Fearless

In preparation for my first marathon, I scrawled the words of Joshua 1:9 on a scrap of paper and tucked it in my running pouch. The verse reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God…
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Joy to the World

I will never forget the intense feeling of joy I experienced when I first met Jesus. I remember the drive to church that day, my eighteen-year-old self sitting sullenly in the back seat and staring out of the car’s window. I uttered a silent prayer to God asking, “If you…
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Finding Peace

Isn’t it paradoxical that the season meant to usher in the most peace has become one of the most hectic times of the year? There are lights to hang, presents to buy, packages to wrap, parties to attend, guests to host, Christmas baking to complete, cards to write… the list…
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Finding Hope

Hope. The word holds so much future promise, don’t you think? As defined by the Oxford dictionary, hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. We can all relate to a sense of hopeful anticipation—a longing for a particular event to arrive.  We may…
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Ways to Deal With Stress

They say don’t worry about things you have no control over—whoever they are. Don’t worry. Don’t stress. It’s all good. But is it? I’m not convinced brushing off our anxious thoughts is the best approach. There must be a better way. Better than working hard not to worry. Better than pretending things…
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Embracing Change

As we move into the fall, nature reminds us that nothing stays the same. During certain seasons of life, this sentiment is a welcome relief, but at other times change can be challenging, bewildering, and even painful. At such times, we wish for things to remain the same, long for…
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The Year of NO

We can’t be all things to all people. But, oh, how we try! It’s easy to get caught up in the expectations or demands of others. Performing, people-pleasing, and striving for praise can be exhausting and leave us feeling empty. It’s just as easy to think we can do it…
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