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Following Christ Into the Unknown

November 21, 2014

Following Christ Into the Unknown Walking with God for over 20 years has taught me that when you dare to trust Him, He may take you into narrow places that require faith. From 2005 to 2011, Colorado Springs, Colorado was my home. I loved the people, the ministry opportunities, and most of all, the nature. Many afternoons, I pulled on [...]

You Can Put Romance Back in Your Relationship

November 20, 2014

You Can Put Romance Back in Your Relationship Before marriage, romance often seems easy. Without kids, financial pressures, and annoying habits, keeping the spark alive feels effortless. But after marriage, spouses often stop courting and take one another for granted. If you and your mate have grown distant, rarely communicate on an intimate level, or spend more time with your children or friends [...]

Do You Feel Like a Fish Out of Water?

November 19, 2014

Do You Feel Like a Fish Out of Water? There once was a little boy who netted three trout from a mountain stream and carefully placed them side-by-side on a thick patch of grass. Before he removed them from the water, they were like a liquid ballet in motion. Fluid. Graceful. Vibrant. Alive. After he netted them, it was another story. As the trout [...]

How to Love Someone Who’s Hard to Love

November 18, 2014

How to Love Someone Who’s Hard to Love When you hear the word “love,” what comes to mind? Most of us think of our spouses, children, family, or friends. We think of people who are easy to love, because they love us back. In Luke 6:32 Jesus says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” Jesus goes [...]

Focus on Who is In Your Boat

November 17, 2014

Focus on Who is In Your Boat At the beginning of the year, I met a good friend for breakfast to catch up on family, work, church, and how God is working in our lives. During our time together, he asked, “How was last year for you? How would you describe 2013?” I must admit my response surprised me. I described the [...]

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Spiritual Discernment for Your Purpose

November 14, 2014

Spiritual Discernment for Your Purpose Before I started writing and speaking, I spent my days teaching art to elementary school kids in Houston, Texas. My students learned about Van Gogh and Matisse, how to create crayon-resist paintings, and even how to apologize for hogging the art supplies. But then God changed the direction of my life. During my morning quiet [...]

Are You Obedient With Your Time?

November 13, 2014

Are You Obedient With Your Time? Time is our most valuable resource. It is limited and passes quickly. Our time is not our own. We must steward our time in the same way we steward our money to glorify God. Stewardship is taking care of something another person has entrusted to you. Managing your time well is stewarding the time God [...]

Trusting Through Trials

November 12, 2014

Trusting Through Trials There are times in all of our lives when our faith has been tested through trials. During these seasons, we may question God’s love, or His ability and desire to help us. It’s during these challenges that what we choose to believe about God and His love will shape how we navigate our difficulty. Several [...]

Discerning Between the Urgent and the Best

November 11, 2014

Discerning Between the Urgent and the Best I struggle daily with choosing between what I need to do and what I should do, between the urgent and best. Maybe you feel the same at times. What do you do when you feel like life—or others—are controlling you and you are not doing what your heart wants to do? Thankfully, there is an [...]

3 Steps to Defeating Greed and Envy

November 10, 2014

3 Steps to Defeating Greed and Envy Hearing a few notes of “The Music Box Dancer” sends my mind racing back. The image of a bustling gym frames the memory of my sister in a gymnastics competition. A small-framed girl shimmers in a red and white sequin leotard as her blonde pigtails dance in unison with her floor routine. She was captivating. [...]

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