Category Archives: thoughts by Julie Cosgrove

Hacked

Our souls are not immune to being hacked, either. Call him what you will…the devil, the evil one, satan, the father of lies. He leans in and whispers into our brains –interrupting our thoughts and warping around blessings. Where is your firewall the most vulnerable? How can you make sure your soul is “unhack-able”? Continue reading… Continue reading

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A Matter of Direction

No matter who we are, how old we are, or how physically capable we are, we can all give. God has blessed us with experiences, talents, and Spirit- guided incites that we can offer to others. ““Consider it pure joy, …” Continue reading

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Held Up

“…though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:24 God upholds us in many ways – sometimes through other people. Due to an acute attack of sciatica, I’ve been relying on … Continue reading

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Fear or Faith?

Faith vanishes fear. Faith empowers us because we know God is in control and He will, as it states in Romans, work things out for the good for those who believe (8:28). Our relationship with God determines our view of the world. Continue reading

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ABBA

Abba, Father: Thought: Picture yourself, no matter your age, crawling on Abba’s lap to receive His comfort, love and guidance. It’s okay. None of us are ever too old or self-efficient to not need that! Continue reading

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Pluck It and Bag It

As I pulled the fragrant, dark cilantro leaves, I realized there were a lot more “good ones” than I originally thought. That made me sigh with relief because I hadn’t wasted all my money after all. … Continue reading

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Burned Out or Left Out

Have you experienced burn-out when it comes to serving in your church? Continue reading

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The Cost to be Merciful

To give up our self-centered, pride-filled, and judgmental human nature to serve God and others is a sacrifice. It is a lifestyle do-over. It takes commitment. Read the rest… Continue reading

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Lift Up Your Soul

Lift Up Your Soul: Dearest Lord, I pray that I may surrender a little more each day to Your use, and trust more and more in Your mercy and love — that I can lift up my glass for You to fill with Your presence. Continue reading

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Dangling Threads

You want to pull it, but you know you shouldn’t. That dangling thread on the seam of your clothes is bugging you. Does that describe your life? I looked down and saw it. Arghh. Now would everyone see it? Would … Continue reading

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Sit Down and Listen

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.“ Proverbs 1:5 Winston Churchill said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak: courage is also what it takes to sit down and … Continue reading

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Shining Faces

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us.” Psalm 67:1 I remember one of my mother’s favorite sayings: “How I love to see your shining face.” When faces shine they are elated, full of joy, love and anticipation. “Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow” are the words in a familiar carol that describes children waiting for Christmas. Continue reading

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Christmas Is For Children

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” Luke 18:16-17 Continue reading

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GO

Jesus commanded us to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20a Continue reading

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When Personalities Clash

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 Father God, when someone rubs us the wrong way, let us turn to You for discernment. Continue reading

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