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Topic: Relationship with God


Confessing Your Secrets to the Lord

Posted on 18-Nov-14 09:51 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Relationship with God

How many things would change in our lives if we truly believed God is present with us everywhere, at all times, even in the dark or when no one sees?

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Your Soul Needs the Breath of God's Grace

Posted on 17-Nov-14 10:12 by Christina Fox | Twitter: @toshowthemjesus
Topics: Relationship with God

God's grace is like oxygen to our soul. Learn why we can't live without it and how to remain connected to His grace.

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Looking for Perfection in All the Wrong Places

Posted on 12-Nov-14 15:24 by Kim Jaggers | Twitter: @Kim_Jaggers
Topics: Relationship with God

We live in a messed up world we can't control. Doesn't that make you want to dust and vacuum?

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Finding Rhythms of Rest (Even Through the Holidays)

Posted on 10-Nov-14 14:03 by Colleen Chao
Topics: Relationship with God

Some days I'm easily given to a heart that's crabby, negative, and ungrateful. I often feel exhausted and numb, and I find myself shifting into autopilot in my marriage and motherhood. Can you relate?

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Are You Fighting the New Greed?

Posted on 05-Nov-14 15:29 by Christine Hoover | Twitter: @christinehoover
Topics: Relationship with God

Feeling discontent and insecure? Are you constantly comparing yourself to others? You might be fighting what Christine Hoover calls the "new greed."

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Is Politeness Killing Your Prayer Life?

Posted on 03-Nov-14 14:26 by Christel Humfrey | Twitter: @ChristelHumfrey
Topics: Relationship with God

Is your prayer life dry? Do you feel like God is distant? Perhaps you’re too polite.

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Have You Brought Your Brokenness to God?

Posted on 31-Oct-14 15:31 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Relationship with God

We are deeply and hopelessly damaged, just like cracked pots, but God is the master Redeemer.

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Five Reasons You Should Read the Bible (Part 2)

Posted on 29-Oct-14 15:40 by Kelly Needham | Twitter: @kellyneedham
Topics: Relationship with God

Why should we read the Bible every day? Is it just something good Christians do? What difference does it make? If we don't understand the why of a daily Bible study, we likely won't make it a priority. Here are five analogies to bring to life the purposes of a consistent, daily study of God's Word.

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Five Reasons You Should Read the Bible (Part 1)

Posted on 28-Oct-14 15:05 by Kelly Needham | Twitter: @kellyneedham
Topics: Relationship with God

Why should we read the Bible every day? Is it just something good Christians do? What difference does it make? If we don't understand the why of a daily Bible study, we likely won't make it a priority. Here are five analogies to bring to life the purposes of a consistent, daily study of God's Word.

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You Must Kill Self-Dependence and Grow in God-Dependence

Posted on 27-Oct-14 12:04 by Heidi Jo Fulk
Topics: Relationship with God

Our dependence on God cannot be based solely on our life circumstances. We must depend on God first and foremost because of who He is.

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Do You Have an Adoption Story?

Posted on 24-Oct-14 14:52 by Pat Ennis
Topics: Relationship with God

Orphans teach us about the love of God, call us to sacrifice, and challenge us to value Christ-likeness above our comfort.

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The Freedom of Abiding in Jesus

Posted on 07-Oct-14 10:17 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: Relationship with God

It was not until my husband was sentenced to eight years in the notorious Evin prison in Iran because of his Christian faith that I could no longer get by as a Christian by simply being content to be in the Vine (Jesus). Instead, I had to learn to abide in the Vine.

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Sticking Your Neck Out for Others

Posted on 03-Oct-14 14:42 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

I have a hunch that as thousands of us gather to seek the Lord together at True Woman '14, He will call each of us to follow the lead of individuals like Prisca and Aquilla by sticking our necks out for Him.

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Christ Cuts Short Our Suffering

Posted on 03-Oct-14 13:12 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: Relationship with God

At the risk of sounding whiny, I'll just go ahead and say it: suffering is hard. 

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Realizing Your Purpose

Posted on 03-Oct-14 12:45 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

People who knew her as an immoral drug addict, a liar, and a thief would not have described her as "God's workmanship." But God takes our broken and needy conditions, and through the work of Christ "in us," He reveals "His eternal power and divine nature."

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7 Ways Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection Impact You Today

Posted on 03-Oct-14 11:58 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

What difference do the cross and the empty tomb make for those who are facing pain or tears or failure?

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From "In Sin" to "In Christ"

Posted on 01-Oct-14 16:33 by Susan Hunt
Topics: Relationship with God

Nothing is random, everything has meaning, there is perfect harmony even in what looks chaotic.

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Safe!

Posted on 01-Oct-14 16:08 by Leslie Bennett | Twitter: @lesliewbennett
Topics: Relationship with God

I abruptly came face to face with a man recently in a secluded area of a hotel's grounds. His manner was suspect, his intentions questionable. Physically, the man was twice my size. My instinctive radar shot off alarming distress signals.

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A Whole New You

Posted on 29-Sep-14 16:44 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

For the first time, I understood Jesus didn't die to forgive me of my sin and leave me in it. He died to forgive and to free me from the power of sin!

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Using the Wrong Measuring Stick

Posted on 24-Sep-14 14:25 by Dannah Gresh
Topics: Relationship with God

Too often, we mothers make our child's sin an emotional explosion that pushes our child away from Christ, rather than calling him or her to Him.

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Comfort for the Suffering

Posted on 24-Sep-14 13:54 by Trillia Newbell | Twitter: @TrilliaNewbell
Topics: Relationship with God

If you live long enough, it is inevitable that someone you love dearly will slip away into eternity, and you will be left mourning, grieving, and enduring a trial you may not have been fully prepared for.

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In Love, In Pain, In Grief, In Trouble . . . In Christ

Posted on 24-Sep-14 13:36 by Stephanie Martinez
Topics: Relationship with God

We all find ourselves "in" something. The word in is a small, but significant word. Those two letters pack a punch that can be life-changing—especially when we are found in Christ!

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When God Says "No"

Posted on 24-Sep-14 13:06 by Linda Green
Topics: Relationship with God

In response to my desperate prayers, I heard silence.

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It's Simple. It's Jesus.

Posted on 22-Sep-14 15:54 by Joni Eareckson Tada | Twitter: @JoniandFriends
Topics: Relationship with God

Every promise the Father has ever made finds its fulfillment in Jesus.

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Undercover at Oprah's Tour

Posted on 18-Sep-14 17:32 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"We come from the stars. . . . How amazing is that?" These were Oprah's opening words at The Life You Want Weekend 2014 Tour.

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Becoming Who You Already Are

Posted on 09-Sep-14 09:26 by Christel Humfrey | Twitter: @ChristelHumfrey
Topics: Relationship with God

I asked a lot of silly questions about the rodeo. I'm sure I sounded ignorant to everyone seated within earshot. Since marrying this man, though, I've learned a little bit about this lifestyle. I've grown in ways that I could not have anticipated fifteen years ago.

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Are You Tired of Waiting on the Lord?

Posted on 28-Aug-14 11:13 by Colleen Chao
Topics: Relationship with God

Does your wait feel too long? Does God feel "tardy"?

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Your Sin Is Not in Your Junk Drawer

Posted on 27-Aug-14 15:56 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

I know I'm not the only woman frustrated by disorganization and inefficiency. But girls, it's time we get real about how big of a deal our junk drawer really is. (Hint: It's not).

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Little Is Big with God in the Mix

Posted on 14-Aug-14 16:15 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Ever thought you were "above" a certain task? Ever despised the "little" things (or people)? Yeah, me too. But that just shows I don't have a clue. "Little" is BIG with God in the mix!

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Remembering Jesus Through Your Child's Heartache

Posted on 12-Aug-14 11:33 by Kim Jaggers | Twitter: @Kim_Jaggers
Topics: Relationship with God

Our kids don't come wrapped in emotional bubble wrap; they will hurt, and we will hurt for them. How do we turn pain into an opportunity to grow toward Christ?

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What to Do When You're Spiritually a Mess

Posted on 05-Aug-14 15:36 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: Relationship with God

God doesn't ask us to be tidy or smooth; God desires not shiny, presentable hearts, but rather broken and contrite ones. Why do we pray as though we need to dust ourselves off and clean ourselves up so that God will accept us, hear us, and love us?

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The Prodigal, the Legalist, and Grace for All

Posted on 31-Jul-14 12:48 by Trillia Newbell | Twitter: @TrilliaNewbell
Topics: Relationship with God

If we say we love grace and yet hate the legalists we are not like Jesus and we don’t know ourselves . . . But when we truly see our desperate need for grace we can extend it to others.

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Do You Ignore the Sins You Can't See?

Posted on 05-Aug-14 14:56 by Kelly Needham | Twitter: @kellyneedham
Topics: Relationship with God

Pride may be the greatest threat to our spiritual vitality. It has the ability to turn noble actions into sin. Yet it's easy to ignore because it lives in the unseen realm of the heart. Here are several reasons to take pride seriously.

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So Much to Do, So Little Time for Jesus

Posted on 31-Jul-14 12:03 by Linda Green
Topics: Relationship with God

We can become more consumed with the good gifts God has graciously given us than the One who gave up everything to offer us new life. We may inadvertently begin to worship things like the image of a perfect marriage, well behaved children, a fulfilling career, a trim and fit body, good health, comfort, lifelong financial security, etc. The list has no end.

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Do You Long for a Home?

Posted on 17-Jul-14 15:07 by Heather Owens
Topics: Relationship with God

Regardless of our earthly home, we can know joy and strength when dwelling in the presence of God.

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Reversing the Downhill Trend of Gratitude

Posted on 17-Jul-14 14:43 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

Are you ready to become the kind of person who brightens your home, church, or workplace with the fresh air of gratitude rather than constant complaints and criticism?

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Longing for Tomorrow and Missing Today's Treasure

Posted on 10-Jul-14 11:00 by Courtney Reissig | Twitter: @CourtneyReissig
Topics: Relationship with God

Do you miss the joy of the moment because you are longing for the next?

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The Why's and How's of Praising the Lord

Posted on 25-Jun-14 16:42 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Children sometimes have a way of grasping things that grown-ups miss.

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The Pathway to Freedom

Posted on 18-Jun-14 14:21 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Are you held in bondage by sin? Does freedom feel like an empty word? The pathway of freedom starts with at least three steps toward the truth.

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The Inner Life--Four Reasons to Have a Quiet Time

Posted on 06-Jun-14 13:30 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Having daily devotions is not for the purpose of getting extra points with God—nor is it a way to keep God from disapproving of us; we are not trying to earn His favor or get Him to love us any more. If we belong to him, we already have His favor; He could not love us any more, and He could not love us any less.

