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SPIRITUAL SPARKLE

A New Creation in Christ

If you live in Texas like I do where it’s hot and humid during the summer months, you’ll see plenty of little green lizards this time of year. They are called anoles (pronounced “ah-no-lee”). The other day, I noticed one …

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The Dangerous Deception of Yoga

Choosing to make my life career in the fitness industry increased my curiosity to experience nearly every form of exercise over the past three decades. I especially enjoy teaching water fitness and strength training classes for the young and fit …

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Perfect Provision for our Daily Bread

Several years ago, Michael and I took a memorable walking tour of Provence and the French Riviera. Strolling through lavender fields, taking cliffside walks overlooking the Mediterranean, and meandering down narrow, cobblestone streets awakened all of our senses. I especially …

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God’s Character Revealed

What a wonderful summer getaway we had this past week! Michael and I took a long road trip to Nashville to see family and on the way there, we made a two-day stop at a destination neither of us had …

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Abide to Thrive

It was the weekend for bulk trash pick up. The signs were out reminding everyone that time was almost up to finish any left-to-the-last-minute yard work for dead limbs, wilting plants, and grass clippings to be hauled away. I noticed …

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Embracing the Zigzags of Life

A peculiar sight caught my eye the other day as I was walking past a clump of tall grasses. I noticed a spider sitting quietly in the middle of its web which was created with a unique zigzag pattern. Never …

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The Personal Goodness of God

Have you ever experienced a season in your life when you are ultra aware of the goodness of God? You’ve probably received a gift where little thought was put into it, perhaps because the giver didn’t know you very well …

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Happiness through Holiness

Have you ever heard the expression, “God is more interested in your holiness than your happiness?” I heard it the other day for the first time and it intrigued me enough to look into seeing what the Bible says about …

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God’s Grace in Bloom

I am so enjoying my walks lately as spring is coming into full bloom more and more every day! I snapped some photos of the vibrant flowers I spotted recently and it wasn’t until later that I realized how beautifully …

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Making Time for the Rhythm of Rest

Ahhhh. A whole day to simply rest. No errands to run, no chores to do, no work to catch up on. How often does that happen for you? Most of us stay so busy that we don’t ever take advantage …

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Leaving a Lasting Impression on my Heart

A decade has quickly come and gone since my beautiful Mama left this earth, moving to her forever Home in heaven. I can hardly wrap my mind around how fast time has flown since that dark day of heavy sadness …

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Treats for the Heart: Dark Chocolate and Intimacy with God

I admit, I’m a bit of a chocoholic. Dark chocolate, that is. I’m thankful my taste buds prefer the dark variety with at least 70% cocoa which happens to be the healthiest, giving me zero guilt when consuming a bite …

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Routine is Essential for Vibrant Health

A few days of freezing temps and ice on the roads kept many of us homebound last week. I was grateful the “staycation” did not continue as long as the one we experienced last February which included a horrific electric …

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Made to Grow

A sweet friend of mine knows how much I love plants and gave me a little flower pot with the word GROW etched on it. I didn’t waste any time filling it with dirt and a mini succulent to decorate …

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Stamped with “Forever”

There were only a couple of days left before the end of a turbulent ride through 2021. But before I could breathe a final sigh of relief, I lost a very dear friend. Brenda had battled several types of metastatic …

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