When a Shaky Heart Loses Faith to Stand ?>

When a Shaky Heart Loses Faith to Stand

While driving to work one day last week – it was Tuesday – I had no reason to suspect it wouldn’t be like every other morning’s commute. I drove the same roads, passed the same neighborhoods and schools and crossed the same train tracks that occasionally interject an unwelcomed delay. As I neared the final intersection before reaching my workplace, I didn’t know that in mere moments, lives would be forever changed. When approaching that intersection from the side road, it’s a…

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It’s Time to Change How You See ‘New’ in Your Life ?>

It’s Time to Change How You See ‘New’ in Your Life

I doubt I’m alone in saying that I especially enjoy new things – new clothes, shoes, hairstyles. I’ll take new paint on the walls and newly washed sheets any day of the week! Do you know why we like new things? Because they energize us and inspire a new excitement about ourselves and our situations. New arouses the fresh flavor of hopeful within the tired and mundane. Sometimes, though, this love of all things new can get us into trouble…

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Finding Sufficient Courage in the Darkest Days of Marriage ?>

Finding Sufficient Courage in the Darkest Days of Marriage

Maybe things will work out, change, be different. And maybe soon. Maybe he’ll be who I need him to be, and I will be someone who’s good for him. Maybe. Just maybe? Never did I think I would become one of many in the vast sea of divorcees. I didn’t tuck the option in my vail as a backup plan while walking down the aisle. But I, we, also didn’t take precautions to safeguard our hearts from this devourer. And…

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FORGIVENESS: Discovering Freedom ?>

FORGIVENESS: Discovering Freedom

My dad was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago. Sadly, so many can relate to that feeling of having the wind knocked out of you at the sound of such news. When this reality pierces the bubble of our seemingly invincible world, our paradigm shifts. Very quickly, the inconsequential is weeded out, leaving the truly valuable remaining. This holds true even when estrangement is involved. Dad’s words and actions crushed my spirit very early on, and I carried unforgiveness…

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How to Awaken Your Spirit to Live Real NOW ?>

How to Awaken Your Spirit to Live Real NOW

Who am I? I’m not alone in asking this age-old question. Speaking from experience, following the wrong path for the answer is like going down a rabbit trail of deception and dead ends. Even as Christians, culture’s propaganda subtly mesmerizes our minds to mesh with its beliefs, and we allow this in spite of having heard the truth. What is our hope, then, to awaken from this trance and begin living life as our real selves? Here are three actions I’ve…

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How Every Believer Can Live in Freedom NOW ?>

How Every Believer Can Live in Freedom NOW

It’s simple to react positively to the joyful occasions. But we must be attentive when disappointment comes and realize that the event itself and our reaction to it can create an emotional and spiritual wound, forming a wedge between ourselves and others – including God. In John 16:33, we are promised many trials and sorrows on this earth. But without guidance, protection and peace from the One who has overcome, we can be trapped by hurts, wounds and dashed expectations, resulting in…

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12 Authentic Ways to Be Known By Your Faith ?>

12 Authentic Ways to Be Known By Your Faith

In a world obsessed with appearances and good impressions, I’ve been known to sip the Kool-Aid and play the game a time or two. Maybe three. Or fifty-gazillion – but no more than that. Recently I was thinking about what I would like to be known for. Or better yet, what God would have me be known for. Is it that I’m polished, savvy and have my act together? Yes, that’s it! No, that’s not it. Because I’ve realized I’d rather be known for…

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How to Embrace God’s Purpose for Your Life NOW ?>

How to Embrace God’s Purpose for Your Life NOW

Time is ever-present; sometimes we simply don’t acknowledging its existence. “I’m here”, time says. Yet I lose it. All the while it surrounds me – my living, my being.  Sometimes I cheapen it with agenda or, even worse, apathy. Other times I grasp it so tight until it smothers. It’s so faithfully here, no matter how often I take it for granted. And without fail, it is…NOW. Even the smallest tick is expectant with divine encounters, humbly awaiting our mindfulness. The present….

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