Posts by carol@carolensminger.com

Distraction of the Dash

Psalm 25:4,5 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. How do you start a new year? Do you take time to reflect on your past year? Do you set goals…

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Distraction of Decorations

Romans 6: 23b (the Message) But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master. There is a special joy wrapped in the preparations and decorations of Christmas but a feeling of dread in the finality of packing them up and putting them away. There is a cozy feeling in the magical…

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Distraction of Dickens

Roman 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is one of my favorite Christmas movies that I can watch again and again. Whether it…

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Distraction of December

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. I love Christmas time. I love the lights, the music, the decorations, the parties and even the baking,…

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Distraction of Deals

Romans 5:15b . . . it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men. Have I got a deal for you! Buy one get one free! Entire store 50% off! Free gift to the…

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Distraction of Dressing Disasters

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Thanksgiving is here and many of us are busy planning our menus, collecting our recipes, creating our shopping lists, cleaning the house and preparing for guests. The focus is on the family dinner…

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Distraction of Dad’s Death

Revelation 21:1-4 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And…

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Distraction of Delays

Ecclesiastes 7:14 On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days So that we won’t take anything for granted. Flight delays, weather delays, appointment delays, construction delays, game delays, we have all experienced them. Some delays are a welcome interruption. For instance, I work…

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Distraction of Death

Ecclesiastes 3:1.2.4 There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, It seems that it has been one of those seasons.…

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Distraction of Doctors

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Here I am on a beautiful Sunday afternoon sitting in the urgent care waiting room. Going to the doctor is never…

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