A Recipient of Extravagant Grace

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By contributing writer, Ami By now I’m sure your Christmas preparations are well underway. Twinkling lights, trees, wrapping paper, cookies, hot chocolate, wreaths, ribbons, shopping, carols, traditions… It’s a delightful hustle and bustle. I love it. I absolutely do. But sometimes I start to forget the main thing. Maybe you do too? Well, come sit for a minute, grab a cup of coffee, and slow Continue Reading

On Sin and Joy and the Power of the Gospel

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"And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." ~Nehemiah 8:10b The joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord. When I am weak, the answer is joy. When I am grieved over my sin, the answer is joy. Joy of and in the Lord. On that shower floor, nearly twenty years ago I confessed my sin before God and asked Him to save me. By my confession and by the grace of God in the person and Continue Reading

4 Ways To Beat Discontentment

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Image from Flickr.com By contributing writer, Jane For much of this year, I've struggled with a general feeling of discontentment. I've spent most of my time hoping and praying for new things to happen: a new baby, a new house, new friends, a new church, restored health. I've shared all the desires of my heart with God and waited in expectation. But as weeks, then months, went by without Continue Reading

Not My Will but Your Will Be Done

When you come to the end of the day, can you say, "Not my will, but Your will be done"?

"If you are not living in touch with God, it is easy to blame Him or pass judgment on Him. You must go through the trial before you have any right to pronounce a verdict, because by going through the trial you learn to know God better. God is working in us to reach His highest goals until His purpose and our purpose become one." ~Oswald Chambers At the end of the day, when I close the computer Continue Reading

Reclaiming Hashtag Blessed

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By contributing writer, Ami Blessed. It’s a word that often makes my skin crawl. “I’m so blessed.” I cringe at the statement, hoping no one else can see the involuntary shudder. Blessed is a perfectly biblical word, so what’s the big deal? Aren’t you being cynical? Surely, you’re just bitter because others have what you want. Yes, sometimes it’s hard to rejoice, but there’s no cynicism Continue Reading

What Is Your Story?

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By contributing writer, Mark Each and everyone of us has a story. The big and the small events, people, and circumstances that have shaped our lives, our character, and our beliefs stand as landmarks in our lives. There is a reason for our story. We have a God who loves us and is so involved in the little details of our lives that we will never fully grasp the glory of His power, love, and Continue Reading

Our Great Need as We Live the Gospel at Home

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I think yesterday's post left something to be desired. Do I profess to know God but deny Him by my works? Do I live the Gospel at home? Better yet ... How can the Word of God fill my home when I don't know but a handful of scriptures from memory? How can I lead my children when I don't even understand the entire Bible myself? What if I'm still figuring out this whole Christianity Continue Reading

The Day My Tank of Sufficiency Maxed Out

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The days have been full as we minister in a town that is 90% unchurched, manage our work at home lives, prepare for an upcoming road trip, and attempt to create memories as a family and in our marriage. As I drove to meet a friend for coffee a few days ago, I found myself praying for strength. I cried out to the Lord to help me because everything just seemed so hard. The burdens of this world Continue Reading

How to Stay Motivated in the Mundane

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  Baby whimpers echo down the hallway awaking me from my slumber. He's hungry again, and it's time to get up to start a new day. I creep past my toddler's room, purposely skipping the top step that creaks, and retrieve my littlest from his crib. As I nurse the babe in my arms, I pray for God's strength to fill me. I pray for grace to love my babies and husband today, to ultimately live for Continue Reading

The Snare of Entitlement {Not Just a Teen Issue}

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I felt the sun streaming through the window warming my cheeks. The fan oscillated casting a gentle breeze across the room. I snuggled a little further under my blankets as I listened to the silence coming from the monitor. My husband's footsteps crept down the hallway and the smell of coffee drifted into the room. A real live day that played like a dream. When a toddler and baby live in your Continue Reading