How to Flourish

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

“The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the…

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Praise the Lord, Oh my Soul!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your…

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Chasing Away Fear and Shame

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

“I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces shall never be…

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Trusting As the Waters Rise

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.  You are my…

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Your Purpose Stands Firm

Friday, September 20, 2019

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;…

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You are Loved and Not Alone

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

“But I pray to you, Lord, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.” (Psalm 69:13) What a…

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Final Week: Philippians 4:14-23

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Warm up for the Hike  Consider sharing a memory you have of a time someone gave you an amazing gift. For me, it was a Pink Puppy Bike…

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Week 12: Philippians 4:8-13

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  Warm Up Before the Hike Share with your friend(s) an area where you struggle to find contentment or an area where you’ve learned to live in contentment….

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Week 11: Philippians 4:1-7

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Warm Up before the Hike Share within your small group or if not in a group, share with a trusted friend the thing that causes you the most…

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Week 9: Philippians 3:1-11

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Warm-Up Before the Hike: Consider sharing something about your life that is a beautiful surprise and something challenging you never expected. Introduction: Have you ever stopped to consider how…

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Week 10: Philippians 3:12-21

Monday, July 29, 2019

Introduction Have you ever run a marathon?  If so, the training is hard but on the day of the run, when you you cross the finish line, it…

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Week 8: Philippians 2:19-30

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Warm Up Before the Hike: Consider sharing a high and low from the week along with something fun you enjoy doing with friends or family in the summer….

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Week 7: Philippians 2:12-18

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Warm up for the Hike  Consider sharing highs and lows from this week. After this, consider sharing with one another what you are thankful for.  Introduction  I hope…

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Week 6: Philippians 2:5-11

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Warm Up Before the Hike Share with your friend(s) one of your most embarrassing or humiliating moments. Introduction Last week Edna pointed to the unity we have as…

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Week 5: Philippians 2:1-4

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Warm Up Before the Hike The photo above was submitted by Lori who lives in San Antonio while on a hike in Tennessee. She is participating in the…

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Week 4: Philippians 1:19-30

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Warm Up Before the Hike Consider sharing highs and lows of the week, then download the app, AllTrails.  Find a trail near you and set a date to…

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Week 3: Philippians 1:12-18

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Warm Up Before the Hike Consider sharing highs and lows of the week, and maybe share your favorite summertime memory from growing up too. Introduction Welcome sisters to…

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Week 2: Philippians 1:1-11

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Warm Up before the Hike    Consider sharing highs and lows of the week Introduction Last week we surveyed the overall journey and gathered our gear to depart…

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Week 1: Introduction to Philippians

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hi ladies, I am excited about our hike through the book of Philippians this summer. As we climb deeper into the Scripture, I am expectant to see beautiful…

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Practice: Rest

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

NOTE: This important message from Edna Lee wraps up our series on Praise and Practice. Next week we will launch our summer study on the book of Philippians….

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Praise: God is Truth

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.” John 14:6 Every year Oxford Dictionary declares a word of…

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Practice: Study Philippians With Us

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 11:3  (NASB). …

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Praise: God is Wise

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of…

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Practice: Study (News for the summer!)

Friday, May 3, 2019

“. . .like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,” I Peter 2:2 A dear friend…

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Praise: God is Love

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16a). Love makes the world go round. All you need…

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Practice: Submission

Friday, April 19, 2019

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Lk 22:42) Before Jesus’s crucifixion, his…

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Practice: Simplicity

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

 “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 11:3  (NASB)…

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Praise: God is Just

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!…

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Praise: Faithfulness

Thursday, March 28, 2019

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”     Hebrews 10:23 Anyone else feeling encouraged and convicted with me after reading…

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Practice: Service

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”                         I Corinthians 3:9 The…

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Praise: God is Sovereign

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

“The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” Ps. 103:19 Many people believe in fate, chance and karma. What goes around, comes…

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Practice: Confession

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in…

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Praise: God is All-Knowing

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A few years ago, I vacationed at a remote cottage, three miles from the nearest home, surrounded only by vineyards and rolling hills. It was a true place of rest – no cell service, no…

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Practice: Worship

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Psalm 84:10, “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell…

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The Sacred Story Podcast Launches

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sacred Story’s Podcast Launches TODAY! How do you think about life and God when your story goes in a direction you didn’t expect? Join us for our first…

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Praise: God is Unchanging

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and not act, or promise and…

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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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Praise: God is All-Powerful

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life a godly life…” (Eph. 3:20). Power. Something humans have craved since the beginning of time. Physical strength,…

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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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Our Holy God: Praise & Practice

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

“. . .day and night they never cease to say, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8…

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

Monday, December 24, 2018

Your sweetest aroma arrived on earth Leaving fragrant trails wherever You went Reminding us of how much we are worth Giving Yourself as an offering, Heaven sent We…

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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 Favorite: Re-creations from Mexican Rice

