Practice: Fasting

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’…

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Practice: Meditation

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked . . . But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and…

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The Christmas Gift of Vulnerability

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth….

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Christmas Pregame

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:41 NIV I love the story of leading…

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Foodie Favorites: Do the Mandoline Slaw

Friday, October 12, 2018

In the hectic seasons of life, my salads have evolved from lettuce-based salads into “what’s-in-my-produce-drawer-today-salads.” Frankly, I got bored with soggy, lettuce salads from a bag. Give me…

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Waking up to the Real Battle

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy 4:12-22

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Introduction: I can’t believe our study of II Timothy is ending. What a rich gift in this letter Paul recited – mostly likely to his friend Luke –…

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Tuesdays In II Timothy 4:6-11

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Introduction Paul lived in a time not unlike our culture which bombarded people with false truth, causing many to turn away from the gospel and turn to self-absorption….

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Tuesdays in 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Introduction Have you ever felt inadequate to finish the race? You started out strong, but the competition is fierce, and you feel like you don’t have what it…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy 3:1-9

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Introduction As I continue to read II Timothy, Paul’s deep commitment and love for his friend, Timothy blows me away. He cuts to the heart of what is…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy 2:24-26

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Introduction In June and July we dug into the first and second chapters of II Timothy. We are half way through Paul’s final thoughts before he departed this…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy Chapter 1:11-19

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Introduction Have you ever had a friend remind you of who you and urge you on towards your destiny with the very words you have used to encourage…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy 2: 5-10

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Introduction How has a dear friend who has endured a suffering similar to your own encouraged you? Doesn’t having a friend say, “I have been there too” make…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy 2:1-4

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Introduction: Sacred sisters, we spent time in the month of June studying chapter 1 of II Timothy using the Inductive Bible Study Method. Whether you have been on…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy Chapter 1:12-14

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Introduction Who do you trust with your life?  This Tuesday with Timothy reveals the foundation of Paul’s strength and motivation to shamelessly suffer for the gospel, the only…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy 1:8-11

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Introduction Does the gospel embarrass you? This Tuesday with Timothy exhorts us to throw off embarrassment and embrace suffering for the gospel. After his fourth missionary journey and…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy 1:1-7

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

It’s Tuesday June 5th which means time to kick off our online study, TUESDAYS in II TIMOTHY through September 4th. Sacred Sisters, I understand it can be intimidating…

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Secure Connection Through Prayer

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

“If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who…

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God Sees Our Need for Encouragement

Thursday, May 24, 2018

“Encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Did not realize how sensitive the head is until I experienced a head injury a few months…

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The Faith Test

Monday, May 21, 2018

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45 NKJV Thank you for going…

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God sees Our Desires and Failures

Monday, April 30, 2018

“In the spring at the time when kings go off to war, …. David remained in Jerusalem.” 2 Samuel 11:1 How can God seeing our struggle with our…

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God sees you

Monday, February 26, 2018

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:1-2 A…

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“Do you feel seen by God?”

Friday, January 26, 2018

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” (Isaiah 41:10) About to…

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Joseph’s Role in the Christmas Story

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Joseph, to whom she (Mary) was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As…

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The Justice of God

Saturday, December 16, 2017

“God will credit to him righteousness – for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” (Romans 4:24) We don’t have to look…

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Transformative Community for Boys with Absent Fathers

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“You are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14 In October, I celebrated the power of community to transform the lives of boys with absent fathers at the…

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Conflict is not a bad thing

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19 We don’t have to look far to find conflict from our kitchens,…

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Love in the Hands and Feet of First Responders

Thursday, September 14, 2017

“ ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

“Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 Have you been in a place outside of your regular morning routine when you heard sad…

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The Invisible Woman

Thursday, July 27, 2017

“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  She had a sister called Mary, who was…

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Encouragement that we will see Loved Ones again

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

“We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14…

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Forgiveness based on God’s Mercy or our Merit

Friday, June 16, 2017

“I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47 If I follow our culture’s…

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Is It Wrong to Have Longings?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.” Psalm 119:20 I live in a constant state of longing. I can’t think of a time…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6 I don’t know about you, but drawing boundaries with my…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6) Graduating from Baylor University in the mid-90’s I assumed like my friends that I would marry in a few…

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Perseverance of Children from Divorced Homes

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

“For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” Psalm 71:5 The excitement of freshly sharpened pencils and a new backpack during the…

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Our Invitation into His Story on the Second Sunday after Epiphany

Thursday, January 19, 2017

“They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.” Isaiah 35:2 Sunday, January 15, 2017 commemorates the 2nd Sunday of the Epiphany season. Derived…