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Why I'm Sick of Women's Conferences

Posted on 04-Jun-14 10:24 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

I've been to eight women's conferences in the last three months. Trust me, I've got the t-shirts to prove it. As a Bible teacher, I have the privilege of attending lots of these events to speak. I meet beautiful women with hearts full to the brim with a desire to love and serve Jesus at every single one. But can I be honest? I'm a little sick of women's conferences.

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Serving in Small Places on Sunday

Posted on 29-May-14 13:54 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: Relationship with God

Though our ordinary work and quiet service may not always be risky or radical, quiet faithfulness and willing service might just be the very thing God has ordained for us today.

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Are You Too Busy to Pray?

Posted on 23-May-14 12:25 by Leslie Ludy | Twitter: @LeslieLudy
Topics: Relationship with God

Does prayer seem impractical in the busyness of your daily life? Discover new strength by making time with God your highest priority.

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Do You Know What the Bible Says About Weddings?

Posted on 22-May-14 11:29 by Catherine Parks | Twitter: @cathparks
Topics: Relationship with God

As I studied these passages and became aware of the wedding imagery in the New Testament, my understanding of Jesus Christ's love for me was deepened. I was led to worship from my kitchen table, writing of the beauty and immense privilege of being the bride of Christ!

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The Human Jesus

Posted on 16-May-14 10:35 by Rebecca Stark | Twitter: @RebeccaStark
Topics: Relationship with God

The humanity of Jesus is a truth so essential that John says anyone who denies it is not from God. Do you know why it's so important?

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A Beautiful Encounter with Our Savior (And a Giveaway!)

Posted on 02-May-14 15:15 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

I recently found myself parked on the story of the widow of Nain for several days while preparing to teach "Beautiful Encounters," a radio series launching on Revive Our Hearts today. As a mother of sons, I can't fathom attending one of their funerals, especially as a widow. This momma's desperation seemed to leak out of my Bible and into my heart as I read.

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The Rest You Need: Jesus or Netflix?

Posted on 27-Mar-14 12:04 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: Relationship with God

It's the end of what has been a long, tiring, busy day. You feel weary in mind and heart; you just want a moment of passive rest. And so you pop on Netflix or browse Facebook or look at pictures on Pinterest. Will this bring you the rest you desire? Or is there something far better?

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Who am I? The Good, the Bad, and the Gospel

Posted on 27-Mar-14 11:17 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

The qualities of God are vast and impressive, but they become even more so when we get serious about who we really are.

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Who Are You, God?

Posted on 27-Mar-14 10:01 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

Don't you imagine that Moses was perched on the very edge of his seat? Waiting for more information. He knew he would be pressed by Pharaoh and by the people he was called to free for more information. I am who? I am what? But "I AM" seemed to be all the information God was going to give at that moment.

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How to Go on a Search and Destroy Mission for Sin

Posted on 25-Mar-14 14:47 by Kristie Anyabwile | Twitter: @kanyabwile
Topics: Relationship with God

Do you find it hard to dig up and remove those deeply rooted sins from your life? Hear some practical ways you can go on a search and destroy mission to battle sin and rest in the victory Christ has won for you.

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Five Ways to Avoid Getting 'Beyond' the Gospel

Posted on 25-Mar-14 09:11 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

I don't know about you, but for most of my life, I thought of the gospel as good news for unbelievers but old news for believers. Boy, was I wrong.

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Striving and Soul Rest

Posted on 17-Feb-14 18:34 by Maggie Paulus | Twitter: @MaggiePaulus
Topics: Relationship with God

I see you there, crumpling up that sheet of paper, tossing it into the waste basket and wondering if anything good will come out of your life. Or if you'll be stuck here, in this place called "failure," and "you don't measure up," and "you don't deserve anything good."

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Running on Empty and Refueling Our Souls

Posted on 11-Mar-14 10:56 by Leslie Ludy | Twitter: @LeslieLudy
Topics: Relationship with God

When you feel run-down and in need of refueling, where do you turn? It's tempting to seek distraction in the temporal pleasures of pop-culture, but Jesus' example shows us the real secret to the refreshment we long for.

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Precious Providence, Part 2

Posted on 06-Mar-14 14:07 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: Relationship with God

With the odds stacked against him, my Grandpa was knocking on death's door from the cockpit of a fighter jet that day in 1953. Fifty years later, this incident became an instructor in the school of God's character.

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The Man of Sorrows Reduced Me to Tears

Posted on 06-Mar-14 13:42 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Relationship with God

It was the study on the Man of Sorrows that gripped my heart and changed how I will see Jesus forever.

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Amen

Posted on 28-Feb-14 11:32 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

"Amen" is not just a word; it's a Person. Get to know more about Jesus and this marvelous name.

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Precious Providence

Posted on 03-Mar-14 14:38 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: Relationship with God

Last Christmas, as I was looking through old pictures of my dad's family, I learned something about my late Grandpa. My dad's dad was a pilot in the military with a dramatic story that brought to life the importance of sound theology.

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The Name That Matters Most: Jesus

Posted on 26-Feb-14 13:49 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Jesus’ name is precious. Has your heart been captured by this precious name?

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Preparing for Easter

Posted on 06-Feb-14 12:13 by Barbara Rainey
Topics: Relationship with God

The six weeks leading up to Easter has begun to bloom within my soul after years of being just a bud, tightly wrapped and green.

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When Waiting Isn't Easy

Posted on 04-Feb-14 10:56 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: Relationship with God

Waiting means trusting God with the parts of our lives, our families, our churches, that are in a season He has ordained to remain "not yet." But we're impatient, aren't we? We want to jump forward and skip the waiting, the restlessness, the part where having faith is the only thing we actually have. In our restlessness, our hurry to begin the next season, are we failing to see what He's doing right now?

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God Has Spoken

Posted on 29-Jan-14 12:13 by Rebecca Stark | Twitter: @RebeccaStark
Topics: Relationship with God

If God had not spoken, we could not know him at all. Thank God he has chosen to reveal Himself to us—in creation, in Scripture, and in Jesus Christ!

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A New Piano CD From Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Posted on 28-Jan-14 15:53 by Lindsey Wagstaffe | Twitter: @Lindzelia
Topics: Relationship with God

Nancy Leigh DeMoss has been a spiritual mentor to thousands of women as she faithfully teaches the Word. Now we have the opportunity to listen in as she beautifully plays well-loved hymns as an offering to the Lord.

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It's Not About Me

Posted on 17-Jan-14 14:20 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

I've got a secret that can keep rivers of tears from being shed in 2014. It can stop angry outbursts in their tracks. It can put an end to stewing, sniveling, and navel gazing. It is a secret that can insulate you from so much in the year ahead.

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The Myth of My Strength

Posted on 22-Jan-14 15:50 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

I was the woman who always, always pushed through. But then last month I had an Isaiah 40:30 fall, "Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted." My doctor said I was strong to have made it as long as I did. I wasn't so sure.

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The Question I Most Wanted Answered

Posted on 13-Jan-14 14:27 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

For a few moments, it felt like I was actually there, viewing Jesus' suffering, experiencing the trauma, and recognizing the weight of my sin on His ravaged body. It totally broke me. I offered myself to Jesus that day as a living sacrifice.

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Five More Truths To Set You Free in 2014

Posted on 07-Jan-14 16:58 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

Here are five more ways you can live out God's Truth in 2014.

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Five Truths to Set You Free in 2014

Posted on 07-Jan-14 13:49 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

What is it about a new year that makes us all want to call for a massive "do over"? We collectively vow to shed a few pounds, save a few pennies, and ditch the nasty habits that plagued us the year before.

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What If I Can't Have Children?

Posted on 06-Jan-14 11:56 by Mindy Kroesche
Topics: Relationship with God

Infertility can be a lonely place—I know. I've walked that road, too.

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Best of 2013: So Much to Do . . . But What's Most Important?

Posted on 31-Dec-13 11:43 by Randy Alcorn | Twitter: @RandyAlcorn
Topics: Relationship with God

When it comes to time management, the greatest principle for us as Christians is truly a liberating one: In the final analysis, I have only one thing to do. Does this principle sound strange? It comes straight from the mouth of Jesus.

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Best of 2013: My Dad's Impromptu Challenge

Posted on 30-Dec-13 16:28 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Today, with less than fifteen years left till I turn sixty-nine, I wish I were a whole lot further along toward these goals. I haven't even come close to attaining all of them. But I'm confident I have grown more in these areas than I might have if it hadn't been for my dad's question. So for challenging me to this exercise—and for so much more—thank you, Dad!

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Best of 2013: Right Where I Am: Finding Treasure in the Ache

Posted on 23-Dec-13 14:01 by Shannon Wexelberg | Twitter: @SJWexelberg
Topics: Relationship with God

Shannon shares the heartbreak and hope behind her song, "Right Where I Am."

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The Truth About God's Plans for You

Posted on 17-Dec-13 14:58 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

Knowing that God wants you to do something for Him and has a plan for your life is one of the best feelings in the world. It's exciting. It's invigorating. It's terrifying.

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So Why Do I . . .

Posted on 16-Dec-13 09:47 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

You are my gracious, all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful Master and Savior. So why do I . . .

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X-Ray Vision and the Holy Spirit

Posted on 04-Dec-13 14:43 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

Anyone can tell you have an anger problem if you beat your children. Anyone can tell you have a lust problem if your computer history reveals a bag full of porn. Even a kid can tell you have an envy problem if you're throwing darts at someone's picture on your wall. It's the subtle sin that's harder to detect.

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Better Than a Norman Rockwell Christmas

Posted on 19-Nov-13 16:09 by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Topics: Relationship with God

For those of us whose lives don't seem to mirror the quintessential Norman Rockwell painting, Christmas can seem like a cruel joke . . . a time when everything wrong with our lives is incessantly broadcast on every billboard. How can we find hope during this upcoming holiday season?>

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Can't I Just Get a Little Break?

Posted on 15-Nov-13 15:05 by Catherine Parks | Twitter: @cathparks
Topics: Relationship with God

When the kids wake early from their naps, or my phone conversation is interrupted, or we don't have time to pull through the coffee shop drive-through, I quickly think, "Ugh, can't I just get a break? Is it too much to ask for one little luxury?"

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A "Good Girl" Wrestles with the Gospel

Posted on 12-Nov-13 16:25 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

The gospel has always gone down smooth for me. Yes, God forgave me of my sins. Yes, that is good news. But honestly, there wasn't that much to forgive . . .

