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Getting Reacquainted
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
"For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure." Philippians 2:13 AMP A message sent. A message read. A message registered...Hello, again! Oh, yes, I know her!...
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Time for a Spiritual Checkup
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.”  2 Corinthians 13:5-6 NKJV Is your spiritual life running on empty? With me, I’m ready for a fill-up. Recently I was ...
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Greatest Man I Never Knew
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 Matthew 20:28 “…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” There was a song recorded by Reba McEntire called “The Greatest Man I Never Knew”. When I first heard this song, I thought no doubt it could have been written about many dads and their children. This is a li...
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Life in the Second Act - Changes
Lynn Berna
Reflection
Although it gives the room a serene feeling, it is time to change my Billy Jacobs snowy winter canvas prints for colorful spring landscapes. While I find myself in this reflective mood, how much do you value the influence of grandparents in your child’s life? Let’s talk about happy childhoods, how grandparenting matters and a very good movie on for...
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Keeping Christmas
Lynn Berna
God
It has been a while since we talked. Maybe you have time to relax a moment and drink a cup of coffee with me. Everyone in my life seems to be going a different speed than I am. As they are rushing around I listen, tell them I love them and to have a good day. It is Christmas and my heart has decided to keep it. I have not felt merry the whole time ...
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Be Merry at Christmas
Lynn Berna
God
  This morning I have been reading in Psalm 9: 1,2. I will thank you Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things that you have done.I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.  Are you singing today? I know it is the Christmas season and there is still so much to do, but, t...
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Joyful
Lynn Berna
God
James 1: 2-8. We are encouraged in this bible passage to count it all joy when we fall into various trials or temptations. You can know that the trying of your faith from this will bring about patience and show personal growth. Still longing to grow in my christian faith while Living Life in the Second Act.  Is it possible to have a Merry Chri...
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Appeal to Heaven
Lynn Berna
God
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Psalm 80:19 (NLT) "Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven's Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved." Perhaps you have heard about the outpouring of God's love recently when Asbury University in the village of Wilmore, Kentucky held chapel and it never ended.  It ...
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Thinking Out Loud
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Friday, April 28, 2023 Need to go somewhere to think? My "thinking out loud" is writing down those thoughts.  Many times, that’s what I do. Go to a beautiful place just to think and reflect on matters of life. About my thoughts I've written, one may agree or choose to disagree. That’s okay. Again, these are just my thoughts. Being retired, I d...
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The "Whys" Have It
Mark Hall
Devotions
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 Throughout my 45 years as a Christian, I have witnessed so many devastating things happen to people. I have experienced many terrible tragedies myself. Things I never thought I would get through. One recurring question I have heard time and time again since my early days as a young high school chaplain at Dayton Christian H...
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Find Joy
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Let's start the day with a good cup of coffee and a fresh perspective. Rushing here, rushing there, the Lord goes with you; it doesn't change a thing.  The Lord goes with you today to the office, the doctor, the bank, fitness center, hairdresser or grocery store. The Lord keeps you company while home alone or home, but not alone, while you are...
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A Life Changing Day
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Friday, June 30, 2023 “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) May 30, 1995. That’s the day I came to Christ. Pastor Greenwood, who led me to the Lord, suggested I write that date at the beginning of my Bible. He said, “That’s the most important date of your life!” I did just that. I ...
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Following the Rules
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
It’s been said one needs to follow the rules. If one breaks the rules, there are consequences. Recently, I broke the rule of trying to regain my old cell phone after the 14-day deadline for exchanging passed. Well, I thought the rules should be bent even though the 3 days passed with the deadline. It was a no-go! I didn’t like this much, and it sho...
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FLAME Continues to Spread
Carolyn Hayes
God
Here is the story of Kailas and Jay Chinta and the Ark ministries / FLAME (Family Life And Marriage Enrichment Institute) India Ephesians 6:18 NKJV  "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—"  It was a great...
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God Will Handle It
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
All these scriptures shared help me with my sinful nature. I pray that God directs me so I try not to repeat. Romans 7:16 “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do.” It never goes away…my sinful nature. The Bible says this. It’s always a battle. Oftentimes, I cannot keep my ...
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Friends Who Are There for Me
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Yeah, I’ve been fortunate to have friends who encourage me. I also enjoy the writings of an encourager Liz Curtis Higgs. On Facebook Liz has a podcast, “Grace Every Monday” which I enjoy very much. You should tune in. I think you’d like it too. Back to my personal friends who are encouragers. During the years of publishing, “On a Mission Magazine” ...
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God Confident
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Matthew 19:26 “…with God all things are possible.” Lynn has been under the weather the last few Mondays. But the writing continues. It's times like these we need to fill in for one another and call on our Blog theme once again "helping one another".  In my 71 years, I have been blessed with good physical health and seldom get sick, but my weak...
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Life Lessons
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
What’s in a title? Surely, Lynn or I have written about this subject, “Life Lessons”. Looking back on our devotional titles, it looks like we danced around it, but never had a devotion titled “Life Lessons”. Some titles were “Lessons Over Coffee” by Lynn, “Following the Rules”, one I wrote, “Strategy for Life’s Ups and Downs" by Lynn, and another I...
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Happy Harvest
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, October 2, 2023 Genesis 8:22"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."   The smells of fall are in the air. Have you noticed it? Black coffee goes well with pumpkin bread and cinnamon rolls. Green leaves on trees are beginning a deep, rich,...
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It Is Really Not About the Numbers
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Matthew 18:12 NIV “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Are audience numbers important to a designated speaker? Well, having been there I can tell you it means a lot, but it is not everything. When we were plannin...
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