4 Keys To Stop Your Past From Living In Your Present

4 Keys To Stop Your Past From Living In Your Present

On those days when my my deepest regrets decide to prick me, I turn to the Bible and it reminds me that my old self is dead. But, what about the days when memories of the old self come back in living color? God's word gives us 4 keys to stop our past from living in our present.

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How Do I Know God's Will For Me?...3 Biblical Truths For Direction

How Do I Know God's Will For Me?...3 Biblical Truths For Direction

Knowing God's will. I have wrestled with that monster more times in my life than I care to admit. The fingers of doubt and uncertainty tap on my shoulder to distract me whenever God wants to take me to the next level of knowing Him. How do I differentiate between not being in His will or if this is open warfare keeping me from pursuing God's will?  Here are 3 Biblical truths to keep in mind when uncertainty brings waves of self doubt and fear.

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Mama Love ... Reveling In God's Great Love Story

Mama Love ... Reveling In God's Great Love Story

Since becoming a mom a few short months ago, I feel like I’ve gotten to see a small glimpse of what God’s love for me looks like in a way I never have before. While I know God’s love for me is still pretty much incomprehensible, I think becoming a mom has shifted my perspective. It’s opened my eyes to a new kind of love that I’ve never felt before, and it began at the cross. Do you revel in God’s Great Love Story?

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Maximize the Micro-Moments in Your Marriage

Maximize the Micro-Moments in Your Marriage

The two feet between our chairs felt more like miles. How did we get here? Is it possible to experience kindness and love toward each other? Forever seems too long. I’m tired. I sat genuinely confused. How could I fix our marriage when I didn’t understand how it became broken? We hadn’t experienced a huge crisis in our marriage. So why did it feel like we disliked each other so much? Why were we simply tolerating each other? Where had the intimacy gone? Could we ever get back to a place where we were excited to be married to each other? The fact that I didn’t have a reason for our lack of connection bothered me even more. So I did some digging. And it turns out, we weren’t alone.

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The Journey Of A Praying Parent...From Wandering to Worshiping

The Journey Of A Praying Parent...From Wandering to Worshiping

Sometimes I felt as though God was just a kind hearted old fellow who could grant me my wants and desires. If I had been good enough, He would answer with blessings and when I was bad, well, I got a lump of coal in my spiritual stocking. He was a God who was kind and loving and yet so distant and harsh. My prayer routine was nothing more than simply giving Him my own list of things I needed and granting Him permission to do something about it. Like a spoiled child waiting for Christmas to come, I would demand God answer my way or I would pout.  My prayers were shallow at best, but in hindsight God even worked with those small prayers. I found I could trust Him not only with my needs and leave the outcome to Him, but I could trust Him with the soul of our newborn and the babies that were yet to come. The journey of a praying parent…

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When Forgiveness Hurts...Help For The Wounded Heart

When Forgiveness Hurts...Help For The Wounded Heart

Forgiveness is letting go of the right to retaliate for the hurt that has been done to you-it doesn't mean you forget the hurt. So, how do you forgive when someone hurts you deeply? When the heart wounds bleed deep, we can turn to the only One who shows us how to ultimately forgive. Jesus is the balm for a wounded heart and our healing for a broken past.

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Balancing Jesus and Me ... A Lesson In Distracted Devotion

Balancing Jesus and Me ... A Lesson In Distracted Devotion

I used to think I was doing really good at balancing my Jesus time and me time. Self care-you know. Then one day while I was happily having some “me time” Jesus and I had a little chat. My devotion to the Creator of the Universe was getting side stepped by a Hallmark movie and I had been ignoring my first love. My lesson in distracted devotion unfolded like this…

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How To Spot Creepers In The Church

How To Spot Creepers In The Church

Do you know how to spot a false teacher? What does the Bible say about creepers in the church who silently introduce unbiblical teaching? If you have ever felt like your church has been hijacked there is a reason. Join me as we learn how to identify false teachers and how to run to the front lines with the love of Jesus in our hearts and the Gospel on our lips. Do you know how to stand, beloved?

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When God Cried...Celebrating Christmas At The Cross

When God Cried...Celebrating Christmas At The Cross

God Himself, as a human baby, cried in the manger. What could the tears of God be for? Cries for Redemption drawing near. Cries for Salvation becoming a reality. Tears for the souls of millions of sinners who would be made right, and tears for millions who would refuse. Did baby Jesus cry because He knew the cross was His reason for living, and for dying?

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The Day Worship Became My New Normal

The Day Worship Became My New Normal

Intimate worship. There is simply no better place to be than in His presence, continually washed by His grace. Swimming in His sea of redemption. Being surrounded by His protection. Feeling His embrace and seeking His comfort. Knowing the security of being engulfed in His sanctification. What passion needs to awaken inside your soul that will enable you to worship God more intimately?

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God's View From My Garden

God's View From My Garden

Yes, it was just an ordinary, simple farm garden, but it was there I learned God loves just the ordinary, authentic me. I have a heart that is just like my garden. A little bit fancy on the outside and a whole lot of weeds on the inside. It is pleasantly productive and particularly pitiful all at the same time. That is just how my life is sometimes. I live in the flesh, and it is a mess, yet God still chooses to use me and produce fruit from which others benefit. I am thankful He faithfully deals with the sinful weeds choking the life out of me by pulling them out by the root  and not just mowing them off the surface.

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How To Feel Secure In A World That's Not

How To Feel Secure In A World That's Not

The world tells us our security is in the temporary. Money, achievement, a house, and family all tell us how we can gain and measure our worth and social status. It is a dark veil that the world puts over our eyes to dictate who we think we are and how good we are at being ourselves. Somehow we traded innocence for the insecurity and our lives are falling apart. How can I find security?

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The Day God Sent Me a Letter...About Fear

The Day God Sent Me a Letter...About Fear

I was in the middle of cruising through a good Bible study, bee-bopping in time with the sunshine when God ran me into a brick wall. It was just a simple exercise in the workbook but it wrecked me. The assignment? “If God would write you a letter about your fear, what would He say?” The day God sent me a letter about my fear changed me forever.

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