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Need: Realizing the Difference Between God’s Love and the World’s

The world has a vastly different picture of what “love” looks like. We tend to love things and people because we need them. But that’s not God’s love.  What is the very first thing that pops into your head when you hear or see the word love? Your family? Friends? How about your favorite food?… Continue reading Need: Realizing the Difference Between God’s Love and the World’s

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Questions: Being Honest With God About Our Doubts

God does not feel offended when we wrestle with doubt. Asking questions can lead us to surrender, and can change our perspective.  The eight years we lived in Chicago can best be described as a desert season in my life. Yes, there were definitely times we rejoiced in the occasional “oasis” that we would encounter.… Continue reading Questions: Being Honest With God About Our Doubts

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Value: Giving Worth to Ourselves, Others, and God

As women, we are prone to diminish our worth. When we rely on God, He changes our thoughts and actions to express value in ourselves, others, and Him.  My early twenties have been nothing that I thought they would be. While there are accomplishments in my life I am immensely proud of (buying my first… Continue reading Value: Giving Worth to Ourselves, Others, and God

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Transformation: Allowing God’s Guidance to Use Us Where We Are

The transformation of Paul is a great reminder that God can use us, no matter what. When feelings of “I am not good enough for God to use me” sneak in, remember it is NOT true! Power, righteousness, absolution, and control. Those were the coveted virtues of Saul of Tarsus. He wielded his certainty of… Continue reading Transformation: Allowing God’s Guidance to Use Us Where We Are

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Shelter: Allowing God to Teach Us How to Be Safe People

The world is full of unsafe people, but God urges His children to be the safety. A person who will love and shelter, even in the presence of an insecure relationship.  Safe…who or what comes to your mind when you read that word? I know I should say JESUS, but I immediately think of my… Continue reading Shelter: Allowing God to Teach Us How to Be Safe People

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Balance: Experiencing Healing in Body, Soul, and Spirit

When we seek God’s healing, we find balance in our body, soul, and spirit. He gives us the wisdom for how to achieve this balance long term. I’m in my final week of a six-week dietary reset. It’s been a bit of a battle, but most of the fighting happened before I even began. Before… Continue reading Balance: Experiencing Healing in Body, Soul, and Spirit

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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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Create: Partnering with God to Bring Beauty and Life to the World

You are made in the creative image of a wonderful Creator. He lovingly invites you to continually create with Him for His Kingdom! Eighteen years old and on a high school mission trip in Washington State, my mind racing, trying to find peace. It had been a wonderful morning of leading VBS with a local… Continue reading Create: Partnering with God to Bring Beauty and Life to the World

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Moments: Surrendering Our Time as God’s Instruments

Surrendering our time to God is important. When we structure moments on being His instrument, we can find rest and assurance through God’s perfect design. In relationships, I tend to say “yes” a lot. Does someone need a meal? I can deliver. Did someone lose their babysitter last minute? Bring your kids to me. You… Continue reading Moments: Surrendering Our Time as God’s Instruments

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Encouragement: How to End the Judgment in Our Minds

Judging other people and being judged destroys relationships. Here is how to end the judgment in our minds through encouragement. We have all been there. We have been the one standing alone while others made snide comments and pointed and laughed (although it may just have been in our minds). And we have also been… Continue reading Encouragement: How to End the Judgment in Our Minds