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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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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Community requires Courage

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” John 10:14 I’m the kind of person who just gets life done. If there’s…

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Community, Pirouettes, and truths from Hebrews

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,…

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Koinonia Texting

Sunday, November 19, 2017

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Recently I’ve been reading a book called “Body Life” by…

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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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Hurricanes Make Community Happen

Monday, November 13, 2017

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came…

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Who is Your Shepherd?

Friday, October 27, 2017

  “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want..” Psalm 23:1 KJV    The first time I read this, I was so confused. “The LORD is my…

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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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No One Lives Outside The Floodplain

Monday, September 25, 2017

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure…

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Abuse in the Bible

Thursday, September 21, 2017

“No, my brother!” She (Tamar) cried. “Don’t’ be foolish! Don’t do this to me! Such wicked things aren’t done in Israel.”  2 Samuel 13:12 The Bible is a…

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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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Weathering the Storm with Christ

Friday, September 1, 2017

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are…

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Lonely in A Crowd and By Myself

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I think about the times when I’ve experienced loneliness. Sometimes it’s been in a large crowd and other times it’s been when I am by myself. Loneliness is…

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Lonely with 1,000 Friends

Thursday, August 17, 2017

“No one has greater love than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (Jn.15:3) I recently hit the “400” mark for number of friends I…

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Loneliness

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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You too?

Monday, July 31, 2017

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” Hebrews 10:24 Women encouraging women in every chapter. This is the heart…

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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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The Secret to Happiness

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.” Psalm 84:5 NIV Do you know the translation of the original Hebrew word…

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Women Encouraging Women: Share Your Story

Thursday, July 20, 2017

“What IS in that box?” My friend asked while lending a hand during my recent move – realizing the box was heavier than it looked. “It’s my encouragement…

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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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Steps Toward Forgiveness

Friday, June 30, 2017

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one…

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Forgiveness is (often) a One-Way Street

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Col. 3:13 At Sacred Story…

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The Forgiveness Challenge

Monday, June 26, 2017

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Romans…

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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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When It’s Time to Forgive Ourselves

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).  I have…

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Making Peace with People Who Hurt You

Monday, June 12, 2017

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 I am a middle child; in fact, I cannot be…

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The Perils of Unforgiveness

Monday, June 5, 2017

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Mt. 5:44) I recently read an article about a woman named Shaynna who enterered…

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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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Does God Care About What I Like?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them  “Lord, please show me again that…

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When Restorative Justice is not Possible

Monday, May 8, 2017

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24) I am grateful for the efforts that are happening today for victims and…

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Thoughts on shopping, drinking and other touchy subjects

Thursday, April 27, 2017

“Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Gal. 5:16 Howard Hendricks, my favorite seminary professor, wisely said, “You need to say…

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Security Systems

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

“If you make the most high your dwelling – even the LORD, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near…

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Boundaries

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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Do Your Boundaries Love or Self-Protect?

Monday, April 10, 2017

“Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.” (Proverbs 10:12) “What is love? Baby don’t hurt me. Don’t hurt me. No more.” As I have been reflecting…

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Unseen Battles During Easter

Thursday, April 6, 2017

“In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.” Colossians 2:15 Easter arrives on our…

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Singleness and the Sovereignty of God

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your…

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Marriage and Obedience

Friday, March 24, 2017

I admit, I wanted to be married. I jumped right in with an amateur’s mindset. I had loads of energy and enthusiasm and a desire to actively love,…

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Marriage: Bunny slopes and double blacks

Monday, March 20, 2017

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it…

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Singleness

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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Living with Singleness

Monday, March 13, 2017

Do not fear disgrace. . . You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is…

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Strengthening Your Marriage When Life is Chaotic

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

“…let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Eph. 5:33) These past couple of months have…

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The Rest We Really Need

Monday, February 27, 2017

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” Is. 30:15a…

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A Beloved Daughter Instead of An Orphan

Friday, February 24, 2017

As I entered my preteen years, my younger sister landed the role of one of the orphans in the musical Annie. I remember belting out the tunes with…

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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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One’s Loss is Another’s Gain

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and…

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Change Lives this Valentine’s Day

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Star of Hope is a homeless shelter and transitional living center in Houston designed to help men and women find hope in Christ and get back on their…

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It’s Time for Your Encore

Monday, January 23, 2017

One of the greatest voices of our era knocked down a stand-up and shake-it performance in Houston last night. Her stage presence and powerful voice consumed the atmosphere…

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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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I’m Telling the World What You Do!

Friday, January 13, 2017

You’re all I want in heaven! You’re all I want on earth! When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm and faithful. Look! Those who left…

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Your Story Matters: Retreat Schedule

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday, January 26th* 5-7pm Arrival and Registration 7-8pm Dessert Reception 8-9pm Welcome and Introduction Saturday the 27th* 7:45-8:15am Optional Prayer Time (for early birds! Starbucks coffee served) 8:00-8:45…

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Christmas Songs we Need to Sing All Year Long

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and…

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