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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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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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Being a witness in your world – living your faith every day

Imagine the risen Lord standing in your presence. You saw Him hanging on the cross, you watched Him draw His last breath. But now, now He stands before you. Jesus who had died, alive and teaching once again. Acts 1:8 shares the final recorded words to His apostles before the ascension, “But you will receive… Continue reading Being a witness in your world – living your faith every day

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Living like Queen Esther – Learning to obey in such a time as this

I don’t often compare myself to a queen. Never, actually. That is until I met Queen Esther. She wasn’t born into royalty, neither was I. She didn’t expect God to use her, neither did I. She was scared to obey and take risks when the Lord called, so am I. She questioned and prayed, so… Continue reading Living like Queen Esther – Learning to obey in such a time as this

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Focusing your heart on scriptural truth: You are beautiful, loved, and valued.

You play the comparison game every day, don’t you? At work, on social media, in the checkout line, even at church. You compare your body, hair, clothes, kids, parenting skills, job, talents, accomplishments, house, cars… everything. The problem with playing the comparison game is that you lose every. single. time. Comparison breeds feelings deep in… Continue reading Focusing your heart on scriptural truth: You are beautiful, loved, and valued.

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Pinterest Pride – fighting comparison

  Oh, Pinterest. You’re a smooth talker. “This will be easy,” you say. “Your kids will love it,” you croon as I imagine their proud smiling faces. “You can totally do this, all these other moms have,” you whisper. So, I search, I pin, and I try. My second grader needed to make a Valentine’s… Continue reading Pinterest Pride – fighting comparison

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Unfinished – God’s still working

Have you ever had one of those days where you start about a million things but finish only one? That was me today: laundry, checkbook, baking, cleaning (you get the picture). I didn’t leave everything partially done. Most of my unfinished tasks have been checked off, but a few have been moved to tomorrow’s list.… Continue reading Unfinished – God’s still working