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Freedom.

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Galatians 5:7,8
"You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom."

After we have lived life for a while, it is very possible that we may feel guilt or worry for a fellow Christian or friend--like it is our responsibility to make sure that they're keeping up on the right path. We may think that they took the wrong turn in life because we weren't watching over them enough or we didn't pray for them enough. However, we must accept that each man has his own free will to do what he pleases, whether or not we are there in his life.

And while it is true that we need to be there to encourage and support our fellow Christians and friends, we must not beat ourselves up for the other person's decisions. Yes, we want the best for that person, but not to the point that we should try to control the other person's actions.

Sometimes God has different plans for different pe…

Everything Beautiful.

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Ecclesiastes 3:11

"Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end."

What a wonderful display of God's goodness to us! Situations around us may not be the best, and we may feel like life is ugly, but it says right here in God's Word that He makes everything beautiful for its own time. Because God's purpose is perfect, so are the things He does in our lives. Life is hard: change, death, hearbreak, loss--but God has promised to make it beautiful. Wow!

We cannot see the whole span of everything God has for our lives, but God is faithful, so we can trust that He has what is best.

One example of this that I love is one I heard when I was in kids church way back when: Imagine a tiny hamster in his cage, having a good ole' time running around in his wheel. He starts thinking to himself, I'm a mighty hamster. I can do anything I want,…

A Christmas Poem!

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What is the meaning of Christmas?
So many do not know.
Why do we string up lights
And decorate with mistletoe?
Why does Santa Claus come to town
With his flock of reindeer,
Bringing presents to girls and boys
Each and every year?
Why are there decorations—
Red and green in every store?
Snowmen, candy canes, and elves—
Oh wait! I see more!
Two humbly dressed parents
In a little stable kneel,
They seem to have a newborn boy.
How happy and proud they must feel!
It’s said that this child is the Messiah,
The Savior of the World.
That this precious boy is Jesus,
God’s special plan unfurled.
I guess He’s what’s been missing
Through the shopping and the malls—
He may not fill our stockings,
But he holds the best of all.
Through Him our sins are cleansed,
They’re washed as white as snow!
We can live a happy life
And to Heaven someday go!


-Laura Prosapio

We Do Not Cry Alone.

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Psalm 56:8

"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."
How breathtaking to think that every tear we cry is collected by the Lord in a bottle. Not one tear or sorrow is unknown by Him. He feels our pain and He hears our every plead for help. We are never praying to a God who is unaware of what is happening to us or who is uncaring. God is not dead, or is He sleeping, or is He occupied with other work. He is living and faithful and true. We never walk in life alone because He is there for us every second of it. He cares about you and me and He never will let us be forsaken, no matter what our circumstances are. This world may fall apart and people around us may fail us, but the One who will never leave us or forsake us is our Creator, the Savior of our lives and souls.

Trust.

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If you haven't noticed, lately I've been writing blogs about things I struggle with from time to time. Just so it doesn't get left out, I thought I'd write about a toughie--and that's trust in God.

Trust is so hard, especially when we can't see where God is leading us, or what His purpose is for some of the things that happen in our lives. Trust is like a branch of faith, believing in God to lead us by His will because we know that it's the best. Trust, in the end, fulfils God's perfect plan for us, but it can sometimes be the hardest thing we can ever do.
When we trust in God, we surrender our hopes, our dreams, our plans, our will, and our desires at His feet. We say, "Not our will, but Yours be done in our lives, Lord." And if you're like me, you like to have control. I like to dream about my future and plan my life out detail by detail; but sometimes it's as if I plan it so much, that I forget to trust God and open myself up for His …

Everlasting Life.

Today, this Bible verse has been popping up multiple times; and although I've heard it countless times and memorized it and quoted it indefinitely, it's still sometimes nice to look it over again to sink it in and experience God's love. Below are several versions of the same passage: John 3:16. This verse is not just God's declaration of adoration for us as a people, but it's also a constitution of hope that we have been redeemed. We are free from sin for eternity because of this single act of God--His Son being sacrificed for our sin. If we believe in Jesus, and that He died and rose again with the purpose to cleanse our sins and prepare a future home for us in Heaven when we die, this verse is our life support--our eternal life support.

Especially during this time of year, it's vital that we recognize the true "reason for the season," and that's our Savior being born into this earth.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only S…