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And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”  Exodus 16:2-3 (ESV)

Just as the Israelites did, continuing to live in the past can hold us back.  What the Israelites had in the past kept them in fear and they never made it to the promise land.  They forgot how God provided for them: escape from slavery in Egypt, a path, food, water and directions.

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We all have a past.  If I could, I would go back and change some things. Many things.  I would also love the opportunity to apologize to a few people, but unfortunately I can not.

Glance back at your past ONLY to appreciate how the LORD provided for you and got you through.  Stay there only long enough to thank Him for His provisions.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for guiding me and showing me how my past has shaped me.  Please forgive me for wasting so much time on things from my past that I’m unable to change.  Please forgive me for not being grateful for how You protected me during that time and how You provided for me.  Holy Spirit, please help me to forget the painful and sinful moments of my past, and please remind me not to linger when my mind wanders to my past.  Thank You, for releasing me from bondage and for a new start each day!  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen. 

The One Reason I Quit Teaching

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September means apples, bulletin boards, foliage, name tags, a new class and everything else about going back-to-school! After over thirty years of starting the fall in a classroom, as a student or teacher, I decided to take a break this year. I taught for thirteen years all over Oregon, and it was not an easy decision to take a year off from teaching. We moved from Oregon to Texas and I knew that now was the time to step back. It’s now been two months since school started for the rest of my world, and I have had time reflect upon the decision to change careers. I can now articulate the many things I miss about teaching and the one thing that I do not.

Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. There were moments when I saw myself as a lawyer, a rodeo cowgirl, a photojournalist, a…

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Planned Parenthood: Our Wilberforce Moment

I agree 100% with this article. Christians can no longer be silent.

Josh Howerton

What is happening right now with the Planned Parenthood videos is a “William Wilberforce moment” in our culture. Wilberforce was the Christian man who looked into his Bible, saw that racism and slavery were evil reverse-images of the gospel, and dedicated his life to accomplishing what seemed culturally and politically impossible in late-1700’s Great Britain: the abolition of the slave trade. In a decisive moment that now lives in history, Wilberforce once commanded the floor of British Parliament for over three hours doing nothing but reading gruesome horror-stories of the African slave trade to the men that politically protected its continuation and then concluded with this sentence…

“You may choose to look away, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

– William Wilberforce

On his deathbed in 1833, after a lifetime of being told abolition was impossible, he received word that parliament had passed the Slavery Abolition Bill, granting freedom to all…

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Being Bold in 2014

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My word for 2014 is “bold”.  There are several definitions for this word, but these three define where I feel the LORD is leading me:

1.  courageous, confident, and fearless; ready to take risks
2.  showing or requiring courage
3.  standing out distinctly; conspicuous

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I am reading “The Daniel Plan”.  In the very first chapter, Rick Warren writes how he shared his heart with his entire congregation in how he had been a poor example to them.  Like many in his flock and in America, he was obese and unhealthy.

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I, too, have felt like I have been a poor Christian example because of my weight.  How can I be bold in my witness if I look the way I do?  How does the way I look show a lifestyle that someone else wants to follow?  How am I being a true daughter of the King when I’ve let His temple, my body, get so badly out of shape?

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I am TOTALLY turning my food addiction over to God.  My act of worship will be restoring this temple for His glory—to be used by Him and to point others to Him.  I desire to be a woman who will be bold in her witness, being courageous enough to allow God to have control of her food addiction, so it will be evident to all Whose child she is.