Our loved ones don’t know they have been kidnapped.

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Our loved ones don’t know they have been kidnapped.

Our hearts are broken. How do we cope with the loss of friends and family we have loved so dearly? We thought they were safe. How could this happen?

The emptiness left by their absence consumes the deepest part of our soul. It’s nothing like losing someone because they’ve moved or been called home heavenward.

We hit your knees over and over. Relentlessly pounding the door of heaven.

Dear God…bring them home. I can’t bear the thought of _______ being lost to us forever. Please God, please…

What makes these gut wrenching prayers even more painful…our loved ones don’t even know they are being held captive.

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This will bring you to your knees…

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My husband and I have an affinity for saltwater reef aquariums. We’ve had everything from a seven-foot, 200gallon custom tank, to a 10gallon little sweetie which graced our counter-top. At the moment we have a humble 20gallon reef atop a stand my husband crafted with his own hands.

Layering the bottom of this tank is a fine black sand. It is simply breathtaking compared to the regular beach sand or even the white sand we’ve used in the past. There is a sparkle which catches my eye each time I walk by…and what girl doesn’t like a little sparkle in the midst of her day?

The profound number of grains is wondrous to me, each one hand crafted by God. There are more than I can possibly count, yet the sand takes up little space.

But the picture above…isn’t sand.

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G’day mate!

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G’day mate!

G’day everyone and a huge thanks to Heather for having me here on her blog today to coincide with the release of my debut medical romance Intensive Care set in Australia.

To get started today, Heather and I thought we’d have a little chat and let you listen in! However, as I live in Australia (about an hour south of Melbourne in the city of Geelong) and Heather is on the other side of the world in the USA, it’s not that easy for us to catch up over coffee and cake and have a chat, so let’s pretend if we were to sit down and meet face to face, this is what Heather and I would talk about. (Just so you know, Heather and I ‘met’ online around two years ago through our involvement with Proverbs 31.)

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God indeed gives us more than we can handle.

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I hear people say, “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” Frankly…I don’t believe those words for a second.

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There are no small parts, only small actors

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About a million years ago,  when I was at Concordia University in Austin Texas {GO TORNADOES!}, a little film crew came through to shoot a small scene in one of our classrooms. At the time, the movie was just getting started and would take a whopping 12 years to complete!

It was all very glamorous of course. We were told when to enter and exit, assigned seats, told when to “laugh,” and of course did all of this over and over and over again. All for the sake of a few moments in the film.

My friends and I played a very tiny roll in a movie encompassing a twelve year span and unless you were there, you could probably care less about the people sitting in those seats. We added nothing to the storyline, we just filled the space.

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But there’s one thing I learned in my years of theater.

There are no small parts, only small actors.

The same goes for those obscure stories of the Bible…

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Five easy ways to share Jesus

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Over the past few weeks we have all been buying, buying, buying, so that we can give, give, give. 

Not a bad thing.

But what happens now?

pile_of_wrapping_paperNow that all the wrapping paper has been crumpled and tossed in an over flowing garbage can. Now that the Christmas tree has been removed of it’s baubles and kicked to the curb for bulk pick-up, or ground up for mulch.

Once our gifts have lost their shine, what do we do?

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Three things the movie Elf taught me about Jesus’ return.

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ELF, Will Ferrell, 2003, (c) New Line/courtesy Everett CollectionElf is hilarious. Let’s get that out of the way right now.

This Christmas I finally got a copy of Elf and if it were a VHS, it would be worn out by now.

As I watched it for the umteenth time, these gems jumped out at me and made me think about (of all things) Jesus’ return.

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