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Jesus Will Not Leave You Alone

14 Mar

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“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” Romans 11:33

Unsearchable, beyond tracing out, inscrutable, unfathomable, past finding out—all words God Himself provides to describe His own character. In the midst of confusion and suffering—trials and tribulations we can only see the right now…where we are and where we have been. We may feel adrift. But He assures us He is the God who is there…

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Who Holds Your Heart?

14 Feb

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“My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.” Proverbs 23:26

There is a spiritual battle for women’s hearts and souls…a battle that exploits our deep longing to be loved, protected, secure. The world encourages us to be someone’s valentine—to give our hearts completely, relying on another to validate our self worth and fill the empty places. We may forget the other person is also a sinful fallible creature and become resentful when the fairytale ending is not achieved and our needs remain unmet. We may turn to the world; seeking…

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Holiday Detox | Review, Renew, Refocus!

31 Jan

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TACC Women’s Ministries hosted “Holiday Detox” an event designed to help us focus on reviewing our walk with Christ, renewing our commitment to Him and refocusing the use of our time and talents to accomplish the Lord’s purposes. A number of ladies came together to fellowship, share yummies, sing praises to the Lord — a big thank you to the “A” team Abby and Anna, and hear from our own Anna Lichte whose discussion led us to the feet of Jesus and…

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Poured Out Overflowing Grace

24 Jan

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“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16 (ESV)

Grace upon grace, mercy upon mercy, layers upon layers of undeserved overflowing love and favor; everlasting to everlasting…relentless, constant, infinite—began at the cross; blood spilled on behalf of humanity to satisfy the wrath of God (propitiation), Jesus…

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Love Covers Spiritual Envy

17 Jan

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“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Is it just me or do others find it difficult to view themselves through Christ. Am I the only one who distractedly picks apart areas of character or strengths feeling like it is impossible to measure up to some ideal? Has anyone else thought, “Why can’t I be more like..?”

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Resolutions | Real SOULutions

3 Jan

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And sustain me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12

It is popular to usher in the New Year with resolve and proclamations about making changes and achieving goals. The feeling of renewal and fresh starts symbolized by the new calendar prompts many of us to focus on transformation. In fact, Time Magazine reports the majority of New Years resolutions focus on personal change and that only a few (8%) of those sweeping statements and vows will be realized only to be repeated again the following year.

Why are these resolutions…

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Comparison: The Joy Thief

27 Dec

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“If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” Galatians 6:3-5

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Have you thought about the joy thief—the thing that seeks to rob of us our joy; casually, slyly, diverting our attention from the Lord to our accomplishments and possessions that don’t quite measure up?

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Comparison not only steals our joy it weakens our faith; drawing us into the shade of self and the shadows where discontent…

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Love in Action | the Gift of Encouragement

20 Dec

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“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10: 24-25

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Come along side your Sisters this Christmas season to teach, comfort, and strengthen. Lift those who are struggling under the weight of unfulfilled expectations that often accompany this time of year…

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When the Holidays are Hard…Make Room

13 Dec

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“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

The Christmas holiday season represents generosity and beauty wrapped up in the very presence of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The hymns and carols we sing during this time of year focus on peace, joy, hope, comfort, and the incarnation and its glorious implication for humanity — the lyrics highlight the turning point in which God entered into our history cloaked in flesh; humbled (Philippians 2:8).

“God first enveloped Himself in mortal form and tabernacled among the sons of men!” — Charles Spurgeon.

We look back to that first expectant waiting and look ahead to His coming again. We long for…

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Feeling Gratitude, Giving Thanks

22 Nov

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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5

As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday many of us are readying ourselves for the simultaneous joy and apprehension that often accompanies the gathering of families. Perhaps you picture the Rockwellian family ideal ― breaking bread, gathering, sharing, reflecting, loving togetherness or maybe instead, your table…

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