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Carrie Gaul

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Carrie Gaul

Carrie is a biblical correspondent for Revive Our Hearts, a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author of Joy in the Midst, a Bible study on Philippians. She and her husband Dennis, who serves on staff with Life Action Ministries, have two married children and a new little grandson!

Carrie has a deep love for God’s Word and a passion to see women grow in ever-increasing intimacy with Jesus through the study and application of His Word. She enjoys discipling and encouraging women and has had the privilege of ministering to missionary and national women in Africa and China through conferences and retreats. In her spare time Carrie enjoys walking, reading and “chatting” over coffee.

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Is Jesus Smiling at You?

Posted on 23-Jul-13 16:20 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

Imagine if Jesus were to suddenly show up—in bodily form—in your family room. You glance up, blurry eyed from a marathon week of studies or from disciplining a toddler, startled to see Him there. The resurrected Savior is standing in the midst of your daily reality with His eyes fixed intently on you.

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But I Don't Want Noah to Be a Sinner!

Posted on 18-Jun-13 13:23 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

I don't want Noah to be a sinner! I don't want him even remotely connected to the wickedness and corruption described in Genesis 6. I want his determination, life choices, and "get 'er done" resolve to honor God and to have earned him God's favor. Because somehow it seems if Noah could live righteously in a world gone terribly wrong, then surely so can I.

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Have We Gotten Noah's Story Wrong?

Posted on 18-Jun-13 13:08 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

I guess I've always thought Noah was a really good guy living in a generation when everyone else was really, really bad. But last week in Sunday school something just didn't seem right. The focus of our discussion became Noah and his righteousness rather than God's grace. I left wondering, "Is the take-away from this lesson that we need to be more like Noah?"

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Nothing Left to Give

Posted on 09-Jan-13 15:16 by Carrie Gaul

For those who are pushing harder and harder and still have nothing left to give.

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Cancer: A Most Unusual Gift

Posted on 11-Dec-12 16:58 by Carrie Gaul

This Christmas season, Carrie is thanking God for the gift of cancer. Learn why.

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Prayer Stroke

Posted on 21-Feb-12 17:17 by Carrie Gaul

I've walked with the Lord for over thirty-five years, but there are still seasons when my prayers resemble the garbled words of a stroke victim.

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The Best Christmas Gift I Ever Gave

Posted on 16-Dec-11 13:27 by Carrie Gaul

The lit tree, burning candles, and carols playing softly in the background couldn’t hide the tension that existed in our relationship. We just couldn’t seem to communicate face to face any more without some level of misunderstanding and hurt. 

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Failure and Amazing Grace . . .

Posted on 20-Oct-11 11:51 by Carrie Gaul

As a firstborn, I have a strong desire to please, but I'm realizing I have an even stronger desire not to fail!

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Jesus Would Never Intentionally Pass By Us, Would He?

Posted on 25-Aug-11 11:22 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

"And seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them.” 

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The Grace Ambulance

Posted on 03-Aug-11 15:08 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

God's grace is like an ambulance that races to the point of our need the minute a call for help is made. But if we don't call, the ambulance doesn't come. If we refuse to admit our desperate neediness, we forfeit the grace that could have been ours.

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Grace Revisited

Posted on 15-Jun-11 13:28 by Carrie Gaul

My eyes filled with tears as I whispered, “Really, Lord . . . It’s grace I need? It’s grace You’re whispering to this heart overwhelmed by circumstances and sin?”

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Nothing Left to Give

Posted on 24-Mar-11 14:31 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

I’m realizing it’s possible for those of us who love Jesus to find ourselves in a similar place. We can push harder and harder until we become so spiritually, emotionally, and physically exhausted that we feel like we have nothing left to give.   

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Lessons from a mountain home

Posted on 22-Dec-10 14:17 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Impacting your world

My anticipation increased as I ascended the winding Georgia road. I was en route to a mountain home that, by all accounts, was marked by great southern hospitality and indescribable beauty.

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Titus2ing

Posted on 23-Nov-10 15:48 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationships with Others

Our paths first crossed on a chilly Saturday morning. Her enthusiasm was evident as this elderly woman walked briskly past us, surrounded by several younger women.

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How Awesome is This Place!

Posted on 17-Nov-10 12:10 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

We often sense the Lord’s presence in places of serenity and security. But what happens when the scenery changes—when the serene and secure become tumultuous waves of uncertainty, doubt, or fear? When the bills can’t be paid, or the consequences of sin run deep, or your hopes and dreams for the future have been shattered?

