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  • Never

    “the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you, never nor forsake you”
    Deuteronomy 31:6

    Last Monday I was teaching a Bible Study about when the Israelites left Egypt and started heading towards The Promised Land armed for battle, thinking they could take on the world.  God knew that they weren’t that strong…how worn out they were from the 400 years of bondage.  As they headed out, they were sure they could handle everything, but the first sign of trouble set them into full on panic, ready to run back to Egypt. 
    Breaking free is always a difficult thing to do, whether it’s sin, a bad habit, an unhealthy relationship or a negative workplace.  Everything in our nature screams to keep things the way they are, to stay where we know what to expect.  The Israelites were no different than us.  They left Egypt with their feet, but not with their hearts.  For a time they waffled back and forth between wanting to move forward into The Promised Land and wanting to go back to Egypt.  Instead they got stuck in the desert.  Todd’s illustration of the 3 Signposts in my book is a great visual of this cycle.
    In order to help the people go the right way, God placed a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire at night.  It never left its place in front of the people.  It was a visual reminder that God was with them. The verse above tells us how God is with us, that he never leaves us and never forsakes, rejects or abandons us. How incredible is that! God wanted us to understand this so much that He “repeats” himself, with this same message, many times so we could be sure that it is true.  At least 10 times God sends this message to us in His Word!  Be encouraged today…God is with YOU! He won’t leave, reject or abandon YOU!  So don’t waffle back and forth.  Move forward today in all God has for you!
    Prayer:
    Father, help me to let Your Word sink deep in my spirit so I trust you when you say that you are with me.  Help me to be confident that You won’t leave me, You won’t reject me, You won’t abandon me.  Let me takes steps toward Your good plan for my life today!  Amen.

    Never will I leave you “Repeat” verses: Deuteronomy 31:6, Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5, 1 Chronicles 28:20, Psalm 37:28, Psalm 94:14, Isaiah 41:17, Isaiah 42:16, Hebrews 13:5
    (WATER IN THE DESERT; Section 2-WATER PARTING-STARTING TO SWIM, pg.68)

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  • Book Signing-Family Christian Lake Orion, Michigan

    This day started out crazy as the store realized that the books weren’t there.  God is so much bigger than our problems!!!  I met amazing people and made lasting connections with so many!   It’s shocking when you don’t get down over things not turning out right and then God turns them into great things.  It was great to have my mother-in-law with me.  She’s been an encouragement to me for so many years!  Love this lady!
    I’m looking forward to coming back when I do have books and possibly my hubby’s devotional 40 DAYS IN THE MANCAVE beside mine!  Thanks Family Christian Bookstores!IMG_3033IMG_3034IMG_3035IMG_3036
     

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  • Joel & Victoria Osteen-Night of Hope

    Todd and I have both been impacted by the ministry of Joel & Victoria Osteen.  We’ve watched the services and read a bunch of their books.  Todd was fortunate to be able to meet them in 2010 at their church in Houston for a Champion’s Network Conference.  We were blessed to go with John Stewart, a friend and former pastor of ours, to the Night of Hope in Toronto.  We had such an amazing time and left encouraged that no matter what we face, God is with us and will lead us into Victory!    They preach the gospel in such powerful ways.  They help give you the shot of encouragement you need when you feel low to be able to keep trusting God’s promises in the face of hardships.  After the meeting we went out to Marche Mouvenpick in Toronto for the most incredible crepe dessert ever!!!  What a night!!!  I just “hope” it doesn’t go to my thighs…ha ha ha!
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  • Joel & Victoria Osteen-Night of Hope

    Todd and I have both been impacted by the ministry of Joel & Victoria Osteen.  We’ve watched the services and read a bunch of their books.  Todd was fortunate to be able to meet them in 2010 at their church in Houston for a Champion’s Network Conference.  We were blessed to go with John Stewart, a friend and former pastor of ours, to the Night of Hope in Toronto.  We had such an amazing time and left encouraged that no matter what we face, God is with us and will lead us into Victory!    They preach the gospel in such powerful ways.  They help give you the shot of encouragement you need when you feel low to be able to keep trusting God’s promises in the face of hardships.  After the meeting we went out to Marche Mouvenpick in Toronto for the most incredible crepe dessert ever!!!  What a night!!!  I just “hope” it doesn’t go to my thighs…ha ha ha!

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  • Author's Day at Braeside Camp

    This was a true honour!  Braeside Camp is a place of great significance in my life.  It’s the place of my spiritual birth at the tender age of 4 or 5.  I have not missed a summer at camp since that first year!  God has used this place as a refuge for me and my children, a place where God has healed up wounds and given direction, strength and anointing for the journey.  This year they held the first ever Author’s Day during the Labour Day Weekend Camp.  It was lots of fun connecting with great Braeside people!  Thanks Ray!

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  • Author’s Day at Braeside Camp

    This was a true honour!  Braeside Camp is a place of great significance in my life.  It’s the place of my spiritual birth at the tender age of 4 or 5.  I have not missed a summer at camp since that first year!  God has used this place as a refuge for me and my children, a place where God has healed up wounds and given direction, strength and anointing for the journey.  This year they held the first ever Author’s Day during the Labour Day Weekend Camp.  It was lots of fun connecting with great Braeside people!  Thanks Ray!

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  • First Distributor Cheque

    This is a momentous day.  Today I received my first cheque from the publishing company for books sold through the distributor.  I’m not going to be able to retire off of it, but I can buy some groceries 🙂  Someday I’m even going to pay off the publishing expense!    You definitely don’t go into this for the income, but for the calling God places on your life.  I’m doing my part and I trust Him to do His.  Like the devotional is titled in my book “My “Little” Step Leads to God’s BIG Move”!  I am trusting Him for the harvest of all the seeds I have sown.
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  • Repeats

    “do not worry…do not worry…do not worry…”
                            Matthew 6:25,31,34

    Lately, I keep going back to the Devotional in my book called “DON’T BE AFRAID”.  The verses you look up are so repetitive…and I mean that in a good way!  I am overwhelmed at how many times God encourages us in His Word to “not worry”, “don’t be afraid”, “do not fear”, “do not fret”.  In one short passage alone Jesus bluntly tells us “Do not worry” three times!
    To paraphrase Joshua 23:3, God is saying, “You’ve seen what I’ve done for you and how I’ve been the one on your side!”  Then, He starts to remind the people how He was there for them and what He did for them.  God is our father and all too often we act like little children who need to be reminded of what our dad does for us.  We need that spiritual “cold shower” to wake us up and remind us that God is with us, so…we don’t need to worry! 
    When I want to get my kids to understand something or not forget something, I repeat myself.  The more important, or the more bothered I am with them for not listening will determine how many times I repeat myself!  Do you get the spiritual similarities?  Our heavenly father does the same!  As you study The Word, listen to our father’s REPEATS.  Be encouraged to trust and not worry…He’s on the job!
    Prayer:
    Father, Help me to be aware of who you are and all you’ve done for me.  May I not take it for granted or minimize all you do.  Please help me to focus on your greatness and your goodness so that I don’t worry, but live in confidence! Amen
    (WATER IN THE DESERT; Section 2-WATER PARTING; Don’t Be Afraid, pgs.78-81).  
     

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