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When You Need to Feel Like God Loves You

I don’t generally do New Year’s resolutions. I never have. However, at this time of year, I see the value in reflecting on the past year and meditating on ways to do things differently in the new year or improve things that aren’t working (even if it doesn’t involve a list). Just like some of […]

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Does Your Life Have a Specific Purpose?

What is your favorite Christmas song? I know. That can be a hard question. There are simply too many tunes that touch us in unique and powerful ways during this season when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. It’s hard to choose just one song and name it your most beloved. However, if forced […]

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How to Keep Going When You Want to Give up

There have been times that I have been discouraged in writing and ministry. Times when I doubted if I had an impact on anyone or spoke to anyone with my words. A year or so ago, I went through an interval where I felt spiritually depleted. Pregnant with our third child, I wasn’t feeling so hot physically. […]

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Doing the Will of God Even When You’re Afraid

When I was a little girl, I was petrified of jumping off the diving board into the deep end of the local high school swimming pool. The longer I stood there looking into the vast expanse of water below, the more I talked myself out of making the plunge. However, because I had to jump […]

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Doing Work That Has Eternal Value

In Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias,” the lines describe a traveler who finds the ruin of a statue of a ruler. Stamped on the pedestal are these words: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!” The words are ironic because the statue, depicting a ruler influential […]

When Jesus Asks You to Go Into A Storm

When Jesus Asks You to Go Into a Storm

A few weeks ago, I listened to a sermon that dug into the marrow of my soul. The sermon was about the storms of life that come up suddenly — like sudden squalls on a calm lake. The sermon made an impression on me not only because it was a compelling talk and gave a slightly […]

The Secret to Being Content in any Cirumstance

The Secret to Being Content in any Circumstance

“Mom, our playground is so small. It’s like a baby playground,” my daughter announced as I eased the minivan into the carpool line that snaked in front of her school. We had recently moved into a new community, and after only a month in her new first grade class, my daughter had been giving me […]

WHat It Means to Walk By Faith, not Sight

What It Means to Walk by Faith, Not Sight

Thomas is one of those characters in the Bible I never really connected with. His story I knew was one placed in the Bible to show me why I shouldn’t doubt, but I never saw myself as Thomas-like. Therefore, I didn’t know how much like Thomas I was until recently when I recalled his words to Jesus […]

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A Christian Perspective: When to Confront in a Relationship

Do you like confronting others? I certainly don’t. As a recovering people-pleaser and person who has worked hard to overcome an addiction to others’ approval, I have struggled to confront people or initiate hard conversations with the people in my life. My tactics most of the time have included avoiding the situation or the difficult […]

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Avoiding a Place of Spiritual Stagnancy by Allowing God to Work on Us (Blessings of Brokenness Book Study)

In HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” married couple Chip and Joanna Gaines take run-down houses and fix them up into beautiful, livable spaces. In each episode, the Gaines show a client three different properties (generally houses in need of repair) and then remodel the house to the client’s specifications within a specific budget. The condition of the […]