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God’s Not Done

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Growing up, my mom had this plant in our backyard called a Purple Heart. Purple Heart spreads like wildfire and grows anywhere. It is some pretty resilient stuff, and I’ve always liked it. Last summer, my little boy accidentally broke a pretty large branch off of one of her plants. Rather...

Your Resume Doesn't Matter

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I love the story of Nehemiah, but I think one of my favorite parts of the story is a piece that is often overlooked. Check out Nehemiah 7:1–2 Now when the wall had been built and I set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, I gave my brother...

Christmas 2020

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Nothing about 2020 has been normal, and for most, Christmas is no exception. Whether you have chosen to gather with family and friends this year, or you have made the hard choice to stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID, things are not the same. When our world is disrupted, it can lead to...

Value in Contentment

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I have never been one who needs a lot of Christmas gifts or many things in general. Christmas gift-giving took on a whole new meaning, however, when I started celebrating it with kids. I have a 21-month-old little boy who is at a super-fun stage in life. Everything is new and exciting. He is...

Joy in the Sorrow

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I’ve been reading a book recently by Matt Chandler called Joy in the Sorrow, and it’s from there that I pulled many of today’s thoughts. None of us are immune to sadness. If you are in the middle of a challenging time or want to be proactive and prepare for a difficult season...

God Wants to Use You

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I think that, at one time or another, every Christian has asked, “How do I know what God wants me to do?” I like to answer that question with a question: “How do you know what kind of pizza your kid likes?” The answer is one of two things, either: 1. We have eaten enough...

You Choose Your Response

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“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl I absolutely love the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Without giving much away, Frankl...

Trust and Obey

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My favorite picture of trust in all of Scripture is in Genesis 22. God tells Abraham to “take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:2). Can...

God Redeems Our Suffering

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“… In the world you will have tribulation…” — John 16:33 Scripture is full of promises. This one is my least favorite. In John 15–16, Jesus talks about the suffering that will occur for believers. Loss, grief, the pain of childbirth, being “pruned...

Putting in the Work

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I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. — Galatians 2:20 I used to read this verse and find myself feeling a mixture of...

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