Devotional

Compassion: Portraying Tenderness through Actions, Not Just Words

Compassion is more than a feeling, it’s an action. We must live this two-fold mission, to truly love those around us. To truly portray the love of Christ.  Sharing my testimony is a tool I use to help others feel comfortable with me. I tell the nitty-gritty of my past so that others know I am… Continue reading Compassion: Portraying Tenderness through Actions, Not Just Words

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Loyal: Pursuing Steadfastness in Our Relationships

In times of stress, we tend to isolate ourselves from everyone and everything. But we need to be loyal to our relationships, our word, and our lives, portraying the steadfastness of Jesus.  The little break between Christmas and New Years can be disorienting. What day is this? When did I shower last? I know I bought… Continue reading Loyal: Pursuing Steadfastness in Our Relationships

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Pressure: Overcoming the Lies and Expectations of the Holidays

The pressure of the holidays can be suffocating. Remembering Jesus, our Savior, and resting in His presence allows us to overcome the lies and expectations.  I can already feel the lies of the season… Do all the things. Be all the things. Give all the things. »Pressure« Why in the world does this happen during… Continue reading Pressure: Overcoming the Lies and Expectations of the Holidays

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New: Dragging Our Haunting Shame to the Feet of Jesus

There are days we allow shame to take over our minds. We must remember that through Christ we are made new, our sin has no hold over us, we are redeemed.  It’s no wonder winter brings so much sorrow. It’s downright ugly outside…most days. Winter has a way of isolating us. Or is it hibernation?… Continue reading New: Dragging Our Haunting Shame to the Feet of Jesus

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Shine: Dimming Arrogance and Allowing God to Shine

In our attempt to shine brighter and brighter, we must learn that dimming the light of arrogance is the only true way God can shine through us.  If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish… Continue reading Shine: Dimming Arrogance and Allowing God to Shine

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Purge: Valuing God’s Treasure and Letting Go of Our Own

So often, we place a higher value on the “things” we possess than what they deserve. When we fail to purge our lives of the temporary treasure, we can’t grasp the eternal treasure God has in store for us.  Purge… I LOVE this word! I love the action, I love the freedom and clarity. I’ve… Continue reading Purge: Valuing God’s Treasure and Letting Go of Our Own

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Distractions: Completely Opening Ourselves to God’s Existence

This world offers a multitude of distractions. It’s easy to miss God’s obvious glory. We even question His existence. “Where are you, God? Make yourself known, be apparent, show up!”  I’ve demanded these things from God way more than I would care to admit. My questions usually happen when I’ve reached the limit of my… Continue reading Distractions: Completely Opening Ourselves to God’s Existence

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Silence: Practicing Solitude to Truly Connect with the Lord

God can truly speak to us through any means necessary. However, the practice of silence and solitude is the most effective way to truly connect and hear from the Lord.   But the Lord is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him. Habakkuk 2:20, NLT There’s been a running theme in our devotionals lately:… Continue reading Silence: Practicing Solitude to Truly Connect with the Lord

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Confirm: 6 Affirmations to Transform Negative Thoughts

Negative thinking is very common. Especially when it’s directed at ourselves. The more we confirm a thought, the easier it is to believe it. One of my biggest struggles is deprecation and negativity towards myself. I have no clue where this habit comes from, what made me so down on myself, or how this type… Continue reading Confirm: 6 Affirmations to Transform Negative Thoughts

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Home: Five Tips for Building Community Where We Are

Where we feel the most at home, isn’t always where we end up. Often times, it takes our own will power to seek out and build community where we land. There’s something about going “home”. I love returning to the place of my childhood. Especially in the summer. I was able to return to Indiana… Continue reading Home: Five Tips for Building Community Where We Are