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S is for Strength

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him (Psalm 28:7 NIV).

Mighty MooseRenewing the mind brings repentance—a deliberate desire to change, to turn from our old ways and embrace a better way. Repentance demands endurance or there can be no true transformation.

With endurance comes strength. What was difficult in the beginning becomes easier with time. Our efforts to exercise strengthen our bodies.

At age seven, my grandson, Zach, determined to swing, one wrung at a time, to the other on the monkey bars at the playground. I lifted him so he could grab hold of the first bar. Read More.

Next week: O is for optimistic. Read and meditate on 1 Peter 5:6-10

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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Thankful for Trials

Soul Detox

Part 33

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV)

 Jesus Will Carry YouSometimes, I just have to vent. During times of great struggle, many well-meaning Christians tell us that God won’t send us more than we can handle. They are wrong and here’s why: Read More

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Brenda K. Hendricks

Finding Contentment in a Broken Economy

Soul Detox Part 31

 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12 NIV)

???????????????????????????????Last Saturday, my daughters and I got together to celebrate the younger daughter’s birthday. Melinda and I wanted to do something special for Rachel, but because of today’s economy, we’re all pinching pennies. So we decided to have a beauty spa in Rachel’s house. With a wave of a comb and scissors, I turned her kitchen into a hair parlor. I twirled in a circle until I transformed into a stylist. An hour or so later, my daughters felt like princesses with their new layered look.

Next, Melinda converted the living room into a Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Powerless

Soul Detox

Part 30

For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? (Luke 11:6 KJV)

Super Hero 2

A Super Hero I’m Not

Years ago (pre-cordless and cell phones days), a car broke down in front of my house. The driver knocked on the door, seeking assistance. I was clueless as to how to change a flat tire and didn’t like opening the door to a stranger to use my phone. So I did the only thing in my power to do—I assured him, through the closed storm door, that I’d call the mechanic at the other end of town. In minutes, help arrived and all was well in the neighborhood.

Many situations in life throw me into a powerless mode. I often have no knowledge or means to help those who come to me for assistance. Some requests are as simple as Read more

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Got Help?

Soul Detox

Part 29

Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love. (Psalm 44:26)

Sydney Painting“Need help?” I asked my four-year-old granddaughter as she maneuvered her scissors around the happy face she had just drawn.

“No, thanks. I can do it myself.” She scrunched her face and stuck her tongue out of the corner of her mouth just like her mother used to do.

Aw yes, those assertive years of independence and self-confidence have emerged. Not that independence and self-confidence are bad things to acquire in our youth…unless of course, we develop them into arrogance and pride, which we all have done to some degree. Read More

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Brenda K. Hendricks

Talents: Use them or Hide Them

Soul Detox

Part 28

240001There are ways of hiding our talents and deceiving ourselves into thinking that we are investing them. For example: I think I have a talent for writing. I write stories, devotions, novels, and a couple blogs. Now, if I write and write and write but keep all those manuscripts locked away in a drawer or on my computer, it’s clear I’m hiding my talent. What if I blog or manage to publish an article or book and never tell anyone, isn’t that hiding my talent as well? Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda

Following our Appetites

Soul detox

Part 27

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way… (Isaiah 53:6a)

??????????Sheep are notorious for getting lost. They follow their appetites to greener pastures but have no sense of direction to find their way back home.

If I followed my appetite, it would lead me straight to the local bakery. This past weekend proved that I’d have trouble finding my way back home too. I over indulged…big time…not just one day, but the entire weekend. And today, I’m paying the price—borderline migraine. Pardon me, while I go take something to ward it off. This “hangover” is nothing new. I know my system can only handle so much sugar before it punishes me for the overload. Nevertheless when it comes to sweets, I’m as dumb as a sheep.

But wait! I’m not alone in this flock. Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks