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SPIRITUAL SPARKLE

God’s Presence Revealed

As we enter into this week of Thanksgiving, I am overwhelmed with a grateful heart for the many ways God reveals His presence and how very near He is to us. What an incredible gift to be able to know …

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Are You Teachable?

Life is all about learning. If you’ve ever been around a young child for very long, you have probably heard them ask a lot of questions such as, Why is the sky blue? Where do babies come from? How do …

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Don’t Follow Your Heart

Have you ever faced a really tough decision and were given the advice to “follow your heart?” If you haven’t, you’ve probably heard it said. It’s a creed believed by millions and proclaimed in many of our story books, songs, …

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Set Apart to Walk in Holiness

There’s nothing like sipping a cup of fresh, dark roast coffee poured into pre-frothed vanilla almond milk creamer. This is my morning routine I’ve had for years, using the same coffee cup every single day. It’s the perfect shape and …

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The Privilege of Prayer

Have you ever thought about what an amazing privilege it is to talk to God, the Creator of the universe? What is even more amazing is that He listens to us! I was blessed to grow up in a home …

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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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