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How to protect your heart when you’re under attack from the thoughts in your own head

“In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” Ephesians 6:16, ESV   You don’t belong here. You’re not good enough. What makes you think you can do this? You should give up before you embarrass yourself. Flaming darts flying straight toward… Continue reading How to protect your heart when you’re under attack from the thoughts in your own head

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Even when the field of life looks dry and worthless, God has plans for a harvest

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:39, ESV   Driving down the highway, I see field after field of dried up corn and brittle stalks of soybeans. I know if we pull over, and I walk into the… Continue reading Even when the field of life looks dry and worthless, God has plans for a harvest

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A lesson in prayer – what we can learn from the leper

A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Matthew 8:2   Taking my kids shopping requires patience, organization, and the ability to say no in ten different languages. "Mom, we're out of fruit snacks, can we get some? And what about cereal?… Continue reading A lesson in prayer – what we can learn from the leper

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In need of a little help that only the Holy Spirit can provide

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." John 14:26   From one season of chaos to the next, we move. From baseball practice to soccer, from fair projects to school,… Continue reading In need of a little help that only the Holy Spirit can provide

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Serving the Lord in sincerity and faithfulness because He first loved us

My oldest has become more independent this summer. I’ve started leaving her at home with her younger siblings to babysit while I run errands. It has been a tremendous help. Whether I leave for a few minutes or an hour, we run through the instructions as I walk out the door. Keep your iPod with… Continue reading Serving the Lord in sincerity and faithfulness because He first loved us

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Fireworks and faith – Finding beauty in the differences and letting our light shine.

The fourth of July holiday has passed leaving behind charred driveways and fridges full of leftovers. The red, white, and blue will soon fade as we scramble to squeeze in all we hope to accomplish this summer. Though the bright lights and loud booms of fireworks have ended, my heart is still focused on those… Continue reading Fireworks and faith – Finding beauty in the differences and letting our light shine.