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Finding God’s Presence ~ When God Breaks Through the Canopy of Shadows Surrounding Me

The aged apple tree stretched toward the heavens with its thin, finger-like branches. It grew on the forest’s edge surrounded by pine, oak and hemlocks.

It grew in spite of its conditions, quite obviously a happenstance, a surprise to its forest shadows.

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I watched this tree throughout the seasons — its burst of fresh green in the spring, blossoms like delicate voile against the rough and aged bark. Summer delivered apples red embellishing the forest’s edge with ornamental color and fed the deer grazing below.

And now, as autumn has its last hoorah before winter’s chill, my eye saw something new …

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Where is God When Days Are Long and Nights Are Longer Still

The days had been long. The nights even longer. Deep in my spirit I heard His delicate whisper calling me to come, to be still and remember that He is God.

My heart longed for peace.

My body, weary from a fibromyalgia flare, yearned for strength and energy.

I sat beneath the soft lamplight in the stillness of morning,¬†my Bible in hand.¬† Flipping through its worn pages I found myself drawn to the Psalms. Oh my goodness! What comfort we find in these words of David — his authentic faith wrought with fiery trials, yet proclaiming the faithful promises of God.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ A Prayer for Peace When Clinging Desperately to the Cross

Lord, You are God of the whole earth, the Holy One of Israel. You have provided for us a covenant of peace — perpetual. Never-ending. Never-waivering. Always available for Your child.

Thank You for Your perfect peace that manifests so beautifully in the midst of life’s perfect storms — those times we cling desperately to the Cross. Unemployment. Broken relationships. Prodigal children. Terminal illness. Tragedies. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but You have promised to deliver us out of them all.

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Faith Notes ~ Karen Friday: Finding Hope When Darkness Consumes

Today’s guest on Faith Notes is a dear friend, Karen Friday, affectionately known as Karen Girl Friday. We met on Twitter a few years ago because she is a pastor’s wife and, well … I wrote a book for pastors’ wives. As it turned out Karen is also a writer and speaker, just like me. She has a precious, beautiful spirit fully dedicated to her Lord and delights in sharing hope with others. Be sure to read all the way through — Karen is offering a giveaway for those who subscribe to her blog. I’m sure her testimony will encourage you as it has me, because we are all on this journey of faith together.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Eclipse. When God Commanded the Earth to Be Still

We gathered on the front steps, anticipation filling the air. The peak of the total eclipse was only minutes away — the awe of this historical moment quieted each of us with amazement. The moon’s shadow moved slowly over the ridge covering the afternoon with darkness.

A holy hush fell over our mountain — stillness like I’ve never known before. Ominous. Commanding. A stillness that permeated the heart and soul and mind.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ When Tiny Black Globes Stare Directly Into Mine

It’s said that the eyes are the window to our souls, and though I could not see into his eyes, I had the overwhelming feeling that those tiny black globes were staring directly into mine. Searching. Questioning.

He just hovered there, bobbing up and down, left and right. I gripped my coffee cup and dared not move lest the hummingbird became frightened and darted away from the window. #FindingGodsPresence

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Finding God’s Presence ~ A Prayer When You’re Clinging to The Cross

Thank You for Your abiding presence. I don’t know what I would do without You, Lord. When I am overwhelmed, I find myself clinging to You. When I am afraid, I run to You and find safety. When I have no peace, I remember that You Yourself, are my peace, and You open my eyes to see You.

I know many who are afflicted — who are clinging desperately to the Cross …

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Faith Notes ~ The Heartache of Alzheimer’s

Today’s guest on Faith Notes is a fellow Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas author, Sandra Merville Hart. Sandra is a walking trove of historical facts which comes in handy as she writes award-winning historical fiction. She even offers historical recipes on her website at¬†sandramervillehart.wordpress.com. How fun is that!

Sandra shares about the heartache and helplessness that occurs when a parent has Alzheimer’s. I know many who have suffered this same desperation. I pray that you will find hope, understanding, and encouragement from the words of Sandra’s heart.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Hope Reflected. Healing Reminded.

The preacher spoke of her act of worship, her gesture of humility. He spoke of her offering to the One she loved — how she fell at His feet much like we fall at the foot of the cross to receive His mercy and grace. As the preacher spoke, I felt my spirit stirring within me. The Lord beckoned me to the altar to give Him that which is of utmost worth to me — my broken heart.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ A Prayer to See and Know His Glory

Lord, I give You praise, for You alone are worthy of all praise. The heavens and earth declare Your glory — and so do I. You are magnificent. Wonderful. And holy. And still we can come before You boldly to receive mercy and grace in our time of need. We can run to You as a child runs to her father, leaping into his strong arms for safety, comfort or to share a giggle.

How incredible that is!

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