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This Isn't What I Signed Up For

Posted on 01-Nov-13 10:01 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

I expected God to deliver. I expected God to open doors for me. I expected success, and greater fruitfulness, and all kinds of blessings to honor the sacrifices I had made for Jesus. Instead, before I knew it, God had transplanted me to Chicago, where the winters are long and the cold piercing. God had just plopped me in the wilderness familiar to all who have ever heeded His call.

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Beautiful Encounters: When We're Dying from Thirst

Posted on 06-Nov-13 18:18 by Lindsey Wagstaffe | Twitter: @Lindzelia
Topics: Relationship with God

Isn't everything in this world fading? Needing replacement? Only satisfying for a moment? I never realized I had so much in common with the woman at the well.

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Beautiful Encounters: When Jesus Strips the Labels Off

Posted on 05-Nov-13 16:25 by Lindsey Wagstaffe | Twitter: @Lindzelia
Topics: Relationship with God

Some of us have worn our labels so long, they seem stitched into the fiber of our being. Sometimes we even "like" our labels, because they're comfortable and we know how they work and they seem to provide us with security. But they pale in contrast with the new labels Jesus wants to put on you.

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But No One Vacations Alone!

Posted on 29-Oct-13 10:17 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Vacationing solo just isn't done. Even eating out alone has a stigma in our culture. I wasn't the only one who considered this. More than one person asked if I'd be okay, vacationing by myself for a whole week.

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Tissues, Lassos, and Lab Coats: Lessons in Repentance

Posted on 18-Oct-13 16:39 by Catherine Parks | Twitter: @cathparks
Topics: Relationship with God

How a tissue taught me about repentance and made me more thankful for Christ.

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If God Loves Me Why Am I Not Married?

Posted on 16-Oct-13 16:17 by Darla Wilkinson | Twitter: @DarlaWilkinson
Topics: Relationship with God

As a single adult I looked good on the outside. But deep down I felt since God wasn't giving me my greatest desire He didn't notice me, He didn't hear me, He didn't love me. It was a message straight from the father of lies, and I swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.

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What the Rich Young Ruler and I Have in Common

Posted on 15-Oct-13 16:42 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: Relationship with God

Like most Type A personalities, I had my life pretty well planned out. I would go to the college of my dreams where I'd meet the man of my dreams, and a few years later I'd have the children of my dreams. I'd also have the ministry of my dreams, and my walk with the Lord would be a perpetual state of mountaintop bliss. Fast-forward almost a decade later, and life has not gone the way I had planned, even with the best of intentions and the heartiest of efforts.

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What My Diet Taught Me About Smashing Idols

Posted on 08-Oct-13 17:28 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Relationship with God

One month my doctor put me on a strict diet without sugar, bread, and lots of other yummy foods. It sounded like torture, pure and simple. I honestly didn't know how I'd survive. I was certain I'd spend the entire month dreaming about and drooling over iced sugar cookies, Nerds, and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. But then . . .

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Getting Gut-Level Honest with God

Posted on 08-Oct-13 17:18 by Catherine Parks | Twitter: @cathparks
Topics: Relationship with God

I've been trying something new lately, and it's revolutionizing my life. I'm being honest with God.

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Turning Your Desert into a Spring

Posted on 27-Sep-13 14:55 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Have you ever hit a dry place in your walk with Christ? Maybe you've had some awesome moments of worship in the past, some spurts of spiritual growth, a few mountaintop highs . . . but you've reached a low point where it seems your prayers aren't hitting the ceiling. Or maybe you’re too low to even voice a prayer. Maybe you're in the Valley of Baca.

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Why Our Kids Don't Need the "Little g" Gospel

Posted on 27-Sep-13 14:16 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

There is a little "g" gospel that is particularly dangerous and tempting as we parent. It's the gospel of goodness. "God will love me if I am a very, very good boy or girl."

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He Feels Your Pain

Posted on 24-Sep-13 16:34 by Sheila Gosney
Topics: Relationship with God

The day started normal but then turned suddenly awry. My teenage son wrote and handed me frantic notes that made no sense. Then, before I knew it, he was yanking me outside. Pushing. Pulling. Tugging. Running across people's yards. It seemed surreal, but I had no time to absorb what was happening—the situation was escalating so quickly.

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An Infinite God Is Our Helper

Posted on 20-Sep-13 21:58 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: Relationship with God

In times of weariness, far too often I simply continue to plod along in my own strength. Weariness takes over, but I'm so busy being busy that I fail to stop and reflect upon the One who supplies His children with strength.

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Called for Help Lately?

Posted on 20-Sep-13 20:10 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

How often do I actually call on God for help? I'm realizing . . . not nearly often enough! Why? I think it’s because--like the stubborn little girl in this video--I think I can handle it on my own, thank you very much!

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Getting Serious About Gratitude

Posted on 16-Sep-13 16:18 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

Yesterday, I wrote about God's warning against spiritual envy from Jude 12–13. While that passage hit me hard, it felt like a walk in the park compared to what I read next.

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The Beauty of Holiness

Posted on 27-Aug-13 16:29 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Holiness . . . what thoughts or pictures does that word bring to mind? Musty old relics? Tight-faced, prudish old ladies? Stifling restraint? If the word holiness seems an uncomfortable fit for you, think about it this way . . .

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When My Daughter's Faith and My Fears Collided

Posted on 07-Aug-13 16:19 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: Relationship with God

When my daughter Ginny began talking about a crazy idea, I was certain it would pass, and she would be dreaming about something new tomorrow. But a stand up paddleboard trip across Lake Michigan to raise money for children in Uganda was not going away. In fact it seemed to be growing . . .

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Five Steps for Dealing with Spiritual Dissonance

Posted on 06-Aug-13 17:03 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Relationship with God

I've never been a jazz fan; I don't enjoy the dissonance. As I reacted to some jazz music on a television program recently—telling my husband how much I hated it—the Spirit of God suddenly convicted me on some spiritual dissonance in my life.

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When the Holy Spirit Interrupted My Shopping Spree

Posted on 05-Aug-13 14:42 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

With ten minutes to spare before the mall locked its doors, I spotted it: a short white jean jacket. Never mind that it was $118 . . . the photo shoot was the next day, and it was perfect! Besides, I reasoned, I could keep the tags on it, wear it for a few minutes, and then return it.

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So Much to Do . . . But What's Most Important?

Posted on 25-Jul-13 13:57 by Randy Alcorn | Twitter: @RandyAlcorn
Topics: Relationship with God

When it comes to time management, the greatest principle for us as Christians is truly a liberating one: In the final analysis, I have only one thing to do. Does this principle sound strange? It comes straight from the mouth of Jesus.

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Faithful Servant Or Pole Vaulter?

Posted on 25-Jul-13 15:45 by Darla Wilkinson | Twitter: @DarlaWilkinson
Topics: Relationship with God

Most women are confronted with a battle. They shift from being a faithful servant to a pole vaulter, from valuing Christ-centered loyalty and commitment to jumping over the next high bar in life.

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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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My First Crayon in the Dryer

Posted on 09-Jul-13 12:00 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: Relationship with God

Around child number three, I realized if I continued to do laundry the perfect way, I would never have any laundry done. So I started using the dryer like everyone else in the world. I joined the thousands of mothers who sell 5T pajamas at their garage sales, knowing they actually now fit a one-year-old. Now that I use my dryer so faithfully, I am an avid pocket checker. Occasionally I miss a paper towel or one of my husband's foam ear plugs, but I've never missed a crayon . . . until today.

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Undeserved Gifts: Meet Elisha Galotti

Posted on 15-Jul-13 17:10 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: Relationship with God

Enjoy getting to know True Woman's newest blogger today as she introduces herself and marvels at some of God's undeserved gifts.

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Wielding the Word in a Dark World (Part 2)

Posted on 09-Jul-13 11:44 by Darla Wilkinson | Twitter: @DarlaWilkinson
Topics: Relationship with God

It is easy to grow disheartened when studying Scripture becomes difficult. But it is the merciful means by which God reveals His mysterious character and ways, and it is the tool the Holy Spirit uses to recreate us. So, any time you sit down to study, rejoice that God is for you and will use this living and active creation to change you. Your faithful effort is not in vain. I find the following tips helpful.

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Wielding the Word in a Dark World (Part 1)

Posted on 09-Jul-13 11:25 by Darla Wilkinson | Twitter: @DarlaWilkinson
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

In addition to Big Macs and French fries, we have grown accustomed to ready-made, pre-packaged Christianity. However, the give-it-to-me-now-the-way-I-like-it spirit that flows through the veins of our world is something you and I must be on guard against.

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You're Not Who You Once Were . . .

Posted on 26-Jun-13 16:25 by Bob Lepine
Topics: Relationship with God

There have been times when my wife Mary Ann and I have asked each other that question, when one of us has done something so uncharacteristic that it causes us to ask, "Who are you?" This is one of the central questions addressed in Ephesians—the question of our identity. Over and over the author Paul asks his readers, "Do you realize who you are?"

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Who Am I, Lord?

Posted on 24-Jun-13 16:19 by Dr. Juli Slattery | Twitter: @DrJuliSlattery
Topics: Relationship with God

Through the years, I transitioned into and out of many identities: wife, daughter, mom, psychologist, author, friend, and radio personality. But which really defined me? The Sunday school answer was always the backdrop: "I'm God's child. He loves me and made me in His image." Why was that never enough?

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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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My Dad's Impromptu Challenge

Posted on 12-Jun-13 12:34 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Today, with less than fifteen years left till I turn sixty-nine, I wish I were a whole lot further along toward these goals. I haven't even come close to attaining all of them. But I'm confident I have grown more in these areas than I might have if it hadn't been for my dad's question. So for challenging me to this exercise—and for so much more—thank you, Dad!

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Wrestling with Doubt: What to Do When It's Hard to Believe (Part 2)

Posted on 05-Jun-13 15:08 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: Relationship with God

Our circumstances can seemingly contradict what we know of our Savior. Much like a pilot who's trained to avoid spatial disorientation, I had to learn to rely on the instruments God has given so I wouldn't ultimately walk away from Him.

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Wrestling with Doubt: What to Do When It's Hard to Believe (Part 1)

Posted on 04-Jun-13 15:55 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: Relationship with God

I really felt I could burst with happiness at times. Then, something changed. Things seemed darker, laughter was infrequent, getting out of bed in a good mood took more effort, and it became just plain hard to believe God and His Word. I remembered reading about a "dark night of the soul" in college, assuming I knew what it meant. I didn't. But, now I think I do.

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Helping Your Kids Deal with Doubts About Their Salvation

Posted on 29-May-13 12:15 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Some time ago, I received the following appeal from a friend: "Would you have time to talk with my daughter? I stayed up till 3:00 this morning with her discussing whether she is saved or not. This has been a recurring talk for years, and I have nothing left to tell her. I thought you might have some counsel for her. Thank you!"

