The Power of Resurrection
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by purposefulfaith
2w ago
Behind every dark cloud still remains — the sun. Below the depths of the earth — are diamonds formed with pressure. Blooming at the first gleam of day — are flowers springing open. Beyond what is seen, God is working in the unseen. Behind darkness is the power of the light of day! It isn’t just coming; it is here! Although the wait, on some days, is long and agonizing… Although it seems we live a thousand Holy Saturdays wondering if Sunday will come… Although there appears to be no light of hope beyond the dark clouds…  Always remember: Good Friday gives way to Resurrection Sunday. Could ..read more
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Are You Suffering Alone?
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by purposefulfaith
2w ago
Are you suffering alone? A moment ago, I wiped a tear from my eye. Dear friends, it feels like I suffer alone today. Maybe some of you, like me, suffer alone today. Maybe you suffer alone because you desperately hope a family member will change, but day after day they do not change. Maybe you suffer alone because you are always lonely. Maybe you suffer alone because your spouse is physically or emotionally missing. Maybe you suffer alone because your BIG hope only belongs to you and you alone; no one understands how you could believe that way. Maybe you suffer alone because no one can relate t ..read more
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A Reviving Prayer for What Looks Dead
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by purposefulfaith
1M ago
Have you ever put your whole heart, your valuable time, and heartfelt effort into something only to see it die right before you? Maybe you were sure that God called you to it… Maybe you trusted God all the way through it… Maybe you did your part in it… …but, nonetheless, it died, flopped, and/or blew up in your face. That can feel so confusing, can’t it? Disorienting. Disillusioning, for sure. I should know. I went all out on a specific project, trusting God all the way, hoping when the going got tough, and praying in the morning. Yet the thing flopped like a pancake. Done. And, dead. This mor ..read more
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Are You Waiting on God?
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by purposefulfaith
1M ago
The text read: “When you get off the plane there will be a cheering committee waiting for you!” Wow, now that’s a thought, and quite a picture, for that matter. I wish there was a cheering committee everywhere I went. Wouldn’t that be fun? I knew, though, this was a unique time. I was the last one to arrive to a specific city amongst a group of other women who got there earlier. They were waiting for me. My plane arrived an hour or so later. When I got there, we would all jet off in a rental car. It was kind of them to wait for me. They didn’t have to. I could have ridden solo. But they did. T ..read more
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What Makes All the Difference
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by purposefulfaith
1M ago
“Shh…” is what my insides wanted to yell to the kids upstairs. The last thing I wanted was for them to mess up my friend’s husband’s Zoom call. He needed quiet. So, we shuttled the kids downstairs. Before long, the hour passed and the man — done with his video that was conducted one flight above the absolute ball the kids were having downstairs — said he was leaving the house. Oh no. Did we wreck his call? Were we too loud? “Bye,” my friend atold him as he headed out the door, adding something like, “I’m glad your Zoom call is done.” He laughed an odd laugh. And at this point, I was sure we’d ..read more
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Don’t Look Back
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by purposefulfaith
2M ago
I misunderstood a person. I condemned someone because I believed a lie. I botched a good relationship. I judged motives and removed relationships. I made rash decisions along the way. Sometimes, I am sad when I look back. Are you? There is a horrible thing that happens when people look back. Remember the story of Lot… God was going to utterly destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness… “At dawn the next day, the angels hurried Lot and his family out of Sodom so they would not be destroyed with the city. When Lot hesitated, “the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of ..read more
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Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
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by purposefulfaith
2M ago
When I read now, I squint. I’d like to tell you it’s because the lights are dim or because I have some super seeing power when squinting, but the reality is my natural reading eyes have gone blurry, with age. Grr.. The other day I was all excited to go into a beautiful boutique (I wish you were with me, by the way). There, I hoped to find some beautiful dress or a unique handbag, but what “got me” was, completely unexpected — reading glasses. Can I just tell you how much these glasses blessed me?! Oh. My. Goodness!!! I can see again! There was so much I didn’t see, because I couldn’t see. And ..read more
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Three Ways to Keep our Eyes on God
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by purposefulfaith
2M ago
Yesterday, my husband and I were in the depths of great discussion about what God was doing. God was revealing some things we needed godly perspective on. He was giving us answers. He was moving. Yet, my eye kept wandering. Why? There was a bug on the wall. It must be a stinkbug, I thought. I considered getting a paper towel to do what I always do, which is to grab it and to relocate it outside. My husband continued to talk. Everything he was saying was important and life-giving for our family, but at the soonest pause in conversation, I hopped up. Instead of continuing to stay in the flow of ..read more
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When You are Waiting on God
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by purposefulfaith
3M ago
Riding in the car, flustered, I called out to God, “Why, God, why? Why does it seem there is a hold back to my life? Why are the dreams of my heart not yet happening? Why have I asked but not received? Why don’t you give me what I need? You own everything!” I launched out some prayerful questions and let them hang in the air, and then mindlessly continued to drive. My mind trailed off… Soon, I was thinking of my kids… Frankly, when they ask for anything my first instinct is to give it to them! You want ice cream? Of course. You love that new toy? I’ll get it for you. You want to go somewhere t ..read more
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Through the Fight, Take Flight
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by purposefulfaith
3M ago
Are you in the fight of your life right now? Are you facing something you can’t bear? Is it hard to access wisdom because the weight is too much? Maybe a boss is so demeaning and demanding you can’t sleep; you lost your job; your child is acting out; your past keeps coming back to haunt you; your health is deteriorating before your eyes… What is detracting joy, peace, and life? Some of you may be turning to God in your situation and asking, Why God, why?” Why is this happening to me? Why is the fight so hard? Why is there so much agony, so much war, so much difficulty? Why does it have to be t ..read more
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