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Judging: Taking A Posture of Mercy Toward Our Neighbors

Judgmental attitudes can get in the way of the Lord’s work in our own hearts. Judging others is not our job, we must take on a posture of mercy.  I was walking in my neighborhood on a beautiful, sunny day. It was a great reprieve from the winter gloom and rain, so naturally, a lot… Continue reading Judging: Taking A Posture of Mercy Toward Our Neighbors

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Shepherding: Sharing Christ’s Love with The Least of These

When we share the love of Christ with young people who are hurting, we can change the course of their lives. Shepherding in love is one way to do this.  I can almost feel the shock of cold in my fingertips as I recall those early winter morning walks to catch the school bus. Now… Continue reading Shepherding: Sharing Christ’s Love with The Least of These

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Helping: Sharing God’s Love Through Actions and Generosity

God calls all of us to provide helping hands whether it be in our schools, churches, or neighborhoods. We must all take part in providing for the needs of those around us. A couple of weeks ago, two members of my church family, my community, helped me in a time of need. I previously wrote… Continue reading Helping: Sharing God’s Love Through Actions and Generosity

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Intentions: Learning to Desire God’s Pure Love Above All

Desiring a partner is natural, but we must examine our intentions before we enter into relationships. We must learn to desire God’s love above all.  Boys, boys, boys. Oh boy. I’m sure it’s no surprise that I, a teenager, am writing about boys. But let me ask you this, am I the only age group… Continue reading Intentions: Learning to Desire God’s Pure Love Above All

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Stubborn: The Lord’s Overwhelming, Relentless, Sacrificial Love

The Lord is stubborn in His pursuit of our devotion. His love is relentless and sacrificial. He knows the pain we carry and is waiting for us to trust Him. “You need to get off the table,” I spoke as calmly as humanly possible. Deep breaths. Preparing for what was to come. We were on… Continue reading Stubborn: The Lord’s Overwhelming, Relentless, Sacrificial Love

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Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

We can all be tempted to be a superficial friend. Being a true friend requires God’s abundant grace to lay down our lives. Resting on my desk in a silver frame is a photo of beloved friends sitting, smiling, and leaning into each other around a table. It was taken at a favorite restaurant in… Continue reading Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

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Encouraging: Reaching Out to Others Costs Us Nothing

Reaching out and encouraging others can feel like we are being a bother. The opposite is quite true: we are giving strength to weary people who need it.  Discouragement was weighing heavily on me. It was the week before Christmas and I had done very little to prepare. For the previous 7 weeks, my husband… Continue reading Encouraging: Reaching Out to Others Costs Us Nothing

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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

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

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