Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

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Take The Honey- A Guest Post

So today is very special!

For a couple of reasons!

First, it’s a total delight to be able to introduce you to my friend Jeannie Pallett on the blog today! She’s the very talented writer behind the blog Greater Than Gold, and is such a Bible warrior, and has the sweetest heart on fire for the Father.

Second, she is also the author of the beautiful book Beckoned By The King, a revelation, a journey, an intimate view of Psalm 119 that will motivate all who read it to a “deeper place of intimacy with the King of Glory.” You can find info on making a purchase HERE if interested.

Beckoned by the King by Jeannie Pallett

But here’s the thing! The exciting thing!

Precepts & Life Preservers and my sweet friend Jeannie, in celebration of the 1st Year Anniversary happening next week, want to give away a copy of Jeannie’s book to a reader! This is the first reveal I’m issuing this week concerning May 4th’s P&LP Giveaway. And I’m just so stinkin’ excited! There’s more to be revealed tomorrow, with all the details for how to win some great gifts, to come!

So pull up a chair and your cup o’ java and let Jeannie speak to your weary heart today. Talking about battles and provision and God’s heart for a weary band of warriors. I know I’m ready.
{And watch this page for more surprises tomorrow!}

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My name is Jeannie, which means gracious gift of God, but after reading in 1 Samuel 14, I wouldn’t mind being called Jonathan!

I could relate to Jonathan.  He wasn’t afraid to step out from among the crowd and be different.  It’s not that I am fearless when it comes to stepping out from the crowd or that I glory in my uniqueness, but I have learned what God has gifted me in and that I embrace.  Despite the fact my legs may shake at the podium and words may seem to elude me.

I am His vessel and He will fill me.

Jonathan was a friend who was willing to step away from the crowd and peruse the troop’s enemies from a different perspective.   He was a leader in his own right.  I want to be a friend like that who is willing to lay down my life for a friend, to do something for the greater good of my friends, for His body…

{ continue reading Jeannie’s full post here… }

Hope Is Now

To say I’ve been anxious for spring is an understatement.

For weeks I waited for the thaw in a bit of an agitated state.

It wasn’t coming fast enough. It wasn’t turning warm enough. The birds weren’t heralding LOUD enough.

Could everyone in feathers just herald a little louder, please???

The arrival of Spring should be this delightful exhale, a shaking off of all that is winter. Rebirth at it’s finest. Uplifting.

And instead, hoping for its arrival was making me impatient and short-fused and agitated and moody.

And Spring here in Ontario is never a soft, sure, definite process anyway. It strolls in one day looking promising, then teases us with dismal flurries scattered around till May… this does not help my state of mind.

Or is it a state of heart?

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Changing Light Means Winter Retreats

You can see it.

The light is changing.

Almost daily, the hard, short winter light is changing. Subtly.

This gets me thinking. About light and about The Light….

The photographer part of me analyzes the light around me constantly. I do it automatically. And I can tell you with all certainty, as we slip into February, that the light is changing.




Stronger for longer.

It’s a light that carries hope. Spring will advance. Winter will retreat.

This winter will retreat. Your winter will retreat.

It’s a light full of that exact promise. Think about the significance.

It’s nature’s whispered declaration from the Creator that says, “I am doing a new thing. Be aware.”

We love that whisper. But we have to be listening for it. Looking for the changing light.

It’s hard to do when we’re caught up in the middle of the winter storms.

We’re in the middle of our winter. Seasonally.

And often spiritually.

Which is nothing to be ashamed of, do we realize that? Do we ever act ashamed of winter? Make lame excuses for why it’s cold? Try to cover up and pretend there’s no snow? Do we let winter embarrass us?

No. We buy salt for our driveways, warm coats and boots to go about our days in, and we brag about how high the snow drifts were up against the house.

Don’t be ashamed that you’ve experienced a winter. A heart squall. Everyone experiences it at some point. It won’t last forever. Every winter has a purpose. We rest, we shed the weaker parts of ourselves, we prepare for the next cycle, stronger, older, more anchored.

But now the promised Light is growing, advancing, nearing, working!

Spring approaches in the distance, promises of new growth, awakenings, birth. The Light, the Son of God,  brings all of that.

Someone out there needs to know that today. Winter is on its way out. God desires to break new ground, bring fresh healing, and reveal Himself to us anew.

The Light is busy working, advancing, taking us out of winter. In ways the human heart can’t fully see just yet.

That’s exciting. Why cling to winter? Why stay there?

Time to let the light come flooding in.

This is where faith and hope come in. That’s where we make a place for His promises, for His faithfulness. Where we step out of the shadows and into His light.

Where we trust when He says He’s at work. When everything will soon reflect the Light of the world, the way He intended.

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

Spring is coming. To our hearts. To our struggles.

I think suddenly to the stories of Narnia, and how the snow and cold retreated with the advancement of every breath and step of the Great Lion, Aslan… his presence bringing a glorious thaw to the land.

What a powerful picture of God’s might over our soul winters that C.S.Lewis then extends to us with one very notable description;

“When Aslan bares his teeth, winter meets its death. When he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

I know you’ve been hungry for a glorious thaw.

It’s coming. It’s already on the way.

Hang on, the Light of the World, He’s bringing something new.

With every step closer, He is bringing spring. Bringing life.

This winter you’ve been in won’t stand a chance.

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