The One That Got Away

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It had been awhile since I had landed one. A rainbow trout. Beautiful and delicious. I was salivating for such a meal that night. Recent floods had changed the whole landscape. My favorite fishing hole used to have huge boulders in the middle, where fish could hide out from predators and wait for bait to float by. I don’t know where those boulders are now. Downstream in one form or another. Perhaps whole. Perhaps broken into pieces. So I had to walk upstream. Way upstream. Against strong current. Searching for another pool where fish could find respite from the flow and focus their energies on the most attractive bait. I… Read more »

Hi, Stranger. Tell Me Your Secrets… ?!

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Wow, Lord. We never know when You are going to position us to share with other Valley travelers. So that they, too, can find Victory there… Amen? My latest opportunity was at a women’s networking event two days ago. Sponsored by a retail business 35 miles from where I live. We have started holding such events at businesses whose owners are members of our group. To boost awareness about them… and, hopefully, their revenue. Isn’t that what networking is about? On one level, perhaps. But You operate on another level altogether… don’t You, Lord? “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways… Read more »

How Do I Tell Him, Lord?

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I knew he had been ill. But there was a level of secrecy about it. Suggesting it must be serious. It is. He has cancer. I just discovered this days ago. He’s a “professional” friend. I met him through my husband. We see each other only occasionally. Mostly at professional functions gathering people nationwide. We live almost 1,000 miles apart. I last saw him two years ago. He’s battled cancer for 18 months. At our dinner several days ago, the Mystery Illness was named. You had burdened my heart earlier that day, Lord. With a burning question. No, a burning prayer. How do I tell him about You? He’s an… Read more »

Dream… Or No Dream?

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What does dreaming have to do with deliverance? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. Last night, I dreamed about Andrew Walker — the popular Hallmark movie star. Hallmark – “The Heart of TV.” No surprise there. I saw him last night, in a new movie that aired for the first time. What surprised me was our encounter. He was telling me he spends most of his time hiding the fact that he’s a Christian. And I was exhorting him to do the opposite. I woke up, remembering this dream vividly. I forget most of my dreams upon waking, so this must be significant. I Googled: “Is Andrew Walker a Christian?” Well, he’s… 39. Single…. Read more »

The Promise & Peril of Small Packages

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What single women doesn’t catch her breath when the man of her dreams — the real man, the love of her life — pulls a small velvet box out of his pocket in a super-romantic moment?  🙂 Actually, diamonds aren’t (like that old slogan said), “A girl’s best friend.” Her real best friend is the man she’s marrying, when she accepts that diamond… Amen? Next to You, of course, Lord. What other friend would ever go to the lengths You have gone for us? “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command… I… Read more »

Cherished Communion Cameo

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They aren’t famous. I had never even met them before. So why did I grab my camera during our communion service this morning and snap their picture? Because You told me to, Lord. It was one of those Urgent Opportunities. A Photo of A Lifetime. Here one moment, gone the next. So I didn’t waste a second when You said, “Right NOW!” No second guessing. No wondering how it might look to anyone else. Oh, Lord… If only I were always so obedient to You! So unquestioning. So eager to do whatever You ask me to do, in the very moment You ask. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord,… Read more »

What Are YOUR Dreams Hiding?

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It was one of those Crossroads Moments. When Your Cross, Lord, rose up in the middle of the road. Making Your Presence unmistakable. Except this time, the Crossroads Moment happened in a Dream. Someone else’s Dream. A Dream that was, simultaneously, my Answer to Prayer. One of those ordinary moments that suddenly turned Extraordinary. In a quiet, Life-Altering way. Is that a Divinely-inspired oxymoron, Lord?  🙂 It happened over coffee with a friend. A friend who decided to tell me about his recent Dream. The Dream itself was a bit unusual. Full of familiar faces doing unfamiliar things. In this case, another mutual friend had caused a spectacular auto accident…. Read more »

The Atheist I Love – Part 2

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It’s been three months since I wrote my first blog about The Atheist I Love.  http://championsofdestiny.com/the-atheist-i-love/ A lot can happen in three months… can’t it, Lord? Even in three days. Like Easter weekend. My atheist friend went to church with his believing wife. On Easter morning. It was a special anniversary in their decades-long married life. Going to church was one more gift he gave his wife that day. Everyone was surprised to see him. His absence had been obvious for many years. He met the pastor for the first time. Liked him well enough. Just didn’t believe in what he had to say. The pastor summed up the meaning… Read more »

How Many Grains Are Left?

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My heart is heavy today, Lord. A friend is leaving tomorrow morning. Returning to his home far away. Two months earlier than normal. His wife became ill and was already flown there by medical transport. It’s unclear how much longer she may have. He has significant medical issues of his own. I’m sorry about the medical suffering they are both enduring right now. But I’m even more sorry about their spiritual suffering. They have spent a lifetime relying on their advanced intellect. They have touted his genius IQ more than once. Placed their trust in its power to provide worldly stature and wealth. And they have amassed both — stature and… Read more »

Very Special Delivery!

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Her email appeared in my inbox last Sunday night. No subject line. A name I didn’t recognize. How many such emails have I deleted, Lord, in these days of hackers sending viruses to crash the hard drives of the unsuspecting? It is only by Your grace that I opened this one, Lord. A Very Special Delivery! And I will be eternally grateful.  She had picked up my book, Victory in The Valley, at a Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in a major city hundreds of miles from where I live. I have no idea how it got there, Lord. I only know it was another Very Special Delivery… by Your hand. She had received a… Read more »