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Draw Near: Experiencing God’s Presence for Ourselves

It can be easy to believe that hearing God’s word at church is enough. But God allows us to draw near to Him. We can experience His presence for ourselves. Food Food. Glorious food. It is something we cannot live without. When my babies were young, they depended on me to feed them. First through… Continue reading Draw Near: Experiencing God’s Presence for Ourselves

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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

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Pride: Resolving to Correct Misplaced Worship to Fulfill God’s Purpose

Pride wears many faces. It is a sneaky thing that isn’t all bad but can quickly become a monster if it is misplaced. To fulfill God’s purpose, we must lay down those things we place above Him.  I asked the following question to a mixed group of folks, (some claiming Christ, others who do not),… Continue reading Pride: Resolving to Correct Misplaced Worship to Fulfill God’s Purpose

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Pilgrims: Learning to Be in The World, Not of The World

As believers, we are pilgrims who live in the world but are not of the world. We must embrace this identity to truly follow Christ.  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. 1 Peter 2:11 Recently my sister in law made an intriguing comment.… Continue reading Pilgrims: Learning to Be in The World, Not of The World

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Season: Learning to Rest in Times of Pain and Suffering

There are many different times in life. During a season of suffering, it is important to remember that it is okay to not be okay, but we are called to rest in Jesus.  Through the past year, I have had some of my lowest lows and some of my highest highs. I am currently, by… Continue reading Season: Learning to Rest in Times of Pain and Suffering

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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

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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

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Kindness: 3 Tips for Floating on the Gift of God’s Grace

The gift of God’s grace can be hard to accept. Acceptance means we are flawed and need help. But God’s kindness sustains us in our weaknesses.  Many different seasons make up life. Some seasons are full of blessings, some full of heartache. Seasons can be filled with joy, hope, trials, grieving, and chaos. My current… Continue reading Kindness: 3 Tips for Floating on the Gift of God’s Grace

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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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Posture: The Difference Between Striving and Obedience

Outwardly, striving and obedience may look exactly the same. It is the posture of our hearts that determine if we are acting with confidence.  The week was spent running errands, making phone calls, meeting with other people, processing what was gained from the meetings, making stuff, prepping meals, laundry, loving on children, correcting children, loving… Continue reading Posture: The Difference Between Striving and Obedience