Just Stand Up

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Ephesians 6:13 (AMP)

We were on a long awaited, much needed family vacation to one of my favorite places, the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I absolutely love the water. I feel so close to God as the experience encompasses so many senses at once. I look out on the vast ocean and see

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The Too-Thin Oven Mitt

Each tree is recognized by its own fruit.” Luke 6:44 (NIV)

Over tea with a friend, I mentioned taking a hot dish from the oven using the too-thin oven mitt from my kitchen drawer. She asked, “Why do we keep those things anyway?” Firstly, I found comfort in the word we. After all, it wasn’t just me. Secondly, and most importantly, what a great question! Why do we keep those things in our lives that just don’t serve their intended purposes?

I’m reminded of Jesus and the fig tree incident.

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