Relational Rifts

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We all have broken relationships.

Genesis 42 describes family drama of biblical proportions! Joseph’s brothers had wanted to kill him and had succeeded in getting him sold into slavery.

Twenty years later, he stands as the second most powerful man in Egypt holding the fate of his brothers in his hands. This isn’t your garden variety family drama!

Joseph is a man who has faithfully trusted the Lord at each unimaginable turn in his life.

Joseph’s plan isn’t revenge; it’s reconciliation. So remember no matter how bad things seem, our God is a God of restoration.

His process may be long and painful, but His plans are perfect.

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A Slow Leak

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“Oh no!!” my husband moaned as he opened the refrigerator. Yeah, that’s never good.

I turned the corner and said, “What’s wrong?” He pulled a half-empty Gatorade bottle from the fridge. Apparently it had a crack in it. A crack too small to notice. And over the last days or maybe weeks, it had slowly been dripping yellow juice that had puddled and run down several shelves.

The problem was the bottle was in the back, and we just didn’t notice until it was too late.

You may have experienced something like that before, those little surprises that seem to come out of nowhere.

Sin is like that leaky sports drink. If we aren’t careful, small cracks leave huge messes over time. But like that bottle, the signs are there from the very beginning if we pay attention.

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Alone with Lies

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The more alone we get with lies, the more confused we become.

Satan wants us alone. Alone with our tangled thoughts. Alone with his whispered lies that start to sound like truth. Separated from the people who could speak courage into our deep places, struggling with discouragement and defeat.

The enemy knows if he can isolate us, he can intimidate us. Confuse us. Deceive us. And ultimately, make us believe that the safer paths in life are ones apart from God and our friends who serve Him.

That’s why we need to stay connected to our friends who speak truth. We need to reach out to them. Listen to them. And let them lead us back to God time and time again.

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Slaying the Giants

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Before he was king, David was a giant slayer.

Did you know the giants didn’t stay defeated? Nope, years later, 2 Samuel 21 says: “Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel.”

Even though David defeated Goliath, the giants came back! Can you imagine the frustration to face the same enemy again? Well, yeah, I can. And I bet you can too.

But there is good news.

Jesus has conquered sin and the grave, and we are victorious. Friend, no matter your battle, you won’t die on this field. You’ll live to fight another day. Until that one glorious day, when we see Jesus face to face and lay down our swords and crowns at His feet.

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Stopping Sin in Its Tracks

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We all struggle with sin.

We don’t like to acknowledge it. We’d rather hide it. But eventually we must confront our sins, or we’ll become consumed by them.

Sin feeds a dangerous cycle of misplaced desire, defiance, disobedience and destruction in our lives. We desire something that goes against God’s instruction. We become defiant in our hearts against God’s best.

In disobedience, we sin. And then we usher in the destruction that always accompanies sin. When we give in to sin, we sign up for eventual suffering.

So how do we stop sin dead in its tracks? We humbly surrender our hearts daily to God and we pray, “God I place my desires before You and ask that You show me if any of these could lead to sin. I only want Your best for my life.”

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Jesus Didn’t Rush

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I recently stood at my kitchen sink and cried.

I was exhausted and knew I needed to slow down, but I had so much to do. I knew the exact person I needed to look to for advice: Jesus!

Jesus really knew what pressure was. Crowds demanded sermons. The disciples wanted leadership, and the religious leaders wanted answers. There was an entire world to save with such limited time.

Yet, Jesus didn’t rush. He went out of His way to talk to the woman at the well and reach his hand out to the leper. He chose to make connection and compassion his priorities. He stayed unrushed by prioritizing loving on people.

The Savior of the world didn’t rush, so neither should I.

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Boys Will Be Boys

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The last time my boys and the neighborhood kids got together, they decided to have a mud war.

I’m not sure I can adequately describe exactly what my boys looked like when they came home. They were covered in mud. It was everywhere. In their ears. In their eyebrows. Under their fingernails.

After I hosed them down and sent them in to take a shower, Cooper, my oldest, said, “Mom that was so fun, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to get all the mud out.”

Sin is the same way. We can get caught up in something that seems innocent and fun. But the hard work usually comes when we have to start dealing with the consequences of our messy choices. And just like a mud war, sin makes our lives dirty and always leaves a stain.

And that’s a life lesson from my 11-year-old.

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Rules of the Game

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“Mom, that’s not how I want to play. I don’t like that rule.”

That’s what Tate, my youngest son who was five at the time, said when I was trying to play a board game with him.

In little kid logic, Tate decided he would just ignore the rules he didn’t like. This may seem innocent enough for a kid, but not so much for an adult. I want to win at this thing called the Christian life, but if I’m completely honest, occasionally I run across one of God’s laws that just makes winning a bit harder for me.

Here’s the lesson Tate is learning, and that I know but don’t always practice. It’s no fun winning if you break the rules, and we have far more at stake than just winning a game. We are here to show the world the glory of our incomparable God! Now that’s #winning!

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Puppy Problems

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Our boys had been asking us for a puppy for over a year.

We had told the boys over and over again how much work puppies were. They would take a lot of time and attention. But eventually, Chad and I gave in and surprised the boys with two cute beagles on Christmas morning.

About 10 days later, Dylan said, “Mom, you weren’t kidding about the puppies. They are a ton of work, and I just need some ‘me’ time.”

Chad and I knew having puppies would develop perseverance and discipline in our boys.  Virtues that they, nor you and I, usually develop on our own.

Do you have something in your life right now that feels like more than you bargained for? I do. But, I’m betting God has some long-term goals for every gift He brings into our lives.

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Middle School Wisdom

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“Mom, it’s just not working. I keep practicing and practicing, but I’m not getting better.”

One evening after finishing basketball practice, Cooper confessed that he had hoped to see immediate results for all his hard work.

Man, I get that. Don’t you? I want to study God’s word, learn some helpful principles and see immediate change in my spiritual life! I want to stop falling into the same traps. I want to offer a bit of hard work and reap a lot of reward!

Basketball mastery and spiritual maturity don’t happen over night.

I told Coop that the benefit of his practice and dedication show up when we least expect it. Do you want to see improvement in your spiritual life? Stay committed and keep showing up. Stick with it.

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