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Colossians 3:12-14 NIV

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

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Living Words | Proclaiming Christ

April 23, 2017 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
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The ever-presence of God’s Love in His Gift of Praise — If a picture is worth a thousand words Then avert your two eyes from me when you demand silence For countless words erupt with each shuddering gasp Ergo miss the accompanying timbrel and dance. If a picture is worth a thousand words Then aim […]

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Salvation for Our Weary Souls | Christ’s Invitation

September 26, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“[Jesus] said unto them, ‘They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’” Matthew 9:12-13 KJV We the broken, bleeding, the torn; We the […]

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Faith String Holding | Transformed by God’s Power

August 8, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:32 KJV Adventuring along the narrow path, I run into a roadblock obscuring the way. Here I am, stuck… with a string. This string of faith (beat up and knotted) (what else am I supposed to do with anxious thinking hands?) “But when […]

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All Will Be Right | Moonlit Tree Surrender

July 16, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
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Surrender, Dear shouting one, Cry tonight. See then colours bright. Surrender, Dear struggling one, Rest tonight. Sleep in love-filled light. Surrender, Dear silent one, Sing tonight. All will be well. All will be right. “I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and He gave ear unto me…I call to […]

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Invitation and Salvation | Seeking God’s Ever-Present Help

July 5, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

You know those angry days? Those frustrating days? Those days you are stuck in a moment, stuck in progress, stuck in the need to be better, have better, stuck in the need for more or for less? These can be the kinds of days that linger far longer than 24 hours. Every time we let […]

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Breathe, Sing, Dance | Alive in Christ

April 22, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“…for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12b KJV Lift your weary head. Feel the weight release. Stand up straight, and pour out all the anguishing debris. Let’s breathe soundly to salvation-hued freedom tunes. Lord have mercy. Have mercy on us. Hear us and have […]

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How is God guiding your future?

February 22, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.” Psalm 90:16-17 KJV Hello everyone! You know those moments when you […]

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Thought Castle | Home in Christ’s Love

February 1, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“But when [the son] was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him…the father said to his servants…’let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’” Luke 15:20, […]

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Look Again | Bright Hibiscus

January 1, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
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In “Many Joyful Days”… Look again. Does the pink catch your eye? See dried golden leaves passing by. Look again. Does the glare hurt your view? See silhouettes in the shadow. Look again. Do you see how beauty grows? How in each wound and perfection, Saviour’s beauty shows! “To give knowledge of salvation unto his […]

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Swirling Hope Spheres | Immersed in God’s Grace

December 22, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” 1 Peter 1:3 KJV “By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in […]

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Through Oceans, Lands, and Skies | Find Me, Lord Jesus

October 12, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
Through Oceans, Lands and Skies | Find Me, Lord Jesus {(c) Bernadette Saddik |}

When lost in “The Closet of the Mind”… When lost in imploding raw rifts, streaking across a sky of “It’s too much”… When lost in weary dark bridges, straining land-sea clashes with “I’m so tired”… When lost in spinning gray wisps, churning through the fronds ’round “I don’t know”… Find me, Lord Jesus. Let me […]

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What is choosing joy?

October 3, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hello everyone! Question for you: What does “choosing joy” look like to you in a situation that does not seem joyful? Paul and Silas seemed to have interpreted choosing joy as choosing to continue God’s ministry. You can read about this event here: Paul and Silas: Ministry in Prison. Mocked, beaten up, imprisoned — yet […]

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Praying for a Dream | God’s Purpose for Your Life

August 31, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish“…“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Matthew 18:14, Luke 19:10 KJV). Something I have been thinking about lately is knowing what direction God wants […]

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Deeper than Words | This I Pray to You, Lord Jesus

August 8, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Forgive me Father, I have and will continue to fail. Let not my mistakes be a stumbling block. Let them be an opportunity to learn. And as I lag behind when I fall, And as I struggle to stand, Pass Me Not O gentle Saviour! For, in You is my every good thought, word, deed. […]

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More Than Dandelions | God’s Beloved Creation

June 1, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
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Remember “Today”: A bright cluster of flowers — dandelions… oh unruly crown of weeds, Are beautiful, wouldn’t you say? And you, who are not a weed — are more cherished… Beloved Love’s Creation, Shining vessel with God’s light. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to […]

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Green in the Broken Places | God’s Love Everywhere

May 3, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
Green in the Broken Places | God’s Love Everywhere {(c) Bernadette Saddik |}

God’s love shows us “A Beautiful Place”: Staring at the vast colors of the ocean in my dreams, Frustrated by a bleak gray reality. Green shoots grow and rise in broken places, Proclaiming God’s nourishing presence everywhere, anywhere, here and now. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to […]

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A Wondrous Life | Inspired by God’s Gifts

April 11, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

You are an inspiration. I do not claim this lightly. No matter where you are in life, what has happened to you, or what you’ve done, our Heavenly Father has worked so much for you, for you are precious. You, who are made in the image of love. (Genesis 1:27) You, whose hairs are counted […]

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To trust in the Lord…

March 27, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Confusion and chaos everywhere. Still Your song plays clearly. Is this how peace sounds, my Lord? Calling, softly calling! Nearer, My God, to Thee “Yet the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” Psalm […]

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Jesus, take these words… | A Life of Love

March 2, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’” Galatians 5:13-14 KJV Jesus, take my ears — Comfort with them, make […]

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How do you understand your God-given purpose?

February 23, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hello everyone! Lately I have been asking myself about my calling. How do I understand my God-given purpose? What are His directions for my life? The passages describing how Christ called several of His disciples are encouraging for me. You can read them here: Jesus Calls the Disciples. Four of the disciples, including Peter, were […]

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