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From Why to Who

November 19, 2017 | Comments Off on From Why to Who

  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven … a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up. The seasons of killing and breaking down could possibly be the most dreaded and feared junctures in life. Death,…

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The Season of Plucking and Planting

November 12, 2017 | Comments Off on The Season of Plucking and Planting

This year God has been busy plucking up some old, dead roots and weeds in me—fear, perfectionism, people-pleasing, comfort, control—these are just a few things He’s been painfully plucking up. I know why He’s doing it. He wants to make room for a new area of ministry, but before He can launch the new, He…

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Grace and Gratitude in Every Season

November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Grace and Gratitude in Every Season

Seasons, they come and go—winter, spring, summer, fall, single, married, young, old. We welcome the happy seasons, but merely endure the sad and hard ones, begging for change in the midst of that which is difficult. Do you agree that no matter the “season” we face, there is always room for grace and gratitude? In…

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Let My Soul Live and Praise You

October 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Let My Soul Live and Praise You

We’ve made it to the end of Psalm 119. Great job, ladies! My prayer is that you have been encouraged, comforted, stretched and renewed in your walk with Christ as you’ve studied this psalm. My challenge and encouragement to us all is that our hearts and minds would continue to resonate with those of the…

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Finding Hope and Strength

October 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Finding Hope and Strength

When we are in need, we can feel… insecure inadequate uncertain fearful alone These feelings can cause us to… hesitate question pull back withdraw isolate In our verses this week we see the psalmist crying out to the Lord in a time of need. With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I…

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Foggy Thoughts and Fickle Feet

October 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Foggy Thoughts and Fickle Feet

“We make time for what we truly value. We build habits and routines around the things that really matter to us.” —C.J. Mahaney True statement. But we don’t always like to hear this when it comes to prioritizing time in God’s Word and prayer in our lives. The danger of just fitting the Word of…

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Weary and Waiting

October 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Weary and Waiting

This week in our reading of Psalm 119, I was struck by two verses in particular. Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Hold me up, and I shall be safe, And I shall observe Your statutes continually. —Psalm 119:116-117 I sensed an inner struggle…

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Sweet Words

October 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Sweet Words

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. —Psalm 119:97 In the last several weeks as we’ve read and journaled through Psalm 119, we’ve seen the psalmist pour out his heart and share his struggles. We’ve seen how he turns to the Lord and His Word for help, deliverance, safety, comfort…

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When Life’s Not Perfect

September 25, 2017 | Comments Off on When Life’s Not Perfect

Several weeks ago I was sitting on my porch enjoying a quiet morning in God’s creation. It had been a long week. I was weary. I was exhausted. I was at the end of my strength. My porch is the place I love to sit and reflect. To enjoy creation and talk things over with…

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How Do You Respond to Affliction?

September 18, 2017 | Comments Off on How Do You Respond to Affliction?

How do you feel about affliction? What is your go-to response? I admit my first reaction is usually to avoid it and run from it at all costs. I like ease and comfortability. The verses we journaled last week from Psalm 119:65-80 are rich lessons for us in our approach to and attitude toward affliction.…

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