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Foolishness: Rejecting Worldly Wisdom to Follow Christ

Sometimes we feel foolish when we veer away from the path that the world prescribes for our lives, but choosing to live out our calling is not foolishness.  Years ago when I was in college, my mom gave me some sage advice. But at the time, I considered it foolishness. It was Thanksgiving break, and… Continue reading Foolishness: Rejecting Worldly Wisdom to Follow Christ

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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

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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

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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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Mission: Looking Behind, Seeing the Vision Ahead

We can learn by looking back. We are taking time to reflect on the previous year of our mission and refocus our vision and purpose.  At the new year, my husband and I sit down and write out what happened the previous year and what we foresee in the year to come. Then the following… Continue reading Mission: Looking Behind, Seeing the Vision Ahead

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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

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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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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