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    11. Written on Their Foreheads

    Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. I heard a sound from heaven like the sound of cascading waters and like the rumbling of loud thunder. The sound I heard was like the harpists playing on their harps. They sang a new song before the throne and before the the four living creatures and the elders, but no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. Revelation 14:1-3 I got my first tattoo when I was 22. It is the welsh…

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    10. Manna

    The Israelites ate manna for forty years, until they came to an inhabited land. They ate manna until they reached the border of the land of Canaan. Exodus 16:35 It’s been thirty-three days. Only thirty-three days since I pulled my kids out of school and we started socially distancing ourselves. I’ve been to the grocery store once and the pharmacy another time about three weeks later but other than that I’ve been home with the kids. I miss church and my friends and dropping my kids off at school. And while I will admit that this has not been as hard on us as it has been on other people…

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    9. Everything I Need

    The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; Pslam 23:1-3 I recently read that it is around the 2 hour mark when marathoners experience “hitting a wall”. This is when the body runs out of carbohydrates and glycogen and starts to burn fat. They say the key to avoiding this is by proper fluid replacement and ensuring that you drink electrolytes and remain hydrated. I can’t think of a better analogy for what we’re living through right now. I feel like we have hit the two-hour mark and I’m running…

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    8. Beauty for Ashes

    The Spirit of the Lord God is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, to comfort all who mourn, to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the Lord to glorify him. Isaiah 61:1-3 I am not good at holy week. I know I should…

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    7. Run the Race

    Therefore, since we also have such a large crowd of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2 Have you ever trained for a race? I did once. I ran a 5K. I trained by running around my neighbourhood. I am no runner, in fact, I really struggle with seeing the point in running. I’m impressed with people who do it, but it is not my preferred form of exercise. But I wanted to prove something…

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    6. Weary and Burdened

    “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 Intellectually, I understand that this is just the beginning. Like, I get that we’ve been self-isolating for only seven days and we have a very, very long way to go. But I’m already tired, y’all. Today my four year old climbed up on our dining room table and jumped off, my almost 2 year old climbed up…

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    5. Weep

    Jesus wept. John 11:35 I’m a cryer. I can’t help it. I try not to be. I will cry at how cute my kids are, or at dog food commercials. But I’ll also have a heart cry that I can’t control. When something moves in my spirit, I can’t keep it in. I like to think of this as more than just a cry. This is weeping. Jesus wept. He wept when his friend Lazarus died. Even though he already knew the end of the story. He knew he would raise Lazarus from the dead. And even though we know the end of this story – that God is victorious…

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    4. My Refuge and My Fortress

    You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. Psalm 91: 5-7 I’m not gonna lie to you. The other night, when I read that there is a very strong likelihood that this pandemic will become endemic (meaning it will always be with us, come and go, like the common cold, but way more destructive) I cried. I had a good, built up, “this isn’t fair” cry. I wonder about my…

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    3. I Know The Plans

    “For I know the plans I have for you” – says the Lord – “plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 This has to be one of the best known scriptures, and one I cling to whenever times get tough. It is comforting to remember that God has a plan for His people, even when our current circumstances can look pretty bleak. We can be sure that He is good and that He wants to give us more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). God sent this message to the prophet Jeremiah while Israel was in exile in Babylon.…

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    2. Certainty in Goodness

    I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 No one has ever accused me of being demure. In fact, I’ve been told for most of my life that I tend towards the dramatic (I added the italics for the drama). But one of my most problematic tendencies is not having patience for God’s creation. More often than not I will look to sky and exclaim (again, dramatically) “BURN IT TO THE GROUND, LORD. THIS ISN’T WORTH IT ANYMORE!” at which point my husband will…