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The Bucket List

A friend sent these words by Steve Bezner to me, and I must say, they were enough to stop me in my tracks. “Sometimes I joke about what I’d do if I had one day left to live. Eat junk, go crazy, etc. Today it hit me: Jesus knew. And He washed feet.” Do you…

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Light My Path

It would be really bad if I tripped and hurt something.  No sooner had the thought run through my mind then my ankle gave out and I fell to a knee. There was a moment of pause as I assessed the situation and realized nothing was truly hurt—maybe my pride, but nothing major. It was…

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The Trust Fund

The word “trust” has two different meanings. One is a verb, to trust, which is an action. It means to rely on or place confidence in someone or something. The other is a noun, trust, which is an asset managed by a third party. For purposes of this essay, it is a combination of the…

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The 360 View

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” – Psalm 18:10 Where do you turn when you’re in need? What do you do when you’re afraid? Who do you talk to when you have a problem? These were questions my friend, Holly, asked a group…

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Digging Deeper

Summer is a perfect time to try something new or find relaxing rhythms that might last until next spring.  Whether you read more, cook more, get outside more with your kids (who are home all the time, eat everything, and are always asking “are we there yet?”), the longer days of summer are full of…

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You Will Walk Free

I’m a visual person. But not in the way you’re thinking. Perhaps there is a term for it that I’m unaware of—but my form of visual learning comes through words that create pictures. It is no shock to me as I tend to view and see things in this way. Perhaps it is a way…

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R.E.S.T.

Solitude. Quiet. Sleep. Freedom from busyness. An unhurried and peaceful way of living. All of these words paint a picture of rest to me. Lazy afternoons. Unhurried mornings. Hours and hours to read, write, or think. But those kinds of days—they make movies, not my calendar. On the precipice of 2019, God entrusted with me…

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“Were Not Our Hearts Burning?”

  Were not our hearts burning within us? (Luke 24:32) Often it takes going through the “hearts burning” walks of life to see Christ’s Glory. Recently, I read Luke 24:13-33 during my quiet time. Then, I read it for the next three days because it spoke to me so profoundly. The story takes place the…

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Immediate Obedience

Do you ever catch yourself scolding your kids (or thinking about your spouse) and saying something to the effect of “I shouldn’t have to ask 3 times!” or “wouldn’t that have been easier if you would have just done what I asked in the first place?” or what about this one… “(insert name of your…

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It Just So Happened … Hope

    Have you ever wondered about the power of hope? It gives one a reason to keep going, a reason to keep on believing, a reason to press forward. I recently finished reading the book of Ruth and I started to wonder about the thread of hope woven throughout the four chapters. It is…

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God’s Oil

Have you ever wondered why we have to change the oil in our cars? We all do it. We drive to Jiffy Lube, Wal-mart, or in my case, Warren’s Single Moms Oil Change last Saturday during City Serve. We have this maintenance done regularly. But do you know why it’s important? In short, as a…

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Have You Talked to God About It?

As a ministry director, I often report upcoming ideas with my supervisor. Whenever I say ‘I don’t know what to do’, he always responds with “Did you pray about it?” I’ll take a moment and survey my daily prayers to find that I cried out in desperation for how to fix the treadmill that has…

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Victory

I don’t relate to most things the way I relate to music. Since I was a child, I have carried a burden of needing to communicate with the Lord through song. It’s a precious gift the Lord has given…an intimacy and desire to know Him and to set those moments to melody. Recently, I have…

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Three in One

Hey, Women of Warren! I’m honored and humbled to be sharing with you today, but as the Lord equips us for all good works – I know without a doubt that he has put a word in my heart that all of us need to be reminded of. You. You are loved. You were created…

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To Die Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure

Back in the late 1800s, a man by the name of J.M. Barrie wrote many literary pieces. By the early 1900s, he would create one of the most recognizable and popular characters ever to grace stage plays, book pages, and eventually the big screen. Peter Pan, or the boy who wouldn’t grow up. It’s quite…

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Palm Stretched Out

Hands are interesting things, aren’t they? Five fingers. A palm. Some knuckles.  Perhaps some arthritis, maybe fancy nails, turn them over and you might see calluses. Maybe there are short fingers, long fingers, curved fingers.  Maybe the hand isn’t even a hand at all, perhaps it’s a foot that functions in the place of a…

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I Am Going There Myself

Leaving the team and luggage on the metro platform at the airport, I climb the stairs leading to—honest confession here—I have no idea. My hope is to find a screen, an airport representative, a Parisian who, dare I say it, speaks English.  “Lord, please help me find anyone or anything that can help me figure…

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The Sunbeam

It happened again this morning. Every time it happens, I think, “Someday I will write about this!” Today’s the day. As I sit at my kitchen table having my breakfast and planning my day, the first beam of sunlight pours through the window. I’m enjoying the beauty of the morning and look to see the…

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Your True Identity

We all desperately need assurance that we are accepted and loved, not based on what others think or say; not based on the expectations of others or ourselves; not based on our performance. We were created imago dei—in the image of God! Our amazing Creator God, formed us and breathed life into us. He gave us a…

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