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Would Others Know You’re A Christian If You Didn’t Tell Them?

The Question… One question I am humbled by: Would others know I am a Christian if I did not tell them so? Think of how we act around others, at the grocery store, in traffic, or even in our own homes. Jesus said in John 13:34-35, “…love one another.  In the same way I loved […]

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Compassion, Giving, & Becoming Less Selfie-Centered

My heart is full.  Today I received a letter (actually three letters) from a sweet 5 year-old boy who lives in Kenya.  He told me in the letters that his favorite color is green, that he loves cornbread, his favorite song is “Jesus Loves Me,” he enjoys playing football (soccer), and he wants to become […]

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Choosing to Live in Hope, Not Guilt

We Don’t Have to Live With Guilt & Shame Guilt and shame are not from God; God gives hope .  Sometimes I think that we are so “used” to hearing the devil’s lies that we tolerate them on a daily basis.  It’s like we have a rain cloud floating over us where ever we go, […]

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Jesus is Bigger Than Depression, Disease, & Disorders

I can be naive.  In my rural hometown of less than 1200 people, everyone knows everyone.  Growing up with my grandparents and extended family down the street from where I lived is something I cherish. We went to church on Sundays and always ate Sunday dinner together afterward.  It was normal to be active in […]

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Pain: How a Bicycle Changed My Perspective

Have you ever been in a place where things are falling into place perfectly in your life only to have a “life bomb” drop and explode in your face?  Maybe you had a wonderful job, a loving companion, you were healthy, or a loving support system of friends and family.  Then something happened….you were in pain, disappointed […]

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Overcoming Fear by Kicking the Devil

Have you ever tried to get a point across to someone in a strange way? Well, I tried to explain to my 7-year-old how to take control of his fear….Beware, it’s hilarious (to me) but not altogether one of my finer moments (explanation to come!). My boys and I love to watch movies together and […]

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Living Water Moves Mountains

It seems there are two kinds of people in the world: those who like to drink water and those (like me) who struggle to drink the recommended 8 glasses every day. Water is essential to life, physically and spiritually. Physically, our body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues and makes up more […]

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Why is “The Shack” controversial?

I recently watched the newly released move, “The Shack“.  There are a lot of  opinions and critiques (both positive and negative) about this film.  This is to be expected with any movie but especially movies that speak of Jesus.  The name of Jesus offends people.  It is controversial.  The bible says that there is power […]

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A Compliment From A Homeless Woman

The best compliment I have ever received came from a homeless woman.  At the time, I did not appreciate her words as I do now.  Recently, God reminded me of this seemingly “forgettable” interaction that happened years ago, and I now cherish her kind words.  Let me set the stage for you….I was in my […]

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God Sent Me A Text Message

God sent me a text message. A few months after my layoff, I was still working through questions about my purpose. I had been praying, “God, show me where you want me to be.”  Was I supposed to stay home and serve my family full time? Or was I supposed to be working in another […]