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Love the Lord 

What is love?  The Bible tells us that God is love.  Love is a noun and a verb.  Love is what keeps us on the right path.  Love never fails.  At the very core of who we are, we need to know that we are loved.  God created us this way - to be in relationship with Him.  The funny thing about love is we experience it more when we show it to others, especially God!  So today let your heart, soul, mind, and strength LOVE THE LORD.  After all, He is our Everything!  Blessings!

Going All In 

So have you ever heard the phrase, "God opens doors that no man can shut?"  That is where we are right now.  A door opened that seemed good, but the Lord shut it.  Our prayer was, "Lord, if this not what you would have me (Joan) do, then please shut the door."  That is what He did.  Brad and I are in a new season.  The season of possibilities.  We are both in uncharted territory, having known what to expect from past experiences.  In this moment of our lives, we are hearing Him say, "Trust me.  I've got this."  So, here we are Lord.  We are going All In, just like the song Matthew West sings.  We would appreciate your prayers.  Blessings!

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Storms of Life 

Last night, we had a series of thunderstorms that were, at times, very frightful.  Our dog, Jazzy is definitely NOT a fan of thunderstorms.  We had to nurse her through the worst of them with patience through sleep deprived eyes.  Today at our church service, one of the members shared a poem that somehow corresponded with the events of the evening (see the photo below).  We all experience storms in our lives.  Some of them are temporary, passing through within a number of hours or days.  Some of the storms last a lot longer.  One thing we know for sure is that our God is with us through it all!  He is always there for us!  Praying that you are sensing God's presence in your life in whatever storm you are going through.

Today 

Greetings to you on this beautiful day.  This morning, I (Joan) took a bike ride with Brad in our neighborhood.  Brad is a very accomplished bicyclist and I am not.  I am out of shape and not afraid to admit it.  Brad usually rides 20+ miles on an average day.  Me?  Today, I rode 6 miles today, huffing and puffing all along the way.  I have to give credit to my wonderful husband.  He never left my side and was constantly encouraging me to keep going.  The Lord is like this with us.  He constantly tells us He will never leave or forsake us.  And just about the time we are ready to give up, He gently pushes us to go deeper with Him.

Search Our Hearts 

Why are we believers?  Is it to make us feel happy and blessed? No, but we are happy and blessed in the Lord.  The reason we are believers is to shine the light of Jesus so that others may see Him in us.  Our heart cry should be, “Lord, search my heart and cleanse me of all unrighteousness.” Joan and Brad