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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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Open the Doors of Grace

21 Feb

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“do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4

How we react to others’ brokenness speaks volumes. Do we circle the herd, lean in, speak truth to the one who is dying inside, struggling, wrecked, and alone; wading in and meeting our sister where she is…

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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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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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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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Hospitality | An Invitation to Gather, Love, & Share

15 Nov

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“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:13

“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9″

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2

This is the time of the year when the focus shifts and we ramp up for the coming holiday season. With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon some of us will travel; enjoying the welcome of others and some of us will host family or other visitors into our home. The emphasis is often on entertaining rather than servings. We strive for the perfect tableau, copying the impossible Pinterest tablescapes — the right china, the perfect place setting, and whimsical unique place cards. Now there is a time…

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What is Marriage Then?

4 Oct

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“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” —Matthew 19:4-6

The world focuses on marriage as an extension of the love a man and a woman feel for each other; a union based on feeling. Marriage is so much more…

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Put on the New Self | Love That Completes

13 Sep

lovegodloveothers“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” —Philippians 1:6, ESV

On the day God’s love overtook your heart and you understood what Christ’s work on the cross accomplished you became a work in progress—incomplete. Like an unfinished canvas we are…

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Make Your Mouth a Fountain of Life

23 Aug

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“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” Luke 6:45

Responding to God with thoughts, words, and deeds that magnify His glory allows our heart to overflow with His great love and abundant grace. True love for the Lord and obedience to Him is reflected when His Word controls ours. If we taste our words before we speak…

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