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When You Don't Know How to Help Her

Posted on 28-May-13 13:33 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

I know women like her. Stuck. Hopeless. At, or nearing, the end of their rope. Women I can't touch. Women I long to touch, but I just don't know how.

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Are You Afraid of Bad News?

Posted on 24-May-13 09:41 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

When I see a voicemail on my phone, fear often grips me. I guess I've received one of those "I'm sorry to have to tell you this but . . . phone calls that have turned my world upside down one too many times.

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Have Mercy!

Posted on 22-May-13 13:00 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

With that thought in mind, I decided to ask the Lord who I was not being merciful to. The answer came into my heart in a single beat. "Your husband." Come again, Lord?

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What's Lurking in Your Spam Folder?

Posted on 21-May-13 13:06 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I try to check my Spam folder with some regularity as important emails can get stuck there. But I have to admit, I dread the job. Immediately I’m hit with all kinds of strange names and subject lines. People are hawking everything from flab-control pills to lonely senior citizens wanting to chat. But today when I scanned the folder, I wanted to cry.

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Five Things Every Christian Should Know

Posted on 21-May-13 08:41 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

The road is hard, temptations will come, life is short, eternity is for real, people are not perfect. These things may seem obvious to some, but my gut tells me they’re not obvious to everyone. Or maybe you just need to be reminded . . .

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How to Be Used by God in Great Ways

Posted on 13-May-13 14:16 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

Do you feel like your life is on hold, like you've been forgotten, like nothing exciting ever happens to you? Think again. Today is simply the time God is preparing you for. Don't believe me? Check out the prophet Elijah's story.

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When "That's Not Fair" Is the Mantra of Your Soul

Posted on 07-May-13 15:50 by Erin Straza | Twitter: @ErinStraza
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

Life isn't fair. Sin has broken this world and everyone in it. Things are a mess. Fair is no longer an option. Grace, however, is still on the table. And grace trumps fair every time.

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God Will Not Change His Mind About Me

Posted on 06-May-13 16:49 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: Relationship with God

Rejection is a bitter pill all of us have to swallow at some point, but here's a truth that will transform the way you respond from the inside out.

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When You're Feeling Overwhelmed

Posted on 01-May-13 13:46 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

Try Jehoshaphat's approach: "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."

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The Myth of the "Super-Christian"

Posted on 05-Apr-13 17:04 by Dr. Juli Slattery | Twitter: @DrJuliSlattery
Topics: Relationship with God

Do some women just  have a 'super-human' spiritual gene?

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Revel in the Wonder

Posted on 04-Apr-13 13:47 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Let it sink in deep. God loved you first!

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Was the Cross Really Necessary?

Posted on 27-Mar-13 15:55 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Relive the Easter story with Cleopas and his friend.

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Flakey Peter

Posted on 27-Mar-13 15:34 by Jani Ortlund | Twitter: @JaniOrtlund
Topics: Relationship with God

Like Peter, Christ doesn't see you as who you are today, but as who you will be!

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Dear Holy Spirit . . .

Posted on 22-Mar-13 15:14 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

In which Lina writes a letter to the Holy Spirit . . .

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Reboot: Romans 5 and 6: The Unbelievably Good News That We Believe

Posted on 19-Mar-13 17:03 by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Topics: Relationship with God

Learn how God can forgive us without making us pay our 'fair share.'

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Reboot: The Bad Good News, The Good Good News

Posted on 11-Mar-13 15:05 by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Topics: Relationship with God

Paul demolishes our delusions of goodness, but God is on a mission to save. And that's the best news ever.

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When You Want to Seek God . . .

Posted on 12-Mar-13 16:52 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Read why Kimberly gets so excited when she hears a woman say she wants to know God.

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Reboot: Good News in Romans 1 and 2

Posted on 07-Mar-13 16:36 by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Topics: Relationship with God

We all have an insatiable appetite for good news. Here's some for you. 

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He's Perfect

Posted on 05-Mar-13 16:52 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Have you been disappointed lately in others or yourself? Be reminded of what you have in Jesus.

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Romans Reboot

Posted on 04-Mar-13 16:10 by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Topics: Relationship with God

A great way to prepare for Easter!

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New PBS Documentary on Women Who Make America

Posted on 21-Feb-13 10:57 by Heidi Jo Fulk
Topics: Relationship with God

If you watch this documentary, here are some things to consider.

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A Romantic Weekend Gone Awry

Posted on 21-Feb-13 10:30 by Linda Green
Topics: Relationship with God

What Linda learned when her plans went awry.

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Confessions of a Former Legalist

Posted on 20-Feb-13 10:09 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

Trying to impress God? Lina can relate.

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Ponder Anew . . .

Posted on 18-Feb-13 16:08 by Jani Ortlund | Twitter: @JaniOrtlund
Topics: Relationship with God

Four-year-old Lizzie feels certain God will enter sympathetically into her world, her pain. How about you?

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Right Where I Am: Finding Treasure In the Ache

Posted on 13-Feb-13 14:03 by Shannon Wexelberg | Twitter: @SJWexelberg
Topics: Relationship with God

Shannon shares the heartbreak and hope behind her song, "Right Where I Am." Plus, five giveaways of her new CD!

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Kristen's Story: True Freedom

Posted on 05-Feb-13 17:32 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Kristen thought sex was a stepping stone toward a deep, meaningful relationship. But soon, what she thought she controlled started to control her.

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How to Change

Posted on 27-Dec-12 10:11 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

If only spiritual transformation were that easy. Just read a book, see a counselor, attend a conference, make a fresh commitment, shed a few tears at an altar, memorize a few verses . . . and, presto, out comes a mature, godly Christian.

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What If Your “Scrambling” Is Actually Spirit-Led?

Posted on 06-Dec-12 13:56 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Bet you didn't know that behind the scenes, the closing TW12 message was one giant "scramble." Read about it here.

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Stopping by Your House to Say . . .

Posted on 20-Nov-12 13:46 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Take a few minutes to read some Thanksgiving Scripture with Nancy.

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What’s Your Story?

Posted on 30-Oct-12 10:11 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

What has God done in your life in 2012? We'd love to hear your story.

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Tonight's Concert of Prayer Opportunity

Posted on 29-Oct-12 15:45 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

If you enjoyed the Concert of Prayer at True Woman '12, you won't want to miss tonight's OneCry Prayer Summit.

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Hope In God No Matter What

Posted on 15-Oct-12 16:47 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

Are you going through a difficult season? Here are five principles from the life of Job that will help you find joy in God.

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Paralyzed Praise: A Conversation with Joni Eareckson Tada

Posted on 09-Oct-12 15:22 by Carrie Ward | Twitter: @AnEverydayMama
Topics: Relationship with God

This hilarious and insightful conversation will remind you to focus, not on what was or even on what is, but on what will be.

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You Did It. You Hid It. You Will Never Be Rid of It.

Posted on 08-Oct-12 15:09 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Yes, Andrea Griffith did it. Yes, she hid it. But Christ took her place on the cross . .  and she is finally rid of it!

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Come to the Quiet Place

Posted on 12-Sep-12 12:37 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

In a world of noise, come away to a quiet place to whet your appetite for Christ and His Word.

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The God Factor

Posted on 01-Aug-12 09:22 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

Without the God Factor my schedule would overwhelm me, words would escape me, criticism would destroy me, and life would overtake me.
I owe my life to the God Factor.

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Increasing Internal Temperatures and Intimacy with Christ

Posted on 18-Jul-12 14:48 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I'm entering a season of life where I’m really being stretched: physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I hate to admit it, but some of it is due to the age I've reached (sigh). It comes with its set of issues--sleepless nights, crazy temperature extremes (some nights my husband thinks I may internally combust), along with a middle-age weight battle.

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Seeing Church with Fresh Eyes

Posted on 17-Jul-12 15:15 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

Imagine you’ve never been to church before. Never heard of Jesus. Never read the Bible. You notice a lot of cars pulling into a building. You’re not sure what the fuss is all about. You decide to check it out.

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Wide Open Fields

Posted on 27-Jun-12 16:32 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: Relationship with God

Sometimes I look at the landscape of my life and see nothing but wide open fields. No mountains or valleys, no beachfront properties. Just wide open fields that span the horizon as far as my eyes can follow without a hint of wind in sight. Do you ever feel that way? You realize that you're not getting married anytime soon. You're not about to have a baby. You've already graduated from college and have what you thought was your dream job. You're part of a good church. Life is good, or at least good enough. You're not going anywhere anytime soon, and the future looks--well--there.

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Opening Night in Orlando: TGCW12

Posted on 22-Jun-12 19:15 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

You just never know what a day—or a weekend—might hold. I was gearing up for some much-needed R&R yesterday afternoon when my boss spontaneously asked if I’d like to LIVE blog The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference today through Sunday. And although my body craved a couple of around-the-clock-zzzz’s, my soul craved a fresh vision of God even more. And that is the story of how, less than 24 hours later, I found myself in Orlando, Florida, home of Sea World, Universal Studios, and just about every other fun theme park you can imagine. 

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A Quiet Coffee Morning

Posted on 06-Jun-12 12:36 by Maggie Paulus | Twitter: @MaggiePaulus
Topics: Relationship with God

All their lives, these people had missed God. Something deep inside them had always wanted to be with Him and now here He was. So they sat a while and spent time with the One who could see past the facade, right into all their brimming ache. They were hungry and His words fed them. They were soul-shattered and His words made them whole.

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Brushed Your Teeth Today?

Posted on 04-May-12 16:48 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

A question that puts things into perspective is: Have you brushed your teeth today? 

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What Two Vases Taught Me

Posted on 26-Apr-12 17:05 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Relationship with God

I searched for a visual picture that would help me understand. If everything flows from the presence of God, how could I live in God's presence? A speaker at a women's conference supplied the illustration . . .

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When Your Life is Really Wrecky

Posted on 20-Apr-12 15:01 by Maggie Paulus | Twitter: @MaggiePaulus
Topics: Relationship with God

Everyday I do all this cleaning. And it really doesn't matter how spic-n-span I get things the day before, a new day comes and it's not long at all before we've got a big ole' mess on our hands. And quite honestly, I get kinda tired of it. It wears me out. But, I've been learning something pretty cool . . .

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When You're Feeling Obstreperous . . .

Posted on 18-Apr-12 15:57 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Logophile or not, you'll appreciate this short video. In it, Nancy's friends get a little boisterous when she drops the word "obstreperous" into the conversation. Click play to learn what this word means, as well as to be reminded of the power of the WORD to transform any and all obstreperous women!

