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Patience: Trusting God Through Long, Difficult Seasons

Patience during a difficult season requires trusting that the Lord has greater things in store. What are you trusting God for? For awhile it seemed like my life was moving backwards. I was 21 year old when I bought my first place. It was this cute 2 bedroom townhouse with an attached garage. Then we… Continue reading Patience: Trusting God Through Long, Difficult Seasons

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Repentance: Understand the Difference Between Condemnation and Conviction

Condemnation leads to guilt and shame. Conviction, however, is God’s loving kindness leading us to repentance and back to His refuge. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1, ESV If that is true, why do so many wrestle with feelings of condemnation? I believe it’s the fine… Continue reading Repentance: Understand the Difference Between Condemnation and Conviction

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Hero: We Are Not the Main Character of this Story

God’s word is applicable to our lives, but this cannot be where we start. We must begin by acknowledging the true Hero of the story. I grew up in a family that attended church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. I heard a lot of preaching. But, it was only until college I… Continue reading Hero: We Are Not the Main Character of this Story

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Warmth: Bask in the Overwhelming Love of the Lord

We have been given new life, and the gift of eternity with the Lord. Nothing will change His passion for us. May we all know the warmth of His overwhelming love. I love the sun. The way it feels on my skin, how it makes everything so bright and mostly how it lightens my mood.… Continue reading Warmth: Bask in the Overwhelming Love of the Lord

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Still: God Will Fight For Us and Prepare the Way Forward

We do not need to be afraid. We are to be still and see the Lord at work, trusting that He will will fight for us and prepare the way forward. Those who know me best would characterize me as an action person. Although in recent years health issues have slowed down aerobic activities, when… Continue reading Still: God Will Fight For Us and Prepare the Way Forward

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Layers: Allowing God to Expose and Peel Away Our Facade

There’s nothing wrong with a nice motivational saying to encourage. However, in order to bloom, we must accept reality and allow God to loosen those layers within our sinful selves. Bloom where you are planted… It’s spring, and that phrase is everywhere. I have no idea who coined it, but it’s definitely making ripples throughout… Continue reading Layers: Allowing God to Expose and Peel Away Our Facade

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Pace: Knowing When to Slow Down, and When to Speed Up

Life is like a marathon, you have to keep a steady pace in order to finish strong. Going too fast? Too slow? Are you able to focus? Are you carrying an extra load, and need some grace? This post was originally published August 2014  I love to run. Like, really, really, really love to run.… Continue reading Pace: Knowing When to Slow Down, and When to Speed Up

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Giver: Surprising Answers to Our Secret Heart Prayers

God is the giver Who gives what we don’t even know we need. He knows the depths of our hearts and answers the secret prayers within us, surprising us with His blessings. I want to share with you my first prayer I wrote a little over a year ago when I started writing my prayers… Continue reading Giver: Surprising Answers to Our Secret Heart Prayers