuit of Faith

Spring rains brought on a growth spurt in my old grapevine. While gardening Saturday evening I noticed an offshoot making its way up the nearby apple tree. Ringlets of vine — tendrils — spiraled around tree branches as it climbed, securing the vine before venturing farther on its pursuit of strength and growth.

I paid attention to the climbing.

Higher and higher, stretching toward the heavens.

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Stuck in the Familiar and Afraid to Let Go

The child dangled from a large tree limb, legs flailing, tongue wailing. She was stuck and terrified of dangling so far above the ground — terrified even more of letting go to slip into her father’s arms flung outstretched beneath her. Her saga on the limb, though dangerous, was a sure thing, even if she didn’t like it — though she dangled, her grasp was strong and the limb sturdy.

But she was stuck and afraid.

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A Prayer When My Insufficiency Needs an All-Sufficient God

Lord, what a mighty God You are! You are who You say You are. You do what You say You will do. Your promises are true. And the incredible wonder is that my insufficiency loses its power over me in the presence of Your glory.

You are El Shaddai — the All-Sufficient God.

My need is Your heart’s desire.

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