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we can be bold

We can be bold.
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, and through wisdom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s [...]

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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on [...]

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follow the way of love

I really, really hate to admit this, but there have been times when people get under my skin. Please forgive me. But it is true.
I get irritated, frustrated and annoyed. Bent out of shape, angry and drained.  Offended and hurt, perplexed by their behavior. It festers deep under the skin like an itch that can’t [...]

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it is well

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Looking out of the kitchen window I see gray skies. The springtime rain is more of a mist falling from [...]

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respect the path of grief

Grieving is a funny thing.
It’s amazing how you can be rolling along, smelling roses and such, and all of a sudden…BAM…it hits you. It comes out of nowhere, this longing for the old normal, and how unsteady you feel in the new normal. Maybe it’s a conversation with a friend or colleague, or maybe you’re [...]

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God is always

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Through the in’s and out’s, the upside downs’s and the right side up’s, God is always.
He’s working and refining and completing all good things for our lives.
Even in the barren seasons [...]

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it’s the little things

“…and after you have done everything, to stand…stand firm…” Ephesians 6
It’s never easy, is it?
The curveballs that come our way, the challenging people we engage with on a regular basis, the quick swipe through our social media accounts reminding us that we missed out on something, or we are obviously not as happy and fulfilled [...]

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again

I am here again,
Needing your grace again,
Pouring out my heart again,
You have proven faithful again.
I tried again,
To go my own way again,
And you drew me back again,
Your mercy sustains again.
I come weary again,
God, I’m empty and tired again,
I’m reaching for you again,
You hold me in grace again.
So desperate again,
My soul aches for your Word again,
My [...]

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ambition will get you nowhere

We strive. We push. We plan. We pursue. Through blood, sweat and tears we power on to meet our goals, fix our problems and cling to control.
In our striving, pushing, planning and pursuing, we oftentimes find ourselves empty, weary, angry and spent.
We gained, but we also lost.
Ambition will eventually fade into either self-reliance and pride, [...]

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the other side

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:15
That phrase, “triumphing over them” means “a general’s triumph who returns victorious”. (Matthew Henry’s Commentary) Think about that. Christ’s death on the cross stripped the enemy of all power and control. No longer are we captive [...]

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