A King, a Prince, and a Wretch

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By contributing writer, Ami  Once upon a time there was a king. Now, this king was everything a good fairy tale wants. He was powerful, but also good. He was just, but also merciful. He was wise, faithful, and fiercely protective of his kingdom. And he loved his citizens, not as one aloof or stoic, but with passion and vehemence, as if they were sons and daughters. One day the king called for Continue Reading

9 Ways to Love Your UnBelieving Husband

9 Ways to Love Your UnBelieving Husband | Being married to a non-Christian has it's challenges, but it also has many opportunities to show extraordinary love. | IntentionalByGrace.com

By contributing writer, Amy For many years, I was married to an unbeliever, a non-Christian. We were certain we were made for each other, and we built a family together, complete with house and kids. Oh, how I loved that man! He made me smile at the very thought of him. He laughed at my stupid jokes and told me I was beautiful, even when I thought otherwise. We saw most things eye-to-eye, Continue Reading

You Will Find Rest for Your Souls

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By contributing writer, Ami My fingers and toes were ice, but my face was flushed and hot. Wrapped in a blanket, wearing several layers, including socks and slippers, I could not get warm. The tell tale signs were like stealth fighters. spies on a covert mission. Try as I might to thwart them, I merely slowed their progress. The tactic changed. It was a full-on frontal assault, a barrage of Continue Reading

Taking Time to Refocus on What Really Matters

Taking Time to Refocus on What Really Matters | How to take a break to focus on lasting change. | IntentionalByGrace.com

  By contributing writer, Amy If you spend much time in a grocery store checkout line this month, you're sure to see some rather uninventive headlines about reinventing yourself. They're all promising the secret to a better, healthier, more organized you. The funny thing is that they read very much like the headlines from last year...and the year before that...and the year before Continue Reading

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