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My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; they have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place. (Jeremiah 50:6, NKJV) History is a great teacher, but we don’t always allow ourselves to learn from it. As I read the stories of the Old Testament, I sometimes shake my head and think—They did it again! They forgot God and turned to the false gods of the surrounding nations. God, in His patience, gave the Israelites many opportunities to come back to Him, but they soon…

1 Peter 5:6-7, Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Stress. Just the word alone has connotations that evoke a sense of worry. Many of us, especially if you’re a woman, like to be in control. For instance, if someone is creating havoc in our life, then“they need to change.” Without ill intentions, we may begin to manipulate a situation—we think, “If I’m nice to that person who is causing me stress, maybe they won’t be critical of me anymore.” When we allow…

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, English Standard Version) We have all just gone through, and perhaps are still going through, unusual never-before-experienced times. For weeks it seems as though someone hit the pause button and life as we knew it came to a halt. Now things are slowly returning to normal—whatever that means. Just this morning I picked up a magazine with “The New Normal” splashed across the front. When I opened my inbox, the subject line on an email from a…