“God prepared me for this.” I penned those words in my journal last night, and I know it deep in my soul. That doesn’t mean it’s painless or that I won’t have doubts. It will be difficult and scary, but it will be really good sometimes, too. I’ve been in dark places before. And now…

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The newest book by Marlena Graves, The Way Up is Down: Becoming Yourself by Forgetting Yourself is a beautiful call to a life of seeing and serving, and growing closer to Jesus. It’s a beautiful call, but not an easy one. From the beginning, the author lets us in on what it will cost us…

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Recovering From Biblical Manhood & Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose, the newest book by Aimee Byrd, confronts a teaching that she believes started with good intentions but now “chokes the growth of God’s people.” Until I read her book, I didn’t know about the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. After…

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Who could have known 2020 would be defined by a global pandemic, causing us to rethink everything we thought we knew? All of us are affected in different ways by the pandemic. Some slightly, others drastically. Whether we admit it or not, it’s changed our lives and nothing will ever be the same. And we’re…

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Today is Maundy or “mandate” Thursday. It was this day Jesus gave the new command. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another”  John 13:34 A lot happened between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Sunday and him washing…

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Here we are again. The end of another year, and the end of another decade. Ten years ago, my life was entirely different than what it is now. Okay, not entirely different. But different. I won’t try to recap the decade, only 2019. The year brought it’s opportunities and challenges and I’m better for both.…

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I’ll say it again…I thought I’d never read another book about time management. Life had other plans. I’m in a new season of life, and I have more free time than ever. It’s a wonderful position to be in until I realized I waste a lot of it. I thought I’d wrangled my time wasting…

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I said I’d never read another book about time management. I don’t need another book to tell me how to organize my life or how to save time. Can time be saved and stored up for later anyway? It’s not like we can withdraw a large chunk of it from a time bank when we…

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The basement smelled funny and and the fluorescent lights made it brighter than it needed to be. The few of us were scattered all over the large, center room of the basement. We kept to ourselves and we drew our pictures and colored our papers on the long rectangle tables. Mom was in a meeting…

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It was dark when I drove into the park. I thought I was alone until I saw a young man walking on the edge of the parking lot. He wasn’t dressed for exercise. The backpack he carried looked heavy for his thin frame. I couldn’t see his face but I could tell he was anxious.…

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