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    Why do You Love Me?

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished…

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    Sunshine Blogger Award

    I’ve had the honor of being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award—not once but twice in the last couple months. My first nomination for this peer-recognition award came from Gia at giaknows.com. Gia is a passionate Christian and raw vegan minimalist who invites others to walk with her towards better health through the powerhouse of info she provides on her blog. Check it out and follow her social media profiles: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. My second nomination came from a fellow faith blogger, Stephen De La Vega. Stephen faithfully and fearlessly blogs about his pursuit of God. He shines a love of Biblical understanding and invites us to…

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    Running toward Empty

    As I was researching last week’s blog post, I came across two facts that particularly stood out to me. First, according to the USDA, domestic dogs are more of a threat to sheep than many large predators. Hang in there, I know it doesn’t sound that interesting. But it is. Here’s why. Domestic dogs are more of a threat than large, wild predators because they (dogs) don’t just attack, kill, and be done with it—they chase sheep to the point of exhaustion. Running toward Empty I don’t know why the picture of being chased to exhaustion resonated with me. Maybe because it’s so easy to arrive at that reality. Maybe…

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    Bring Discontent to God

    I read an interesting blog post this week that challenged my perception of complaining. The author, Emily Saxe, delved into the difference between complaining and lamenting. She presented a case, drawing from the example of David who faithfully lamented before God in the Psalms. She contrasted how complaining (woe is me, life isn’t fair) is spiritually detrimental while lamenting (only God can help and I will seek Him) is righteous. (Read Emily Saxe’s post, Ordinary ways to Pursue and Honor God: Complaining, here. Crying out to God David, the apple of God's eye, lamented when life got rocky. His words are dramatic and full of emotion. You can hear the…

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    Ask for Wisdom

      One night recently, I told God that I had no idea how to respond to a touchy situation. I wasn’t smart enough. I wasn’t wise enough. I just didn’t have the EQ to handle it. So, I turned off the lights and went to bed, totally in the dark—in every sense of the word. The next morning, I woke up and browsed Instagram. I know…I should have opened my Bible first. Busted and guilty. God still got to me. One author I follow had uploaded James 1:5 that morning. Superimposed across a beautiful background were these words: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives…

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    6 Steps to Surrendering Anxiety

      I leaned back in the padded booth and listened to my friend pour out her heart. Between the sounds of barista calls and tea kettles whistles, I could hear hurt, anger, and a bit of wounded pride. But the one feeling that flavored every word she spoke was anxiety. Anxiety because something uncomfortable had happened in her life. Anxiety because the situation had not been resolved. Anxiety because she was worried about possible future complications. I set my coffee down. “Have you prayed about this?” She stared at me for a moment before she answered. “No. Should I have?” Her situation wasn’t what we’d call a ‘big’ deal. It…

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    Yes, No, Maybe So

    The last place I expected to learn a spiritual truth about myself was in a book about criminal behavior. But truth is truth whether it’s in a church, a university, or a library. And this one hit me hard. Reading through a chapter on predatory behavior, I came across this sentence. “No, is a word that must never be negotiated, because the person who chooses not to hear it is trying to control you.” Now—everything we could say about children’s manipulative ways aside—I immediately heard, “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.” Obviously not in a criminal way (at least you…

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    Raising Godly Children

    “Look! There’s a Mustang.” My 9-year-old son pointed a few cars ahead of us on I-75 as we headed from Ohio to Michigan. His body was tensed. He bounced in his seat in excitement. I hated to tell him he was wrong. But the car in question was a Charger. A few minutes later, he perked up in his seat and stuck his finger in front of my face, pointing across the divided highway at the Camaro heading south. “Look! That one’s a Mustang!” Wrong again. This time his shoulders slumped a bit. We sat in silence for a few miles longer before he turned back to me and voiced…