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Revival Changes Everything

Posted on 12-Apr-12 17:20 by Dan Jarvis | Twitter: @DanJarvisus
Topics: Relationship with God

My mom was an emotional wreck due to guilt over bad decisions; my dad was a heavy drug user. There was a moment in my childhood (actually more than one) when the fragile alliance we called "our family" was on the brink of breakup.

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Glimpses of Christ in Psalm 119

Posted on 21-Feb-12 17:10 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

My own heart was freshly warmed and stirred as I contemplated Christ in this light, and I trust yours will be, too, on this Good Friday.

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Powerfully Peaceful Music for Every Age

Posted on 02-Mar-12 15:18 by Carolyn McCulley | Twitter: @CarolynMcculley
Topics: Relationship with God

What deeply touched me was when Jay said in the video below that he's received letters from parents who said that their children were relieved of their night terrors and nightmares when they listened to these songs. Check out these videos below to learn more. More importantly, take a few minutes to be encouraged and soothed in your own busy day. I'm sure you'll end up a fan, as well.

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The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

Posted on 22-Dec-11 15:05 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

I'm starting to see why the Bible describes thanksgiving as a sacrifice. But, no doubt, it is a sacrifice worth making!

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A Slap on the Hand, A Kiss on the Cheek

Posted on 28-Nov-11 17:52 by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Topics: Relationship with God

Is there room in our very-serious-about-the-sinfulness-of-sin theology to say that sometimes, (many times?), the Lord woos us into obedience through kisses rather than slaps?

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Gender-Inclusive Bible: A Good Idea?

Posted on 21-Sep-11 17:26 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

I react to people reading from the new, gender-inclusive NIV the way I react to nails scratching down a chalk board. Here are ten reasons why.

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Before I Fall

Posted on 15-Sep-11 13:00 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

I'm glad I went, because God showed me I was in a dangerous place.

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Two Kinds of Desires

Posted on 14-Sep-11 12:09 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

What kind of desires are you fueling?

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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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Nothing Gets Past Him

Posted on 19-Aug-11 16:00 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

He notices your simple acts of service, your every tearful trial, your struggles, and your failures. He notices your humble acts of obedience and He notes every step of faith. No one else may see, but He does.

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Three Roots to Watch For . . .

Posted on 15-Aug-11 16:41 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

If we're truly "power houses," why does it seem like most of the time . . . the "electricity's" gone out? How do you explain this lack of power?

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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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My Extreme Makeover: Before and After

Posted on 05-Jul-11 14:36 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

I thought being a good Christian meant keeping a lot of rules (don't drink, don't have sex before marriage, don't cheat on tests or taxes, don't, don't, don't). So I didn't. And that made me feel good and proud about myself.

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From Striving to Soul Rest

Posted on 05-Jul-11 14:17 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Somehow I always knew the standard was perfection. Maybe it's because I am a firstborn. Or maybe it's because I was raised on the Bible. Either way, I knew I didn't measure up to God's holy standard. Sadly, it took me years to realize that Jesus was the source of my perfection . . .

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Do You Believe God Wants to Do More?

Posted on 28-Jun-11 12:31 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

"There is something more that God is wanting to do." Do you believe that? Or do your eyes glaze over when the word "revival" is mentioned?

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A Surprising Listen

Posted on 26-May-11 13:21 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I haven't been able to listen to anything else since. This CD so ministers to my heart that I play it from early in the morning until it's time for bed.

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Trust and Obey

Posted on 24-May-11 14:33 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

That is the year I came to believe at the core of my being that every event in our lives is being orchestrated by a wise, loving, and good God who really can be trusted. 

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A Tour of My Home

Posted on 18-May-11 15:08 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Homefront, Relationship with God

I try to keep my heart fixed on Christ, and one practical way I do that is by using visual reminders. In fact, I’d love to take you on a tour of my home. In lieu of a YouTube video, please join me on a “blog post tour” and use your imagination as you “drop by” for a visit!

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Starting the Day Off Right

Posted on 17-May-11 13:35 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Daily devotions was not something my parents forced on us, but the influence of my dad’s example and training in this area was profound. Although he has been with the Lord since 1979, the image of a dad on his knees before the Lord is indelibly etched on my mind and in my heart.

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A 20-Year-Old Writes About Biblical Womanhood for Teens

Posted on 06-May-11 15:18 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others, Womanhood

Hear about the book, a little about Hannah’s story, and how it all comes back to Jesus.

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The Kimyal Tribe's Joyful Celebration

Posted on 02-May-11 16:26 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Can you imagine what it would be like to have just received the New Testament in your own language for the very first time

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What Elizabeth Taylor Is Teaching Me About Legacy

Posted on 21-Apr-11 13:29 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

The movies, the husbands, the jewels, the magazine cover shoots . . . no one can quite hone in on the source of her fame and the reason why her legacy will last.

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How Christ's Resurrection Impacts You Daily

Posted on 20-Apr-11 12:21 by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Topics: Relationship with God

I remember a time when a friend was relating to me some difficulties in her life. I asked her, "What does the resurrection mean in this situation?" She answered, "I know it should mean something, but I don't know what." Most of us are there. We know that the resurrection is important but we haven't connected it with our daily lives.

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What Difference Does It Make?

Posted on 18-Apr-11 15:41 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

What does all this mean for us? What difference do the Cross and the empty tomb make for those who are facing pain or tears or failure? Here are some of the implications of that momentous weekend for people like you and me.

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The Surrendered Life

Posted on 20-Apr-11 09:14 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

I'm sure my scream took the phone from her ear. I'd asked for a boy. They'd long wanted a boy and thought their child birthing years were past. A boy. A good gift from the faithful Father. But that wasn't her only news. Pre-cancerous cells on her back.

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Keller, DeMoss, and Hansen on “Revival: A Gorgeous Thing”

Posted on 13-Apr-11 17:53 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

“It had been too long since I’d heard that God wanted to do more.”

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A Report of God's Mercy

Posted on 11-Apr-11 16:53 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

I began hearing reports that God was moving in an unusual way at the church Bill Elliff pastors in Little Rock. Our team and I have been following those reports over the past week, and . . .

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10 Years . . . 10 Friends . . . 10 Books

Posted on 29-Mar-11 15:31 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

You’ve been there, too, I know. You encounter disappointment, heartbreak, or hardship, and think, “God must not love me” or “I’m not worth anything” or “My circumstances will never change—this will go on forever!”

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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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No One Like Jesus!

Posted on 07-Mar-11 14:04 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

There truly is no one like Jesus—not even close! But it is one thing to give mental assent to that concept and quite another to make Him the supreme, unique object of our attention and affection.

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On a Treasure Hunt

Posted on 02-Mar-11 15:33 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

"I finally feel like I've come full-circle and have found the treasure that I've been searching for all my life. It's Jesus."

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Ten Indications That We Need Revival

Posted on 28-Feb-11 08:53 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

As you read through this list, do you see any indications of a need for revival in your own life (as I did)?

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Aching Arms and Tough Questions: Technology and Infertility

Posted on 28-Feb-11 17:47 by Mindy Kroesche
Topics: Relationship with God, Womanhood

According to Wikipedia, one in seven couples have problems in conceiving a baby. When you're facing a childless future, how do you know what's right when it comes to infertility treatments? Should you seek medical help? What kinds are okay? Is it even biblical?

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Blanketed by Grace

Posted on 25-Feb-11 16:26 by Bob Lepine
Topics: Relationship with God

A snow-blanketed junk yard or trash heap looks as beautiful as rolling hills or a pine forest because all you can see is the snow. The same is true for the trash heap that is our lives. The mess we’ve made of things becomes quiet and peaceful when it is covered over by a blanket of God’s grace. What was visible the day before is now forgotten as our once scarlet sins are made white as snow.

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Gauge Your Humility and Gratitude

Posted on 24-Feb-11 09:30 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Marriage, Relationship with God

"I think we are all basically entitlement freaks. Here's a good test question to find out if you've made progress in humility and gratitude: Ask yourself, 'Am I surprised that my spouse loves me? Do I think I am such a good 'catch' that of course my spouse should love me?'"

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Prettying Up Our Sin

Posted on 21-Feb-11 09:50 by Karen Waddles
Topics: Relationship with God

We hate, yet we choose to call it dislike. We are rude, yet we call it having a bad day. We lie, yet we call it stretching the truth. We are brazen and full of pride, yet we call it assertiveness.

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Slammed Anyone Lately?

Posted on 21-Feb-11 12:30 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

Not long into the message I began to get a little uncomfortable. My discomfort increased as the preacher began a tirade against certain individuals, even referring to them as “idiots.” Years later, I don’t have a clue what his text or his point was, but I can clearly recall this preacher’s critical words.

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He Put Skin On His Love

Posted on 15-Feb-11 16:21 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

If you’re not feelin’ it, the answer isn’t to make Him prove His love apart from His sacrifice on the cross, but to pour over those moments when He “put skin” to His love and bled and suffered for you, in your place.

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Fresh Awe . . . Our Incomparable Christ!

Posted on 08-Feb-11 17:04 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

When was the last time you felt . . . awe? I have to say, it is a feeling I feel entirely too infrequently. Except for lately.

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How I--An Atheist--Fell In Love With Jesus

Posted on 04-Feb-11 13:36 by Heidi Jo Fulk
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

"I cannot begin to express to you how Jesus has changed my life. I am so filled with love and joy that I am unrecognizable to even my husband. There literally is not one aspect of my life that has not been completely changed. I didn’t know joy until I knew Jesus."

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Are You Treating Jesus Like a Good Luck Charm?

Posted on 01-Feb-11 16:12 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

When I want to do well, want things to go my way, or even want to succeed for my own glory, I sometimes run to Jesus like I would a lucky rabbit’s foot or pre-game ritual. And when life throws me a curveball, I find myself wondering “Where were you on that one.”

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Tongue Fast

Posted on 31-Jan-11 16:51 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

You may never have literally taped your mouth shut, but could your tongue use a little taming?

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Out of Control in the Mountains of Colorado

Posted on 20-Jan-11 11:18 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

If you’d seen me—skis and poles flying every which way, kids hurrying out of my way, grown men shouting over their shoulder, “Are you okay?”—you would have laughed or cried ‘til you hurt.

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Want to see my Christmas gift?

Posted on 20-Jan-11 15:36 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

This Christmas, one of my gifts came a little early. Exactly two weeks before her due date, and two days before we were planning to leavefor the nine-hour trek to their home for Christmas, my daughter called to tell me early labor had begun!

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Five More Prayer Blockers

Posted on 10-Jan-11 10:07 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

Yesterday, we examined three areas that Scripture warns can clog up our prayer lives. Today, let’s take a closer look at five more “prayer blockers.”

