Christian Living · encouragement · Forgiveness · The Word of God

Taking Action Against Sin

People used to say things like, "the devil made me do it," or "I can't help it, I was born this way!" Even in the Garden of Eden, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. The facts remain clear: our own desire lures us into sin.

encouragement · Marriage and Family

Encouragement for the Discouraged Homeschooler

The kids aren't alright, and neither is mom. Exasperated sighs and groans cover each math lesson. Tear drops glisten across those essay rough drafts. Mom's hair is standing on end and there just isn't enough coffee or chocolate in the world to combat her stress or exhaustion. Welcome to notorious November. Mid-year, many of us… Continue reading Encouragement for the Discouraged Homeschooler

God's Love · Knowing God · Thankfulness

Another trip around the Sun!

I've seen a lot of life over the past several years. Travel. College. Marriage. Market crashes. Miscarriage. Children. Career changes. Relocation. (A LOT of relocation) Loss. Laughter. Change seems inevitable. They say the only two constants in life are death and taxes, but I disagree; God is the only true constant. Whether we follow Him… Continue reading Another trip around the Sun!

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Why we all need accountability partners to keep our faith strong

Near the beginning of 2018, a friend invited me to a small Facebook group comprised of people seeking to eat healthier and be more physically fit. For the month of March, the administrator posted a challenge for us to meet a daily step count or mileage goal. Prior to this challenge, I had been hitting… Continue reading Why we all need accountability partners to keep our faith strong

Christian Living · encouragement

When I Don’t Feel Like Trying Anymore

I was one of the millions of people blown away by Mandy Harvey's inspiring performance on America's Got Talent. Mandy, 29, explained to the judges that she had been singing since the age of four, but due to a connective tissue disorder, she lost her hearing at age 18. As an amateur musician and avid… Continue reading When I Don’t Feel Like Trying Anymore

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Finish strong (Day 26 of the #encourage marathon)

Someday we will finish our race of life. It could be today. I need to live today as though I will die tomorrow. I need to live for God with every breath and every thought.

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Don’t look back! (Day 24 of the #encourage marathon)

While I was driving with a highway patrolmen, he would spot things way up ahead and make a maneuver that made no immediate sense to me. It always turned out to be a wise maneuver. He was adept at making turns at higher speeds without sudden braking and he could wheedle his way through traffic without incident---all because he was trained to drive with a higher focus. Don't look back on life with rose-colored glasses; look ahead with a high visual horizon.

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Keep on fighting (day 23 of the #encourage marathon)

Someone out there is tired of fighting. It might even be you.

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Prepare yourself (Day 20 of the #encourage marathon)

"The only easy day was yesterday." - US Navy Seals. When a soldier prepares for battle, he or she "suits up." They go through a process (usually the same process they've established each time) of putting each piece of gear in place---Undershirt, uniform shirt, pants, duty belt/gear belt, boots, bullet-proof vest, ammunition, helmet, and weapon(s). This process of preparation is vital, as each battle brings different challenges. A soldier must be in constant readiness.

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Be Strong (Day 19 of the #encourage marathon)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the… Continue reading Be Strong (Day 19 of the #encourage marathon)