Storms come in all shapes and sizes. Some are natural… like the hurricanes that hit my Florida home last fall. Others are supernatural… like those that are revealed whenever our Religious Liberty is challenged. My Friday posts center around lessons and/or resources we can all access to strengten our Kingdom POWER in the face of religious persecution. Today’s content cites a valuable publication for businesses promoting creative expression. Creative professionals — photographers, cake artists, promotional printers, florists and other artists — who have declined to create messages that conflict with their faith. The publication, Create Freely, is a FREE download available at the website of its developer, the Alliance Defending… Read more »

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This God-encounter happened to me. Last night, after dinner. Outside of the context Religious Liberty… but strikingly relevant, all the same. We prepared a delicious, home-cooked dinner together. Exhaustion soon caught up with my Honey. As I cleared the table and washed the dishes, he drifted into Slumbersville… right in his chair at the dinner table. That’s when the Heart Prompting came — for me to go put fresh linens on our bed, so after his nap he could slide into bed with ease. I was halfway done when I came around the bed… and my feet got tangled up in the overhanging sheet. I fell with a CRASH. Landing… Read more »

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Maybe when your business terrain looks more like a battlefield? It’s GOAL-SETTING time. January 2018 — the time when every seasoned business owner / executive is considering how to best advance their interests in the coming year. What BHAGs — Big Hairy Audacious Goals — will push them beyond their comfort zones into the realm of meaningful progress? What SMART — Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, Time-bound — goals will make those BHAGs come to life in the days, weeks and months to come? Much of this goal-setting finds its grounding in SWOT Analysis. What internal company Strengths and Weaknesses must be considered and addressed? What external marketplace Opportunities or Threats… Read more »

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It was one of those offhand remarks. A “by the way” comment added to the end of an hour-long conversation. A “by the way” comment that went off in my spirit like fireworks! All because of You, Lord. You and Your Amazing Grace. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) You had given me an assignment, Lord. A small one. Seemingly inconsequential, but profoundly impactful. I knew You had assigned it to me. But soon, I had the sense You had also assigned it to one of my… Read more »

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Most of us are beginning our New Year as we always do — determining our priorities for the coming year and establishing our goals and plans to bring those priorities to fruition. It’s a time of considering possibilities and harnessing opportunities to become more effective and impactful. And it occurs to me… How can we possibly accomplish all (or any) of that without courage? What is courage? “The mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.”   https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/courage  Are there any truly worthy goals or plans in life that do not require us to do or be this? Look at your life. Your personal wellness and effectiveness…. Read more »

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This photo says a lot to me about this New Year of 2018. It says “OPPORTUNITY!” To unlock hidden treasures. To break free from whatever is holding me (and others) back. As a person. As a Christian. As someone I haven’t met yet, who may not know the Lord who loves them… What does it say to you? Maybe it’s an image of the rise of religious persecution in America. A seemingly closed and locked door that, in reality, can become an opportunity to reach people for Christ like never before. Persecution is “hostility or ill treatment because of religious beliefs.”  What people think about a particular religion is key to… Read more »

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Hi, Friends… I’m doing what many others are doing today — taking the day off! To celebrate… … plan… … seek… … hear… … and prepare to begin … … the Adventure that 2018 — and all of Life — will be with the Lord! Happy New Year, all! Diana Furr, a.k.a., Abba’s Girl    

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It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime Divine Appointments. No human being could orchestrate it. No “blind luck” or “coincidence” could explain it. And, by Your Grace, Lord… it happened to me. My husband and I were traveling over the holidays. Flying from state-to-state on a Christmas “tour” designed to reconnect us with beloved family in two faraway places. That’s where I ran into Your Divine Security. I was TSA-Preferred Check, as I now seem to be every time I travel by plane. It’s actually quite convenient. Security lines are shorter and move faster, since TSA-Preferred passengers do not have to remove their shoes, belts, coats, laptops, etc. Some people apply… Read more »

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It’s Kingdom POWER day. And how I’m feeling reminds me of one of the deepest Truths about Kingdom POWER… “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) That intestinal bug I was exposed to 10 days ago finally caught up with me. I have literally spent the entire day in the bathroom. Don’t worry… I won’t go into any details. But I did want to post a short word. So I’m thanking the Lord for my iPad (which I’m using from my bed.) And for His whisper that even my less-than-ideal physical state today is significant. Because I am significant. To HIM…. Read more »

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Certain boundaries are just understood for most restaurant patrons… Amen? Boundaries like “No shoes, no shirt… No service.” I also remember another from years back, allowing the restaurant owner the “right to refuse service to anyone.” Not a license for racial or any other kind of blatant, illegal discrimination. But certainly a license to throw out rowdy drunks or any others exhibiting behavior disruptive to the other customers’ dining experience. However, I never heard a cry of outrage against a restaurant owner offering someone a discount. Now, I’ve heard three. The Tokyo Restaurant in Fairhope, Alabama. Luna’s Friendswood, a Mexican food franchise with six locations in Texas. Aleathea’s Restaurant in… Read more »

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