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Childhood Christmas Tradition

Friday, December 16, 2016

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7 The station wagon was filled with dolls, Transformers, building blocks, stuffed animals, and an Atari game…

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Strength to Embrace yet another Closed door

Friday, November 11, 2016

“It is God who arms me with strength.” 2 Samuel 22:33 What are some of the biggest closed doors in your life? Things look like they are going…

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The Mystery of Good/Hard

Monday, October 31, 2016

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter…

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Mystery of how God uses imperfect people to accomplish His Will

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19…

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Surprised by Comfort

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our…

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Holding onto God’s Faithfulness

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

“But, the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” 2nd Thessalonians 3:3 After a sunny summer day of sailing, we arrived…

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Surprised by Prejudice

Thursday, July 14, 2016

“Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.” Proverbs 10:12 In response to the horrific tragedies in Dallas just a few miles from my home for…

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“The Pursuit of Being Real in a Digital Culture”

Saturday, June 18, 2016

“He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” Proverbs 21:21 Limit “screen time” for “face-to-face time.” In a world of consistent connectivity through text, Skype,…

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Storming Heaven for A Miracle

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mary’s Story:  Lying on the sonographer’s table I anticipated the technician’s smiling commentary on how great my baby looked. Instead she focused on his abdomen for what seemed…

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Healing from Shame

Friday, May 13, 2016

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 Are you ashamed of your life choices? Do you…

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Living Purposefully

Thursday, April 14, 2016

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 Finding…

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Victory at the Buzzer

Thursday, March 17, 2016

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4 The game was tied, and…

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Love in the Big Bear Hug

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

“Love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:22 Driving down the highway with the city fading in my rearview mirror, I breathed in deeply, releasing the…

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What Gets You Out of Bed?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We love because He first loved us. I John 4:19 Buzz, Buzz, the dreaded sound of the alarm. Stammering out of the bed still half sleep, I feel…

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You can do anything for 90 seconds

Thursday, December 17, 2015

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its…

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Overcoming Failure

Monday, November 16, 2015

“Be on your guard; stand firm in your faith; be men of courage; be strong.”                       1 Corinthians 16:13…

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A True Friend

Monday, July 13, 2015

I am 44 years old (please don’t share that with anyone). At this point in my life I know who my true friends are, and I’m very content…

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Helpful Links

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sacred Story desires to connect you and/or loved ones to resources and help in areas of need.* Although far from exhaustive, our prayer is for the following organizations…

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Helpful Links

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sacred Story desires to connect you and/or loved ones to resources and help in areas of need.* Although far from exhaustive, our prayer is for the following organizations…

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Faith Grows Through Disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20 Have you faced…

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Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad

Monday, January 26, 2015

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”   – 1 Peter 5: 6 After I graduated from The Culinary Institute…

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The Gift of Obedience

Monday, December 1, 2014

“Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted…

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Don’t Forget Peter

Monday, July 21, 2014

“The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.” Author Unknown The weight of that sentence is powerful. Betrayal is such dark and devastating…

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Do I really have to have that to be happy?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

“…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance,…

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Loss of A Dream

Friday, May 30, 2014

“You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Ps. 18:28 Recently, three close friends faced the unexpected death of a parent. I…

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Buying My Castle

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Darlene’s Story: I didn’t buy my first home until age 42 and was shocked the bank would give a 30 year loan to someone of my advanced years….

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Pork and Prunes? Yes!

Friday, January 24, 2014

When I think of relationships full of wonder, surprise, and satisfaction, one of my very favorites lies on a plate: my fatty little friend, “Porky,” and his sophisticated…

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Reminders about Relating to People

Sunday, January 5, 2014

“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.” Colossians 4:18 It’s a new year. A new chapter for our stories….

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Love of Strangers

Friday, December 13, 2013

“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Rom. 12:13 We’ve heard it before.  Seek to be Mary, not Martha. Don’t worry about “entertaining,” instead have…

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In All Things

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sacred Story is honored to hear from Judy Douglass as a guest contributor. Judy is a staff member with Cru (the Christian organization formerly known as Campus Crusade for…

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From Wheelchair to WOW

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mary’s story: Most people find it hard to believe that 10 years ago, I was in a wheelchair, barely able to lift my arm to feed myself or…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  Laura Wilcox Laura launched Sacred Story Ministries in 2012 to come alongside women as they discover and live their God-authored stories. She also points women to God’s Word as…

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Once Upon a Time

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Amy’s Story: Once upon a time … We’re all familiar with the typical fairy tale formula: girl meets man of her dreams, they instantly fall in love, get…

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