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Friends: Strengthening Our Friendship Foundations through Christ

Have you ever considered the parable of the builder in Matthew 7:24-27 as an allegory on friendship? When you spend time with your friends, share your life with them, and depend on each other you are building on a strong rock foundation. However, if you don’t talk often or only share the good stuff, you’re building on sandy soil. I tend to have some shifting sand. I need to work on this.

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Champion: How to Walk Through This World With Boldness

We are instructed to not live in fear, but the struggle is all too real. Only with our Champion can we walk through life with boldness. I recently saw a posting on Facebook that said, “Fear not can be found 365 times in the Bible.” As a natural doubting Thomas, I went in search of… Continue reading Champion: How to Walk Through This World With Boldness

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Stories: There is Always A Mess and A Lesson

What is your story? I’m sure it is messy because everyone’s is. God teaches us through real-life stories. He is there with you through the mess. That is His promise. Imagine being nine years old. Your mother has just passed away from AIDS, which was horribly debilitating and you saw her wither away. You and… Continue reading Stories: There is Always A Mess and A Lesson

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Call: Hearing, Obeying, and Following God’s Calling

We all have a calling from God. Your call may change, or it may remain constant. You may hear it when you are seven years old or when you are forty-three, but trust me God has a mission for your life. Phillip is back from Africa! I was so excited and relieved to have him… Continue reading Call: Hearing, Obeying, and Following God’s Calling

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Journey: Knowing God is With You Every Step of the Way

Starting a God-inspired journey can seem so daunting. It will take you out of your comfort zone, but God is with you every step of the way.  I keep hearing phrases like: get out of your comfort zone, make a change, become more involved. This can be exciting, scary, and exhausting. It can also be… Continue reading Journey: Knowing God is With You Every Step of the Way

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Vulnerable: Letting Go of Fear and Embracing God’s Guidance

Fear is the enemy and the answer is becoming vulnerable. That seems crazy, yet God calls us to be a little crazy. Let go of the fear and embrace God’s guidance.  “I don’t know.” Why do these three little words cause such fear and anxiety in us? I hate saying these words. They make me… Continue reading Vulnerable: Letting Go of Fear and Embracing God’s Guidance

Devotional · Stay Sane

Resolution: Reflecting on God’s Lessons and Moving Forward

Reflecting on the year gone by can help us move toward the future God has planned for us. Our resolution should be to testify of God’s goodness and great love.  A little over a year ago I wrote my first devotional “Love Letters: Expressing Our Desire and Commitment to God”. As I reflect on my year… Continue reading Resolution: Reflecting on God’s Lessons and Moving Forward

Devotional · Stay Sane

Warmth: Allowing God’s Gift of Eternal Life to Burn in Our Soul

God sent His Son to warm our hearts. His warmth is all you need to have eternal life. This gift was given to all of us. Let God’s fire warm your life. I love a good fire on a crisp cool night. The light of the fire dancing as waves of heat move over cool… Continue reading Warmth: Allowing God’s Gift of Eternal Life to Burn in Our Soul

Devotional · Stay Sane

Path: Trusting God with the Opening and Closing Doors

Sometimes the pain of a door closing seems insurmountable, but God’s got our backs. And our fronts. Just walk the path through the door.  I’m sure you have heard the saying “one door closes and another one opens.” God has a path for your future. Trust that… Wide Open When I was in high school… Continue reading Path: Trusting God with the Opening and Closing Doors

Devotional · Stay Sane

Shame: Handing our Sin to God to Survive the Storm

Shame is inevitable. That is the nature of sin. It can feel impossible to survive, but there is a solution! All we need to do is confess our sins and hand them over to God.  A few weeks ago Hurricane Florence came crawling across the Carolinas. The coastal areas of North Carolina were battered by… Continue reading Shame: Handing our Sin to God to Survive the Storm