God Is into the Details

Have you ever known that God would provide something for you, but you weren’t sure of the details? How would He do it? When? How much were you supposed to do to help things move along? Did He just want you to wait? Details, details.

After a walk through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., I am even more convinced that God is into the details of our lives. I saw minerals that boasted an array of spectacular colors—rose pink, turquoise, deep royal blue, transparent yellow. I held curious butterflies and was mesmerized by their fragile, spotted wings. I walked through halls displaying skeletons of numerous animals, showing God’s handiwork in piecing together living beings, giving them flexibility where they needed it and rigidity as well.

Details. God loves details.

 

 

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The Girl with Hazel Eyes – A Guest Post by Beckie Lindsey

Katy here. Today I have the privilege of sharing with you an award-winning poem and the story behind it. Can you relate to the poem below? May your heart be blessed and your dreams renewed.

The Girl with Hazel Eyes

by Beckie Lindsey

Where has she gone? That young girl from so long ago.
The memory eludes me like a cloud covering over the sun.
She had dark hair and large hazel eyes. 
Those eyes that saw the world as an adventure to be had.
A world that is exciting yet dangerously uncertain,
But — with courage — could be contained.

 

 

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Passing On a Heritage: A Guest Post by Patty Schell

 

   Katy here. I would like to introduce a new writer to my blog. Patty Schell wears many hats including Bible study author and creative chef. In this post, she combines those two talents to prepare an intriguing post for you, filled with a moving story, Scripture, and a delicious recipe. May your heart be inspired and your household blessed by this post.

“I am reminded of your sincere faith,
a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois
and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”
2 Timothy 1:5 ESV

   Something extraordinary happened in the midst of the hopelessness found in the WWII concentration camps. The women shared recipes with each other, some even writing cookbooks. You may be wondering why in the world they did such a thing as the misery and death surrounded them. The truth is—the ‘food talk’ as they called it boosted their sense of community. They taught each other the art of cooking and baking even though they did not possess the ingredients to prepare the recipes. Through this they kept the hope of their culture alive.

 

 

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Gaining and Sustaining Peace

How do you gain peace and sustain it? Maybe if I lived on the beach and every morning I could watch the sunrise glisten on the waters, I would have peace. Or perhaps if I had no struggles or temptations, my heart would abide in peace. But the battle between good versus evil rages on, and no life on earth is free from struggles and temptations. Even the beach has its storms and hurricanes. 

 

 

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The Joy of Humility

“Humility.” The word was seared on my brain.

Two weeks ago at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, the attendees were dazzled by beautiful Lake Yale. Every morning the lake greeted us with its serenity and offered the perfect retreat for writers. Anne of Green Gables would have called it “the lake of shining waters.”

The sun shining on the lake, however, was blinding. One morning I was hypnotized by the glistening ripples, and I studied them too long. The image of the sun on the water was seared across my vision, and I said a fervent prayer that I wouldn’t lose my sight. 

 

 

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The Almighty: A Poem Based on Psalm 18

 

Why do I cower so much in the night

And depend on my failing wisdom and might?

My enemies may be too strong for me,

But my God is the powerful One, the Almighty.

 

I will cry out to Him when danger draws near.

I will call on His name when my heart beats in fear.

O God, rescue me from the onslaught of attacks.

Calm my heart and remind me of the facts—

 

 

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20 Lessons Learned from Writers Conferences

At my first writers conference nine years ago, I was too shy. I was hesitant to make private appointments with faculty or venture away from my family to meet other writers. We only discovered the conference a week before it began, so I didn’t know what to expect. All that shyness and hesitancy disappeared the next year, and I talked to nearly every faculty member I could about a book idea I had. I discovered they were people too (of course), and their feedback was encouraging.

This week I embark on another adventure—the Florida Christian Writers Conference—and I have the privilege of attending as a faculty member. I can’t wait to meet more writers and hear why they started writing and what they are working on. I will take appointments to see who wants to write for Refresh and what their ideas are. I even get to teach about how to make Scripture come alive in books and articles, devotions and blog posts. A grand adventure indeed. 

 

 

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In the Footprints of Love

Love walked this earth so long ago.

A compassionate heart, a healing touch, powerful words.

He saw the needy and didn’t turn them away.

He called the broken and weary to come to Him.

 

 

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3 Ways Bible Study Changed My Life

A Guest Post by Connie Wohlford

Katy here. I have another wonderful post to share with you about the value of God’s Word. This one comes from a dear friend, Connie Wohlford, whom I met at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She writes Bible studies and children’s books, and today she talks about what Bible study means to her.

Just a few days ago my fifteen year old grandson, Michael, asked, “Granny, how can someone really know for sure that they’re saved?”

That’s a heavy-duty question for this young man to come up with, but I was glad he did. I told him his question was very common and that I had wondered that myself in years past. I went on to tell him that the best way to be confident that we’re saved is to read and study our Bibles. 

 

 

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The Transformational Power of Scripture Memorization

A Guest Post by Beckie Lindsey

Katy here. I have the pleasure of introducing you to a writer friend whom I met last year at a conference. Beckie Lindsey loves God’s Word, and I’ve asked her to write about hiding Scripture in our hearts by memorizing it. Here are some practical tips, and I hope you’ll check out Beckie’s blog for more insightful posts.

“Memorizing Scripture is easy!” said no one.

I wish I could tell you there’s a special technique that makes memorizing Scripture easy peasy. But there isn’t (at least that I know of!). Nope. It takes good old fashioned discipline. However, I can tell you it’s so worth all of the effort. Allow me to share how I began memorizing Scripture and how it has transformed my relationship with God and others. You see, as we grow closer to God, the natural byproduct is loving others better. But first a disclaimer: I’m still growing in this. I’m not one of those people who can recite entire chapters of the Bible. Not yet, anyway. 

 

 

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