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Prayer: Avoid Living Recklessly by Inviting the Lord’s Daily Leading

When prayer isn’t a daily part of our lives, it causes us to live recklessly. Lacking prayer causes us to fall asleep to the Lord’s leading.  I was standing in Home Depot with my husband when I received a text from our daughter. She relayed a glorious, long-awaited answer to prayer for a beloved friend.… Continue reading Prayer: Avoid Living Recklessly by Inviting the Lord’s Daily Leading

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Altars: Readying Our Hearts for New Transformation

We can be distracted by the ways God showed up in the past, that we miss how He is showing up in the present. We dance around old altars, instead of readying our hearts for a new transformation. It seems to me that we often, almost sulkily, reject the good that God offers us because,… Continue reading Altars: Readying Our Hearts for New Transformation

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Stripping: When God Begins Removing To Bring Brokenness

God reveals idols in our hearts that keep us from being able to draw near to Him. This stripping process can be painful, but the outcome is a beautiful result.  Stripping – it isn’t a word we use often in the course of our daily lives. Unless we’re referring to furniture, the word has a… Continue reading Stripping: When God Begins Removing To Bring Brokenness

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Reflect: Living A Life That Expresses Confidence in Our Savior

Current Christian culture can tempt us into checking spiritual boxes to feel ‘good’. Our lives are to reflect confidence in a perfect, loving Savior.  Have you ever met a new acquaintance at a function, and she didn’t take a breath, talking about herself the entire time you were together? For maybe 30 minutes? Do you remember… Continue reading Reflect: Living A Life That Expresses Confidence in Our Savior

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Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

We can all be tempted to be a superficial friend. Being a true friend requires God’s abundant grace to lay down our lives. Resting on my desk in a silver frame is a photo of beloved friends sitting, smiling, and leaning into each other around a table. It was taken at a favorite restaurant in… Continue reading Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

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Forgetting: Leaving the Past Behind and Pressing On

Forgetting the past and pressing on towards the future can feel unobtainable. But the Lord calls us to witness the new things He is doing in our lives.  Ah, a new year is upon us yet again. (It will likely take me six months to remember to write 2019!) A new year can mean different… Continue reading Forgetting: Leaving the Past Behind and Pressing On

Devotional · Stay Sane

Mystery: The Holiness and Fear Surrounding Not Knowing

Walking with mystery can feel very much like stepping off the abyss. Yet, if we choose a life without mystery, we’ve chosen not to see beyond the surface of God, ourselves, or others. The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as… Continue reading Mystery: The Holiness and Fear Surrounding Not Knowing

Devotional · Stay Sane

Revolutionary: Expanding Our View of Mary, the Favored One

Do we really know Mary? Yes, she is the mother of the Messiah, but she is also called favored, and righteous. She sets the example of being a revolutionary, living full of God’s power, and being a world changer! “Mary, did you know…?” Picture me rolling my eyes. CAUTION: It’s possible that I’m about to… Continue reading Revolutionary: Expanding Our View of Mary, the Favored One

Devotional · Stay Sane

Past: Leaving Resentment and Pain Behind Us to Live Freely

The holiday season can quickly bring up old wounds and resentments within us that cause pain or anger. Leaving the past behind enables us to love freely.  Most of us have spent the first of America’s two major holidays of the year with members of our extended family. For various reasons, many of these family… Continue reading Past: Leaving Resentment and Pain Behind Us to Live Freely

Devotional · Stay Sane

Counterfeit: Why We Settle For Fake Jesus When He Offers the Real Thing

When we apply addition to the gospel of salvation – Jesus + the Law, Jesus + works – it becomes counterfeit. It is no longer about Jesus, but about us. My mom raised me with this example: Having grown up impoverished, she was determined to own nice things as an adult. She had a nose… Continue reading Counterfeit: Why We Settle For Fake Jesus When He Offers the Real Thing