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When Prayer Doesn’t Work

Posted on 08-Jan-11 13:51 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

If prayer is the pipeline through which we communicate with God, do you ever feel like your plumbing is blocked?

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Battling Discouragement and Depression with . . .

Posted on 04-Jan-11 15:18 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

Does Scripture memory sound like “just another thing to do” on an already overwhelming to-do list? What if you learned it was one of the greatest weapons with which to battle discouragement and depression in your life? Would that pique your interest a bit more? 

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How to deal with abundance

Posted on 28-Dec-10 13:46 by Bob Lepine
Topics: Relationship with God

If God, by His providence, gives us abundance as He gave to Job, David, Solomon and others, then we need to take great care to use our abundance wisely as we guard our hearts from covetousness. 

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A Warrior Child

Posted on 17-Dec-10 16:51 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

As you focus on the lovely manger scene today and tomorrow, remember that although the setting appears peaceful, this night brings a warrior Child, the One who will conquer death, hell, and the grave.

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How would Jesus celebrate Christmas?

Posted on 21-Dec-10 16:13 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

Between Santa and jingle bells, Christmas parties, and presents to buy and hope for, I think most of us struggle to keep our attention focused on the baby in the manger. I've worked hard to make this a Christmas where I had time to consider the sacred. That's why I keep wondering how Jesus would celebrate His birth.

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What are the angels doing this Christmas?

Posted on 17-Dec-10 16:41 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

As I recently wove my way through the mass of mall shoppers, past the long line waiting for Santa’s knee, avoiding the tempting smell of far too expensive coffee, I heard familiar carols blasting overhead: “Angels we have heard on high . . .” And I wondered, What are the angels doing this Christmas?

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Why Shepherds?

Posted on 17-Dec-10 16:21 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Perhaps you struggle with insecurity or feel you have nothing to offer. Take heart, you serve One who seeks those who know they are needy, and who delights in using small and ordinary tasks as preparation for the extraordinary.

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The God of the Unexpected

Posted on 16-Dec-10 11:51 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

Elizabeth’s cold barrenness and years of humiliation melted like snow under warming sun as she praised God’s unexpected work in her life.

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Does It Matter What I Eat?

Posted on 15-Dec-10 16:57 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God

If you’re feeling ragged these days, you might consider heeding the angel’s advice to Elijah:“Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you” (1 Kings 19:7).

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Microwaves and the Eternal God

Posted on 10-Dec-10 09:17 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Do you remember when postal mail was the only option? As a child, I had a pen-pal in Seoul, Korea. Because of the geographic distance, our correspondence required several days of waiting patiently between letters. While I love the ease and convenience of email, I think living without “waiting” may make it difficult for us to grasp the concept of the eternal.

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Keep praying, moms!

Posted on 02-Dec-10 22:14 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationship with God, Sexuality

What would it be like to raise a child to know God's truth and then watch her choose rebellion? How would I feel if my own children chose to stay in a pattern of sin for more than a decade? Would I persevere to keep praying?

 



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The Sacrifice--And Promise--of Gratitude

Posted on 02-Dec-10 12:12 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Are you facing a circumstance that just doesn't naturally call for gratitude? You're trying to be brave. You want to do the right thing. But trying to be thankful for what God is doing in your life right now . . .

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Do you have plionexia, too?

Posted on 02-Dec-10 21:51 by Bob Lepine
Topics: Relationship with God

It's hard to live where we live and watch what we watch and listen to what we listen to and not covet. We are bombarded with enticements to covet.

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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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Connecting the Dots

Posted on 12-Nov-10 12:31 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"Seven years later, I still fall back into my worry-and-need-to-control bouts every now and then. In these times, it is so reassuring to go back to the journals I wrote during those last months in Orlando. I review my prayers, and my faith is strengthened as I look back and see how God used every delay, problem, and hurdle for good in my life. I have been able to connect the dots between seemingly isolated events, and have been able to see God’s hand through it all; like the weaving of a tapestry."

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Finding the Right Church for You

Posted on 08-Nov-10 14:35 by Bob Lepine
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

It’s fine to take all kinds of issues into consideration as you decide on a church home for you and your family. But there are more important issues to keep in mind as you determine where you should worship. Here are a few of the issues I’d put on my list . . .

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You’re On His Mind

Posted on 03-Nov-10 16:15 by Holly Elliff | Twitter: @TSCMomlink
Topics: Relationship with God

It’s nice to be remembered. A card on a special day, a look from a knowing friend, a new acquaintance that thinks enough about you to call you by name. What does this personal attention—this remembrance—from the God of the universe mean?

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Know that you know God’s Word

Posted on 07-Oct-10 11:02 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Do you know what God’s Word says about money? About work and rest and food? How about what it says about womanhood?  In this video, Kay Arthur encourages you to know what the Word of God says about these areas—and so many more!

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Turning the Corner on Worry Prayers

Posted on 06-Oct-10 09:48 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

When we take our eyes off all we are not seeing God do, and begin thanking Him and proclaiming His goodness for all we haveseen Him do–our perspective transforms from worry . . . to praise and gratitude!

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Can I climb up in your lap?

Posted on 29-Sep-10 16:15 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Jesus doesn’t look to rub shoulders with the high and mighty, doesn’t seek to gain popularity among the rich and famous, and doesn’t care about his approval rating among the American Idol crowd. He watches for the needy and bends low to pick up the humble child who reaches for Him.

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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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Repentance Starts With . . . Me!

Posted on 15-Sep-10 14:59 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

Praying for our nation really begins by praying for the church. And we can’t separate the “church” from the individuals who comprise her . . .

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Why church membership?

Posted on 31-Aug-10 12:21 by Bob Lepine
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

"Are you an accountable member of a local church? Not just: Is your name somewhere? But, are you committed to discipline and being disciplined according to biblical standards?"

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Laying It All Out

Posted on 01-Sep-10 17:43 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

When the vicious threats reach the King Hezekiah's ear, he knows just what to do. He goes to prayer.
In childlike trust this mighty king takes the enemy’s pompous letter and literally spreads it out before God.

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In the Throne Room

Posted on 25-Aug-10 16:54 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

. . . The four creatures who surround God’s throne and the twenty-four elders seated on thrones--well, they look at each other incredulously for a few seconds and then whisper, “Is that ALL she’s going to ask?!”

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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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Transformed!: The Holy Spirit and New Life

Posted on 10-Aug-10 17:18 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

So which is it? Does God do the fighting, while we “rest in Him,” or do we have to fight against the enemies of our souls? According to Scripture, the answer is, yes.

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Transformed!: Relationship and Discipline

Posted on 09-Aug-10 17:02 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

I can remember sitting in tiny, windowless practice rooms for hours on end as a college student, playing the same piece of music over and over again. I knew I would never reach my goal—to make beautiful music—without that rigorous discipline.

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Stop Trying, Start Dying

Posted on 05-Aug-10 16:09 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

“God uses us best when we try least to be needed by Him."

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On Walking and Praying

Posted on 22-Jul-10 12:51 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

If you at all enjoy praying or walking, can I encourage you to listen to this really practical conversation? Or, if you're feeling rather stymied in your prayer life . . . Either way, I think you'll catch a bit of Christ’s heart for the world as you listen to Erin Davis.

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Leaves of Promise

Posted on 07-Jul-10 15:09 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others, When Life's Hard

Last summer I faced one of those painful seasons when a loved one fell to temptation at great personal cost.

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How do I develop more love for Jesus?

Posted on 01-Jul-10 13:02 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

For those of you who can relate to this struggle, I thought I’d share a few things I've learned that might be helpful.

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Girls Gone Wise 12: Spotting a Fake

Posted on 28-Jun-10 15:07 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Most of us wouldn’t dare deal in counterfeit cash. But yet we tolerate counterfeit spirituality.

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Rain

Posted on 24-Jun-10 14:14 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

The added rumble of thunder--without the threat of a lightning storm--only adds to the afternoon drama.

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Need a Peace Retreat?

Posted on 15-Jun-10 18:09 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

How many of you are ready for a peace retreat? You don’t have to head off to a cabin in the woods (that does sound nice, though!) or rent a private hotel suite for this escape.

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Inspiring husband-wife duo memorize together—you can, too!

Posted on 14-Jun-10 16:30 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Bryan and Erika are just an ordinary couple. If they can do it (especially with a 19 month old and another on the way), we can, too!

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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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Leading you to the oasis of God’s Word

Posted on 28-May-10 11:26 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Here at Revive Our Hearts, we think that anything to get you memorizing God’s Word is a good thing.

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I have an early morning date!

Posted on 25-May-10 12:33 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I have an early morning date and every time I remind myself that “Tomorrow is the day!” excited tingles hint of the thrill it will bring.

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“Lessons Learned in the Dark”

Posted on 24-May-10 15:29 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God, True Woman Conferences

"Blindness is one of those words like cancer, like divorce, like autism, like bankruptcy that we just don’t ever expect to hear, and we certainly don’t expect it to become our word . . ."

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Running Scared

Posted on 14-May-10 17:24 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Running frantically in the opposite direction, they attempted to push their extremely large bodies through the small six-by-six opening of the hog-wire fence bordering the property . . .

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Mary Ann on "Voices": Whimpering to Jesus

Posted on 06-May-10 16:49 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"Recently I had my fourth kidney stone. Have you ever had one? The pain is unrelenting, consuming, and unresponsive to any 'over-the-counter' pain meds. It's a paralyzing, helpless, hopeless kind of feeling.  My initial response to the pain was to focus inwardly and whimper to Jesus for relief."

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Holly on “Voices”: What is God DOING?!

Posted on 04-May-10 12:58 by Holly Elliff | Twitter: @TSCMomlink
Topics: Relationship with God

If you are breathing, at some point there will be a moment in your life when you have absolutely NO idea what the Lord is doing, why He doesn’t seem to be following your life plan, and whether or not He is worthy of your trust.

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What Enkelejda taught me

Posted on 16-Apr-10 11:12 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

It’s not every day a girl like me gets to meet a woman like Enkelejda Kumaraku . . .

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Erin Roberts' New Purpose

Posted on 08-Apr-10 14:46 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Erin Roberts was inspired to start memorizing Scripture when she heard Nancy Leigh DeMoss interviewing Nancy Epperson on the subject. Be encouraged to dig in to the Word of God, too, as Erin shares about the new purpose she’s found.

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Cherish Grace

Posted on 01-Apr-10 14:20 by Carolyn McCulley | Twitter: @CarolynMcculley
Topics: Homefront, Relationship with God

It's easy to cast ourselves among the few who, like Mary Magdalene, were truly appalled by the cross, isn't it? But C.J. Mahaney makes a compelling case otherwise.

