How Memorial Day Reminds me to Abide in Jesus

How does Memorial Day remind us to abide in Jesus? What comes to mind when you think about Memorial Day? The weekend is often a celebratory time for families enjoying a long weekend, having a cook-out with friends or playing at the beach. In the midst of the delicious food and time of relaxation, maybe,…
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When Will It End? ~ Hurricane reflections from 2018

I am now living in south Florida, and outer bands of Hurricane Ian passed over us last night. My heart goes out to so many of my friends and family awaiting Ian in central Florida. I was reminded of this devotion I wrote back in 2018 and wanted to share it with you! Stay safe…
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The Story Behind ‘From Weary To Worship

Dear Sister, Hello and welcome to “From Weary To Worship”. I am very glad to meet you here. My name is Kelly Arena and I am, first and foremost, a child of God. My life has been marked by various physical difficulties including a rare genetic disability diagnosed when I was twelve years old that…
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Deepening Bible Reading in 2021

Dear Sister, Do you remember the old hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour?” As someone who lives in chronic pain and has multiple health struggles, I took it upon myself to lovingly re-titled that hymn to “I Need Thee Every Five Mintues!” I thank God that He has drawn my heart closer to His because…
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The Nearness of Jesus

“Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me, I pray Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And fit us for Heaven To live with Thee there” Be near. Stay close. Love me. I want to always be with you. Children have this down…
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Thank You

It’s almost Christmas! Christmas memes are popping up all over the place and the battle between Christmas and enjoying November for what it’s worth has begun. Although I’m all about Christmas myself, this month of blogs I want to help prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day and the month of November, for that matter,…
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