How’s 2017 Working Out For You?

How’s 2017 Working Out For You?

It’s been one of those seasons. You know the kind—when one trickle of difficulty leads to another, and then it seems like someone opens a floodgate? It didn’t start with the violent stomach bug that hit both Wagner households consecutively. It was before that, before my husband’s cell phone slid off the car’s roof to go smashing down the Interstate. It was before several unexpected financial blows hit, only to realize our refrigerator was going out, too. It was before a series of unexpected disappointments. It was before the misunderstanding came to light that left me stunned, and put me to the floor on my knees in prayer.

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The Watchers in the Room

The Watchers in the Room

He slowly guides the walker, feet shuffling behind--or is the walker guiding him? He moves so slowly it is hard to tell, they seem joined as one. His head is bowed without a trace of smile or joy. A face that once held youth, but now bears only wrinkles and pain. As I watch him I wonder. What occupies his thoughts, his heart?

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What Are Your Questions for 2017?

What Are Your Questions for 2017?

As I penned the year 2017, for the first time, I wondered what it might hold. What does the Father have planned? We’ve just closed the door on a year that seemed to fly much too fast, will this one pass as quickly? Will I walk in step with the Spirit, or will I run past what He has for me, or lag behind and miss out? These are some of the questions I’m considering in the predawn hours. How are you preparing your heart for this new year?

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2016 is Spent and What of It?

2016 is Spent and What of It?

The closing of a year always pulls me into a serious day of reflection. I look back. I consider. I ask questions. It’s a process of evaluation—I want to recognize where I’ve wasted opportunities so that I can be mindful and more careful in the future, but also I want to take time to worship God and offer gratitude for what He’s done in the twelve months behind us.

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Inviting You to Experience Joy

Inviting You to Experience Joy

Every fall you hear the same message from me: “Begin seeking God for what your spiritual focus should be next year!” I issue that challenge because an intentional pursuit of God brings the joy of knowing Him more intimately. And there is nothing better than that. So actually, I’m inviting you to experience joy!

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