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Will you give me grace?

Posted on 04-Oct-10 09:02 by Carrie Gaul

As I entered the room, this little girl was slumped in her chair looking hopeless and defeated. Her dark eyes met mine and she hesitantly whispered, “Will you give me grace?” 

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Getting Back Up Again

Posted on 20-Sep-10 09:10 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

I sensed the Spirit whisper . . . this is true womanhood, Carrie. Not a life lived perfectly, but a life that when sin is realized repents, gets back up, and keeps walking by faith.

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A Most Unusual Gift

Posted on 16-Aug-10 09:43 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

One of the most unusual gifts I ever received was an overflowing bowl of cooked-to-perfection chicken feet from my Zambian friends. Gifts certainly come in all shapes and sizes! Philippians 1:29 describes another unusual gift.

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The Gospel and Eeyore

Posted on 19-Jul-10 12:34 by Carrie Gaul

While I was never a huge fan of that mopey little grey donkey, Eeyore, I never imagined how the shadow of gloom and doom that characterized his little world would one day permeate my own life. 

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Loving Toads

Posted on 07-Jul-10 13:01 by Carrie Gaul

The Lord’s been teaching me a lot about dealing with “toads” (difficult people) from the life of Moses--a man who was surrounded by them!

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When the walls come crashing in

Posted on 14-Jun-10 09:27 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

But then it happened. Like falling dominoes, segment after segment of ten-foot tulling walls suddenly came crashing down. Gasps of horror preceded a deafening silence as we realized that hours of hard work now lay undone at our feet.

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Do you believe I am able?

Posted on 10-Jun-10 13:51 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

Our daughter’s wedding was in five days. In that short period of time, a simple gymnasium needed to be transformed into an elegant reception hall. A seemingly impossible task; yet this mother-of-the bride was fully confident the “impossible” would become reality. My confidence rested firmly in the transformational abilities of our dear friends. I had no doubt . . . they would turn the common into a thing of incredible beauty.

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Carrie on "Voices": Why is prayer so hard?

Posted on 10-May-10 14:30 by Carrie Gaul

If we’re honest, prayer is a struggle at times.

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A Cry for Help from Albania

Posted on 15-Apr-10 09:23 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Impacting your world

Enkelejda describes Albanian women as “used and abused.” Kidnapping, human trafficking, pornography, prostitution, and organ trafficking all run rampant. If you have money, you can buy anything . . . or anyone. Ordering a child seems to be almost as normal as purchasing coffee in a coffee shop. 

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Scripture Memory "Queen of Bad" No More

Posted on 31-Dec-09 15:37 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

For years, I was the "queen of bad" at hiding God's Word in my heart. I had great intentions and periodically even managed to memorize a verse or two. The problem was those verses never seemed to stick in my mind for very long. In the area of Scripture memorization, I felt like a total failure.

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Only A Little Strength

Posted on 10-Dec-09 18:54 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

It’s not that I’m surprised by my “little strength and ability.” In fact, daily those truths flash like a neon sign in my mind. What’s surprising is that the Lord doesn’t see them as hindrances.

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Here's My Life

Posted on 10-Dec-09 18:40 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God

For months the Lord had been speaking to me about an area of surrender. It began initially as a simple question from my husband, “Would you be willing …?”  I laughed at the ridiculousness of the thought. Surely he wasn’t serious.

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Expressions of Gratitude

Posted on 19-Nov-09 09:15 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationships with Others

Yesterday afternoon I was sitting at a red light (multi-tasking, of course). I glanced up from my book to see this license plate staring back at me: THKFUL. I laughed out loud.

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Never Forget

Posted on 12-Nov-09 09:44 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationships with Others, Relationship with God

So many times I’ve thought “I don’t want to ever forget this moment.” The look in my son’s eyes as his bride walked down the aisle; my husband’s “welcome home” embrace as I returned from a third-world country; the joy of freedom after years of spiritual bondage; the night I first realized I was loved by the King of kings.

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Surprised By Weeds

Posted on 10-Nov-09 09:48 by Carrie Gaul

I’ve battled a fair amount of weeds in my flower garden this year, but the greater battle by far has been with the weeds I’m discovering in my own heart.

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What God thinks about the physical intimacy in your marriage

Posted on 13-Aug-09 11:09 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Marriage

Although physical intimacy was not a major source of conflict between me and my husband, I was blown out of the water when this woman asked . . .

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