THE CORRAL

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I remember when I was a teen, a crazy one at that! My parents and my home felt like a corral from which I wanted to break free. I wanted to be independent and live out in the world that I just new was waiting for me. And I did just that; rarely looking back, feeling like I could finally breathe.

And now decades later, after my education, my job, my marriage, and having my kids, I often long for home. I want to hear my parents’ stories and laugh with my brother and his family. Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband with all my heart and the life we are living. But there’s just something about “going home” to the corral that contains unconditional love, comfort and security. It’s where the family gets together and the new generation of kids roam free.

I thank God for these visits, because all too quickly they become mere cherished memories. And as we pull out of the driveway to return to the life that I set out to build so long ago, I look out my window back at that corral that once kept me contained… I shed a gentle deep kind of cry. That corral means the world to me. I think to myself, why ever did I want to leave?

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Blessed After a Mess

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Many people know and talk about Job’s hardships and sufferings. But did you know there is a happy ending?

JOB 42:12-17 NIV
The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters… Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters [so he had to have a beautiful wife, right?] and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years.

In order to have hope during times of difficulty, we must exercise our faith, pray, and look past our present circumstances. We must look forward to what the Lord has planned for our future.

JAMES 5:11 NIV
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

The enemy will try to steal your faith and suffocate your hope with hardships. But much like Job, the Lord will protect you and bring about blessings in your life if only you look to Him. After the enemy attacks, God may not restore only what you have lost, but like Job, give you twice what you had before.

All circumstances are temporary. Try to keep your focus on God. He is always working and things will change. Trust in Him! Even in hardship, rejoice in Him! Through your faith, have hope in knowing there will in deed be a better tomorrow.

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Live Your Purpose

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God created each one of us with a unique purpose. Find your purpose, live your purpose, and you will find your joy.

“If you have felt hopeless, hold on! Wonderful changes are going to happen in your life as you begin to live it on purpose.”

Rick Warren:
The Purpose Driven Life

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Fear & Hiding or Faith & Freedom?

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Are you missing out on life experiences, relationships and your dreams because your fear of “what if’s” is bigger than your faith in “God’s will”?

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Ann Lander’s poem:
To laugh
is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep
is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another
is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings
is to risk rejection.
To place your dreams before a crowd
is to risk ridicule.
To love
is to risk not being loved in return.
To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds
is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken
because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person,
who risks nothing,
does nothing,
has nothing,
and is nothing.
He may avoid suffering or sorrow,
but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or love.
Chained by his certitudes,
he is a slave.
Only a person who takes risks
is free.

I would only add that with God, all things are possible. You can choose fear and hide or you can choose faith and be free. You decide.

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Small is Great and Noble

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Whatever you have, whatever you do, make it count.

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Never underestimate your ability to make the world a better place. What may seem mundane to you can build up the soul of another. Whether it is a small note in your child’s lunch, serving a hot meal to your family, a quick “hello, how’s it going?” with your neighbor, a random “I love you” text to your honey… It all counts in big ways and it will be returned to you. Doing what you do every day with an engaged and loving heart will unleash your greatness and will become your joy.

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 ESV)