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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Morning Fuel

Gone are the days of waking up and going out to get the morning paper in your fashionable robe while the coffee is brewing then returning inside and pouring a steamy cup of joe while you pore over the daily news.

The Internet is the preferred reading of choice nowadays and, even though I’m a journalist, my morning reading has gone from feeding my humor in the comics section of the local paper to feeding my soul with hearty blogs of people (particularly women) seeking hard after the Lord.

My sister got me started on this little morning snack for the soul and the following are a list of the blogs I check each morning after spending quality time in the Word.

P.S. I do suggest waking up your brain with some light reading before you dive into your Bible reading for the day, that way you don’t have to read one verse 50 times to actually comprehend what it’s saying and you don’t waste valuable time in the Word. I do this by reading Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. (Note: This is a link to the daily devotionals but, while I definitely recommend this book, if you will get distracted on the Internet before getting time alone with God in His Word, I would suggest reading an actual book so as to maintain your heart’s undivided focus.) 



I hope these blogs will encourage you on your walk with our Savior and help you to fall in love with Him more as your hearts are refreshed and you are pushed to the cross.

Real Truth Matters  (shameless plug for the awesome ministry where I am blessed to “work”)

Treasuring Christ (this is my brother-in-law and sister’s ministry… love it, love them. It’s so awesome to see them pursuing God with everything they have and encouraging others to do the same. this blog has something for everyone, male, female, young or old– you won’t be disappointed.)

Every Bitter This is Sweet (my sister introduced me to this blog and I love, love, love it. Sara’s transparency in sharing the ups and downs of daily walking with the Lord, and four adopted children, is beautiful.)

A Holy Experience (Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts, gives us another beautifully written, inspiring and often challenging blog.)

Courtney Veasey (i actually just found this blog yesterday and spent way too much of my afternoon reading entries about what the Lord has taught this seminary student getting ready to leave california.)

Kisses From Katie (the blog of Katie Davis, the 24 year old who moved to uganda at age 19 and has since adopted 14 beautiful ebony-skinned daughters. awesome for perspective and to remember the call to the nations every Christ-follower has.)

Domestick Kingdom (the tagline says it all: applying the Gospel to the mundane.)

Desiring God (there’s not really much to say about this wonderful ministry of John Piper. solid, solid stuff.)

Noel Piper (wife of John, Noel Piper is a tremendous encouragement for women seeking the way of the Lord.)

Lysa Terkeurst (if you want to read something you can relate to, look no further than Lysa Terkeurst. fabulously encouraging and so applicable to daily life.)

Living Proof Ministries (the blog of Beth Moore’s ministry. awesome resource for girls’ ministry and just plain ol’ soul food.)

My Utmost for His Highest (take a fork and knife to this one, you might be chewing for a while. and that’s always a good thing when it’s about our Lord.)

here’s to strengthening our soul with a delicious breakfast (lunch or dinner),

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