Author Archives: heartcalm7

New beginnings

As we begin the new year, we have the pleasure of leaving behind us previous hurts and mistakes (hopefully learning from them) and looking ahead to what sort of new life God has in store for us. “Do not call … Continue reading

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“Those who sit in darkness . . .”

Our painful circumstances feel more acute this time of year, when others seem to be so happy and light-hearted.  Our present and future seem dreadful.  Job, who suffered (he thought) so senselessly, felt his pain more acutely, not knowing the … Continue reading

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Cleaning House

Judah’s King Josiah ordered the Temple, long neglected and run-down, to be repaired.  In the process, the High Priest Hilkiah found the Book of the Law, also badly neglected and ignored.  Scribe Shaphan read from the book aloud to the … Continue reading

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Spectrum of God’s Gifts

I am awestruck at certain times of the day when, to my delight, the sun’s rays burst into a rainbow of colors passing through borders of beveled glass in decorative windows in our house.  It moves me to worship. Visible … Continue reading

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Our Invisible Harvest

Jesus sent seventy of His disciples out ahead of Him, to where He Himself would subsequently go.  They were to speak good news to those they met there, “that the kingdom of God has come near.”  They were to bring … Continue reading

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Contentment

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;   Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.                 … Continue reading

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Building up one another

O God, give me Your tender heart for the multitudes around me.  You looked at them “and had compassion on them, for they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.”  (Matthew 9:36)  You prayed over Jerusalem with a … Continue reading

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