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A Truly Liberated Woman

Posted on 19-Mar-10 14:22 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Throughout history women have sought liberation through political means, financial resources, even by way of self-actualization and mystical spiritual enlightenment. But nothing else can bring true liberation—one can only find true freedom in Christ.

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Planting Hope

Posted on 18-Mar-10 09:41 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

One late autumn day last year, when my world had caved around me, my friend Maggie gave me a priceless gift.

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How are you running?

Posted on 23-Feb-10 22:23 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Is your heart tied to the temporary or are you living for the forever?

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Come, see a Man . . .

Posted on 12-Mar-10 14:00 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Do you hear it?

It's the sound of the gospel's transformational power at work! Only Jesus can step into a life and produce the kind of change that affects whole communities. 

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Avatar's Pandora and Christianity's Heaven

Posted on 08-Mar-10 21:48 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

What if Jesus' presence was the only thing missing from an otherwise perfect world? Could you be content?

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A Longing Heart

Posted on 23-Feb-10 22:53 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

If you've grown dull in your approach to the Almighty, today you can begin cultivating a fresh hunger for Him!

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Christ—Our Valiant Warrior!

Posted on 05-Mar-10 16:29 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

The True Woman Conferences are designed to serve a greater purpose than just a great weekend with friends (which we hope attendees will experience), but its purpose is to inspire, equip, and prepare women to live out God's calling on their lives in the midst of a culture that presents a very unbiblical picture of womanhood.

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Isaiah 53: A Shocking Portrait of Christ

Posted on 03-Mar-10 15:03 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Beware. The portrait of Christ in Isaiah 53 can be surprisingly shocking. 

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Why it should be more than scratch paper for your grocery list

Posted on 03-Mar-10 15:13 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Whether you realize it or not, you’re basing your life on some creed or set of beliefs. The way you pick up those toys or respond to those emails or eat reflects what you believe.

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Lessons Learned in the Flea House

Posted on 08-Feb-10 15:20 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Rodents in various sizes and stages of life, holes in the walls, the ceiling, and floors—all convinced me this was more than I could bear. But in the days to come I began to say, "Yes, Lord. I surrender to Your will."

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Tugging on the Almighty

Posted on 26-Feb-10 14:08 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I am asking Jesus to do more than we can imagine in Chattanooga. Will you join me in tugging on the hem of the Almighty in prayer?   

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True Woman Videos: Truth . . . and where it's found

Posted on 31-Dec-09 11:52 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Janet Parshall expresses concern for women who are being taken as “prisoners of war,” talks about the importance of truth, and explains where exactly to find it in a culture that doesn’t believe it exists.

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Taste deeply!

Posted on 23-Feb-10 21:20 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Are you struggling in your Christian walk? Have you become discouraged by your lack of endurance? How much joy are you experiencing? Consider whether you've tasted deeply of Christ.

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If it feels so right, how can it be wrong?

Posted on 23-Feb-10 10:22 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

The drama continues. Only this time, Eve isn’t the main character—you are. Sin is still seductive. The stakes are still high. The consequences are still devastating. The choice is yours. Will you listen to God’s voice?

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Getting Rid of the Garbage

Posted on 04-Feb-10 16:35 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Taking out the trash has never been so complicated ever since the suburban municipality I live in instituted a new garbage collection system last year. I am so grateful that the Lord has such an uncomplicated, effective system for us to get rid of the garbage in our lives!

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24/7 Warriors

Posted on 19-Feb-10 15:16 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I was so encouraged by those of you who responded last week to let me know that you are joining with us in prayer. Are you eady to go shoulder-to-shoulder in prayer-battle with us with this week's requests?

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Craving Fresh Bread

Posted on 18-Feb-10 10:15 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

When my friend suggested eating at a certain café specializing in gourmet breads, I hesitated only a moment before I agreed. I hate to remind people that I have Celiac disease and am unable to eat wheat products. But I was not prepared for my reaction. I was not prepared for this old familiar longing.

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A Time for Feasting or Fasting?

Posted on 16-Feb-10 14:18 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

Last week, one month after the devastating earthquake, Haitian President Rene Preval took the unprecedented step of canceling this year’s Carnival celebration, calling instead for a national season of fasting and prayer.

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Ready to do battle?

Posted on 13-Feb-10 09:31 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

As we quickly approach the first True Woman ‘10 Conference, we are well aware that this is an endeavor of gigantic spiritual proportion, and as such we are calling on all prayer warriors to partner with us as we intercede for the details of the True Woman ‘10 Conferences.

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Young Love

Posted on 10-Feb-10 20:41 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Returning to seasons of young love can refresh a weary heart—young marital love as well as young love for the Savior.

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Meet Jennifer Rothschild and Learn the Secret to Her Joy

Posted on 02-Feb-10 14:40 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Get to know Jennifer Rothschild—a woman who, despite her blindness—is marked by deep joy and trust in God.  

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Inspired by the Crowd

Posted on 02-Feb-10 14:40 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

When I consider these men and women who smiled at a death that held no power over them, who longed for the Messiah from afar, who welcomed the opportunity to die as martyrs and lived as though this world had no grip on them—it humbles me. 

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Grace abounds, and we'll work on the lovin'

Posted on 01-Feb-10 13:52 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Yesterday I was reminded that love is so much more than a sentiment. The sort of love and compassion that God requires of us was first personally shown to us on the Cross, and it’s this very love that propels us as we love others practically—even at great personal inconvenience.

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True Woman Videos: A mom's impact through prayer

Posted on 31-Dec-09 16:41 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

According to Fern Nichols, prayer is the most important thing you can do. She shares about the impact her mom’s prayers had on her as a little girl, and then also talks about when God keeps us in the “waiting room.”

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900 years worth of resolutions!

Posted on 06-Jan-10 17:26 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

On January 1, I dusted off and opened up my One-Year Bible. On January 5, my eyes grew wide as I read that Adam lived 930 years. (I had forgotten that people used to live so long!) Can you imagine the opportunities for improvement if you were able to make 8 or 900 New Year’s resolutions? I thought to myself.

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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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Are you ready to get your hands dirty? (ROH’s Monthly Memory Plan)

Posted on 04-Jan-10 17:18 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Scripture memory is just another discipline that helps us bury the Word deep in the soil of our hearts. So, is anyone else ready to get their hands dirty?!   

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New Year, New Focus

Posted on 10-Dec-09 13:44 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

The Christmas rush is over, the holiday meal is behind, and you “go-getters” have probably already relegated the lights and decorations to storage. Things should be slowing down a bit, so now is the perfect time to evaluate and plan.

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Recovering the Wonder

Posted on 21-Dec-09 16:20 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Homefront, Relationship with God

If your passion for God has grown cold, consider refueling your fire this way . . .

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"Good Tidings" for Fearful Days

Posted on 30-Nov-09 14:11 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Homefront, Relationship with God

It's easy to be afraid today, hearing news reports of wars and bombings, listening to dire financial predictions, and seeing corruption all around us. But God does not want His children to struggle with fear. His message throughout Scripture is “fear not.”

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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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Christmas shopping? Skip the squid soap.

Posted on 30-Nov-09 13:53 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Homefront, Relationship with God

Regardless of when you decide to shop for Christmas, don't go out unless you're armed with at least three things.

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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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Moms In Touch International: True Woman '10 Conference Partner

Posted on 05-Nov-09 16:39 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God, True Woman Conferences

Revive Our Hearts is delighted to partner with four incredible ministries to bring you three True Woman '10 National Women's Conferences. I want to tell you about each of these ministries over the next several weeks, beginning with Moms in Touch International.

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Tethering

Posted on 30-Oct-09 16:31 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Relationship with God

When I am not proactive about my relationship with God, I “drift” into my own way. A canoe that is not tethered to a pier drifts out into deep waters where it can be capsized by high waves.

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Family Planning

Posted on 13-Oct-09 18:47 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

We'd been married just over a year when God's sovereignty collided with my plans for children.

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He is my own son!

Posted on 02-Oct-09 12:16 by Mindy Kroesche
Topics: Relationship with God

I heard a speaker on a radio program once talk about adoption in terms of "grafted into our family." I really liked that image . . . 

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What if I can't have children?

Posted on 02-Oct-09 11:45 by Mindy Kroesche
Topics: Relationship with God

As we talk about children this month, I want to reach out to those of you who haven't been able to have any. Infertility can be a lonely place—I know. I've walked that road, too.

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We read the Bible . . . you can too!

Posted on 13-Oct-09 13:26 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: With Your Kids, Relationship with God

"Suddenly an idea hit. I had two goals: I wanted to read the Bible, and I wanted my children to know God’s Word. Why not do both at the same time? Why not read the entire Bible together?"

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Help! Mommydom leaves me no time for God

Posted on 13-Oct-09 14:53 by Holly Elliff | Twitter: @TSCMomlink
Topics: With Your Kids, Relationship with God

Seven practical tips on creating space to hear from the Lord during the hectic years as a mom . . .

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Pray with your eyes open

Posted on 21-Sep-09 11:38 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: With Your Kids, Relationship with God

I want to share one of the prayers that I prayed from time to time when I sensed that something was amiss in my child’s life.

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Spreading the "True" Gospel

Posted on 24-Sep-09 20:36 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

The reality of the gospel compels us to tackle mercy ministries, but we must never replace sharing the gospel of the kingdom with the kingdom service of the gospel.  

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Posted on 18-Sep-09 11:06 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Impacting your world, Womanhood, Relationship with God

"As Christians, we have an opportunity to help families around the world by both standing against incredible injustice against women and by preaching the gospel of reconciliation. Let's not lose any ground to lesser solutions."

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Defending the Faith

Posted on 22-Sep-09 09:13 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Impacting your world, Relationship with God

People who argue against the existence of God need to be pointed to the evidence that supports His reality.

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Is God Listening?

Posted on 14-Sep-09 10:16 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Americans are now living in the third largest mission field in the world. Current statistics indicate that less than twenty percent of Americans attend church on any given Sunday.

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When prayer meetings aren't enough

Posted on 03-Sep-09 16:09 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God

If we are praying for revival, while failing to deal with those things in our hearts, lives, and relationships that are standing between us and the Lord, then we are wasting our breath.

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What is revival?

Posted on 03-Sep-09 15:35 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

You may not be familiar with Life Action Ministries (the parent ministry of Revive Our Hearts) or even the term "revival," so today I'd like to share a little about both.

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Transformed Women: Laura Mathias

Posted on 28-Aug-09 18:43 by Mindy Kroesche
Topics: Marriage, Relationship with God

Although we usually focus on True Woman events here on the blog, I wanted to go in a different direction today and share with you the story of one woman who is finding healing in her heart and marriage through the True Woman message.