Monday, November 26, 2018

We ordered take-out fajitas the other night and had plenty of Spanish rice leftover. Eating reheated rice by itself just wasn’t jazzing my palate the other night as…

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Standing Firm & Speaking Up

Monday, November 19, 2018

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray…

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All Dressed Up so. . .Now What?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all…

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Foodie Favorites: Reboot Brew

Friday, November 9, 2018

Around 3 pm, I fear I am going to fall asleep at the carpool wheel. I have had some close calls so now, before charging out the door…

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Protect Your Head & Pick Up Your Sword

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

“…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.” Eph. 6:17 For the last few weeks we have studied critical components of the armor of…

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Fighting Spiritual Battles

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

“And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which…

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Fighting A Battle In God’s Strength

Saturday, October 27, 2018

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle…

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Foodie Favorite: Move over Butter. Try Coconut Oil.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

I enjoy tinkering with oils and vinegars, not only for salads, but for all kinds of applications. I realize cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil has been touted…

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Foodie Favorites: Jello Salad and Frito Pie Revival

Friday, October 19, 2018

Anyone remember the days of gelatin salads and Frito pie? I love strolling down what I call, Food Memory Lane, and recreating tastes from the past. When I…

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Belt of Truth and Breastplate of Righteousness

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place…” Eph 6:14 NIV I ❤️NY. I always imagined living…

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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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Standing Firm in the Evil Day

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 10:13 “I really…

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Foodie Favorite: Chalupas for Easy Entertaining

Friday, October 5, 2018

When I lived in Houston, I took a Spanish conversation class and was invited over to my teacher’s home for the closing class party where she served “Tostadas.”…

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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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Foodie Favorites: The “Manning Mango”

Friday, September 28, 2018

In my mind, the start of football season means the arrival of my favorite mango, the Keitt mango. While shopping at HEB yesterday, I spotted that long-awaited tall…

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Victory in the Unseen

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the…

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Standing Strong in Your Story

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”  Ephesians 6:10 We must learn to stand strong in our stories.  We must decide to stand in…

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101 Christianity

Thursday, September 13, 2018

     II Timothy calls us to invest in others as we live our story through spiritual multiplication. This principle of a believer’s faith being multiplied into people…

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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 II Timothy 4:1-6

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Introduction: Two weeks ago Brandi reminded us that we must continue to run our race even though we will endure all kinds of hardship in this world. The…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy Leaving a Legacy

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hi sisters, I want to pause in our study of the book of II Timothy to consider what it means to leave a legacy. Myself along with eight…

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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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Faith to Move Forward

Friday, July 27, 2018

“Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come, it will not delay…  the righteous person will live by faith.” Habakkuk 2:4 Habakkuk and I share a…

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Tuesdays in II Timothy 2:20-23

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Introduction Last week Brandi reminded us that we need the foundational truths of the Gospel to be firmly rooted in our hearts. What we experience now has consequences…

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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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Tuesday in II Timothy 1:15-18

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Introduction Paul has been encouraging Timothy in many things at the beginning of this letter. He has affirmed Timothy’s faith, encouraged him to not be afraid and then…

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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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Tuesdays in II Timothy: June 4th to Sept. 4th

Monday, June 4, 2018

Hi sacred sisters, we are excited to spend time with you on the blog this summer, diving into the book of II Timothy! Every Tuesday for 14 weeks,…

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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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Preparing for the Impossible Part II

Thursday, May 10, 2018

 “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive…

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Learning to Read the Bible Again: Thoughts from a Recovering Legalist

Monday, May 7, 2018

“…Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matt. 4:4 Some time in my twenties I made the…

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How am I? No, I AM.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22 At the turn of the new year, the…

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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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Preparing for the Impossible, Part I

Friday, April 20, 2018

“What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she…

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My Undergarment

Saturday, March 31, 2018

“When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven…

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More of Jesus: A Progress Report

Friday, March 30, 2018

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  Ps. 61:2…

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Faith Forges Ahead

Friday, March 23, 2018

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 The Lord has a specific plan for each of our lives. When…

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Easter Reminds Us All Things Are Possible

Monday, March 19, 2018

I am pondering on my “possible” theme for 2018 and the pursuit of a Heavenly Father who makes all things possible. I think about how He beckons me…

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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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Resolutely Now

Thursday, February 22, 2018

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 My desire is to know the end from the beginning. I begin…

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A Person Just Like Us

Monday, February 19, 2018

Meeting Jonathan is where it all began, where my desire and passion to share stories about real life people started. I knew if people from the United States…

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Moving “Possible” Mountains

Friday, February 16, 2018

“. . .Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will…

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A Prayer for 2018: More of Jesus

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Raise your hand if you are starting the new year feeling a little overwhelmed with life. If your hand is up, rest assured I’m right there with you….

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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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Will I find faith in the earth?

Friday, January 19, 2018

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 When was the last time you were stunned by captivating beauty created…

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Word of the Year: Possible

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 I was enjoying dinner with girlfriends after Christmas….

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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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Do you have peace?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

“And this will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly…

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