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Author Archive: Nancy Schmitt

Soap

Soap

“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage…for we walk by faith, not by sight.” –2 Corinthians 5:5-6a, 7 During these uncharted days of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have a responsibility to do things differently […]

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  March 23, 2020   No comments
Relax

Relax

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in God. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid.” –Psalm 56:3-4 A couple of weeks ago during one of our nice spring-like days I decided to go through the car wash to get a layer of the winter salt and […]

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  March 16, 2020   No comments
Give It Up

Give It Up

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting…But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to God, who is unseen; and […]

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  March 9, 2020   No comments
Mark of Gratitude

Mark of Gratitude

“So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” –2 Corinthians 5:20 Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and the start of the 40 days of the season of Lent leading to Easter. With the arrival of Lent, we are […]

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  March 2, 2020   No comments
Shining Gratitude

Shining Gratitude

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all God’s wonderful deeds.” –Psalm 9:1 A couple of weeks ago on the morning after a heavy snowfall, the weather was gorgeous…not too cold; calm wind, a beautiful sunrise, and clean, white snow. Since it was early and most of […]

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  February 24, 2020   No comments
Choose a Life of “We”

Choose a Life of “We”

“I have set life and death, blessing and curse before you—Now choose life.”             –Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Edwina Gateley is an author, who also shares ministry in various communities.  She was born in Lancaster, England; earned a teaching degree in England and then a Master’s of Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  At one point, […]

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  February 17, 2020   No comments
Signs of Gratitude

Signs of Gratitude

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” –Colossians 3:15 Last week, someone told me about a license plate they saw that said, BGR8FL. Do you see it? BGR8FL…Be Grateful. Being thankful and grateful is something that we are called […]

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  February 10, 2020   No comments
Be Kind

Be Kind

“God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8 A recent phrase that I have seen on cards, bumper stickers and social media says, “In a world where you can […]

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  February 3, 2020   No comments
Fear & Trust

Fear & Trust

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?…I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait […]

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  January 27, 2020   No comments
Sharing God’s Love

Sharing God’s Love

 “…for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” –Nehemiah 8:10b Our vision at the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church is, “To be a welcoming home where we share God’s love.” I see that vision lived out in many ways in the […]

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  January 20, 2020   No comments