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Taking a Biggish Step Toward Humility

Posted on 02-Jun-09 15:19 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Womanhood, Relationship with God

Is your heart filled with pride or with humility? Take a look at this list, and examine your heart to take a "biggish" step toward humility today.

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Test Strip for the Heart

Posted on 03-Jun-09 15:53 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others

According to the disciple John, the true indicator of the extent of our love for God is the extent of our love for those around us ... especially the individuals who really irk us.

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Why I asked . . .

Posted on 31-Mar-09 17:08 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

It reminds me of sitting at the supper table as a little girl, shoveling the last bite of food into my mouth, and saying to Mom in one fast, slurred syllable, “ThankyouforthegoodmealmayIbeexcused?” I always said it. Every night . . .

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Do you?

Posted on 30-Mar-09 16:09 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Tomorrow, I promise, I’ll be less mysterious and explain why I asked.

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In the School of Prayer

Posted on 19-Mar-09 15:37 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I still have much to learn in the “school of prayer.” What I've found most helpful is studying the models and prayers of Scripture. When my prayers are shaped by Scripture, I am confident that they are in line with God's purposes and will.

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Joni Tada on "Word-woven Prayers"

Posted on 24-Mar-09 15:06 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"Often I attend prayer meetings where various requests for healing, finances, safety in travel, or job promotions are divvied out. Naturally, we desire prayer for such things. But a closer look at God's Word would reveal deeper and more divinely inspired ways to pray for friends and family."

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Joni Tada's prayer for her new hubby

Posted on 24-Mar-09 14:47 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"Not long after the honeymoon was over, I learned that my new husband preferred to spend Monday nights in front of the TV with chips, salsa, and the NFL rather than being my hands to write out my Bible study for me. Horrors, I thought, he's not a man of the Word!"  

 

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Praying Scripture

Posted on 24-Mar-09 10:30 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Do you ever get “stuck in a rut” in your prayer life? Praying Scripture will help!

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A peek into my prayer life

Posted on 20-Mar-09 13:28 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I have a loose-leaf binder where I log dates of prayer requests and answers received . . .  

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My friend Deb on prayer: Part 2

Posted on 16-Mar-09 20:03 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"He answers in ways that literally take my breath away . . . His gracious giving of power to do what feels impossible to do, the perfect timing in which He answers, and the way He answers–revealing complete knowledge and understanding beyond human wisdom or even comprehension." 

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My friend Deb on prayer: Part 1

Posted on 16-Mar-09 17:38 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Every once in awhile, I meet someone whose life nearly takes my breath away with its beauty. My friend, Debra Fehsenfeld, is a passionate follower of Jesus, a wife and mother of four, a lover of all people, and a praying woman. (She’s cool, too!) I asked if she’d answer my questions about prayer . . .

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Prayer: Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth

Posted on 13-Mar-09 17:10 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Years ago, I asked God what it meant to worship Him in spirit and in truth . . .

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Prayers of Thanksgiving

Posted on 16-Mar-09 11:43 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Last summer, my son, Matt, who had just moved back home after being away for eight months, came into the kitchen, gave me a huge hug, and exclaimed, “Mom, thank you SO much for folding my laundry!” My first thought was to check his forehead to see if he was running a temperature . . .

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Praying Your Emotions

Posted on 12-Mar-09 12:37 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Did you know that the book of Psalms—found in the middle of your Bible—is one of the most practical, helpful prayer tools available to you?

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The "WOW" Factor

Posted on 06-Mar-09 16:50 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Last season, TV viewers cast nearly 500 million votes in support of their favorite contestants on American Idol. It’s natural to express praise for that which we enjoy . . .

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Blocked Communication

Posted on 10-Mar-09 11:14 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

The equation is simple really: Unconfessed sin equals no audience with God; Confessed sin means God is “all ears”!

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Your prayers could unleash a "war" today

Posted on 09-Mar-09 12:03 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Are you ready to give up on prayer? Does it seem like God doesn’t hear, anyway?

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Prayer CPR--Check your Prayer Pulse (Part 2)

Posted on 03-Mar-09 13:13 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Here are three simple steps to help strengthen your prayer heartbeat!

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Prayer CPR--Check your Prayer Pulse (Part 1)

Posted on 03-Mar-09 13:07 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

A few years ago, in front of a packed coliseum of hockey fans, a young hockey player skated off the ice, collapsed beside the player’s bench, and went into violent convulsions . . .

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Practicing Ceaseless Prayer

Posted on 03-Mar-09 11:30 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

The light bulb came on! I began to understand that my approach to prayer was far too mechanical.

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Calling all seasoned pray-ers and wannabes

Posted on 02-Mar-09 12:24 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Will you join me on this month’s adventure? Whether you’re a seasoned pray-er, or a wannabe, let’s learn together!

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Conquering the Fear Factor

Posted on 25-Feb-09 15:17 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

We think that we’ll get more out of life and relationships if we demand our rights and maintain control. But the Bible teaches that we get a lot more blessing when we trust God and do things his way. 

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Who's Your Master?

Posted on 23-Feb-09 11:12 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Through painful experience, I've learned this principle of yielding control: whoever or whatever I most frequently yield to becomes my master.

 

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Take that giant risk. Laugh in the face of fear.

Posted on 24-Feb-09 12:52 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

I don’t know about you, but the one thing that consistently holds me back from all-out surrender to God is fear. Fear that He won’t give me what I desire most.

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"I'm Still Standing Up on the Inside!"

Posted on 23-Feb-09 10:30 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

My “act of surrender” was more like a little boy whose mother keeps insisting he sit down in his highchair. When he finally unlocks his knees and plops into the seat, his glare tells the real story, “I may be sitting down on the outside–but I'm still standing up on the inside!”

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The Greatest Surrender Ever

Posted on 18-Feb-09 10:57 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

On this most bitter of nights, we watch Christ struggle . . . Three times He lifts the same request, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me." His agony is evident . . .

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My Right to Fight and Never Surrender

Posted on 18-Feb-09 10:23 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Ironically, the woman who digs in her heels often surrenders more than the one who bows her knee . . .

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40 Evidences That You May Have Left Your First Love

Posted on 10-Feb-09 13:12 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

How's your "love life"? 

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Who Do You Really Love?

Posted on 10-Feb-09 11:09 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Who or what is competing with God for first place in your life? Dr. David Powlison’s questions will help you find the answer—if you’re brave and committed enough to probe the depths of your heart for the answers.

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Maria's Surrender: Part 2

Posted on 04-Feb-09 15:47 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"Do I have desires? Yes. Do I have God-given abilities? Yes. Has God provided opportunity to use them right now? No. So, I wait on the Lord, rejoice, pray, and give thanks . . . and actually mean it now."

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Maria's Surrender: Part 1

Posted on 04-Feb-09 15:55 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"I'd been involved in some capacity of 'formal' ministry since 1980. And then, it all stopped. At first I was excited to see what was 'next.' . . . Then, nothing, except the same everydayness of life: walk the dog, feed the cat, count the new blooms on the geranium plant . . . you get the picture. I felt very useless, and worst of all, very alone."

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The Need for a Creed: Reflections on Creeds, Confessions, and Manifestos

Posted on 07-Jan-09 17:43 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Everyone has a creed. Even those who say they don’t believe in creeds have a creed. What exactly is a creed?

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Instructed to love

Posted on 03-Feb-09 10:03 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Do you find it curious—as I do—that we have to be instructed to love God?

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February: You can't handle it!

Posted on 02-Feb-09 15:54 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationships with Others, Relationship with God

This month, we will be focusing on . . .

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Some of Nancy's Favorite Bible Study Tools & Devotionals

Posted on 28-Jan-09 12:23 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Use these tools only after you have searched the Scripture carefully for yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the Truth in His Word, and work hard! Then—and only then—crack open these books, and learn from what God has spoken to others. If you are unfamiliar with how to use these tools, ask a pastor or another experienced student of the Word for help.

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Hmm . . . Doctrine???

Posted on 23-Jan-09 12:33 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Have you noticed how some people cringe when they hear the word “doctrine?” Recently, while sitting in a waiting room, an older gentlemen struck up a conversation with me about the book I was reading. After informing me that he was the pastor of a small country church, he boasted “I don't preach doctrine—I just preach Jesus!”

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Yes--That's the Book for Me!

Posted on 26-Jan-09 14:05 by Mary Kassian | Twitter: @MaryKassian
Topics: Relationship with God

Stanton felt so strongly that the original text of the Bible was bad for women that she put together a “revising committee” to . . . make recommendations to women about which parts of the Bible they ought to condemn and ignore.

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Soaking it up

Posted on 23-Jan-09 10:24 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Have you ever seen a sponge fall into a sink full of water? Immediately it absorbs as much water as it can hold. Think of your mind as a dry sponge, and devise a plan for absorbing as much of the Word as it will hold!

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And the winners are . . .

Posted on 15-Jan-09 16:48 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Here's a tool that can transform your Scripture memorization!

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How About a New "Governor"?

Posted on 09-Jan-09 12:32 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

I was riding in the car with my dad one day as a little girl, encouraging him to, “Go faster, Daddy, faster!” His response was puzzling, “I can't go faster, Kimmy, this car has a governor on it.”

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A survey . . . and a prize

Posted on 13-Jan-09 12:28 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Early next month, Nancy will record a new series on Scripture memorization. Your experience/insights would be extremely helpful to her. Therefore . . .

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Osmosis: It just ain't gonna happen

Posted on 12-Jan-09 11:49 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

. . . Kay Arthur likens it to reading a book about frogs instead of traipsing through the marsh looking for a real frog. It would be easier to read the book about frogs, but you’d only end up with secondhand knowledge. You’d never have a personal encounter with a frog.

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Eager to Dive In?

Posted on 09-Jan-09 10:04 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God

Being “women of the Word” begins with a heart that receives God's Word with eagerness. Do you desire to hear what God wants to tell you?

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The accusing voice in my head

Posted on 08-Jan-09 11:50 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

I’ll be honest with you—I failed in prioritizing time with Jesus the first few days of this month. And I struggled intensely with guilt as a result.

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What's your game plan?

Posted on 06-Jan-09 12:38 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

You may already have a regular Bible reading plan, but just in case you don’t, here are several. I can’t overemphasize the importance of a regular reading plan that includes all of God’s Word. At the same time, don’t put yourself in a box . . .

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Another Thirty-Day Challenge

Posted on 05-Jan-09 14:14 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Spend some time alone with the Lord every day in His Word and in prayer . . . accept this challenge, and we’ll send two of you the new ESV Study Bible!

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Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year

Posted on 15-Dec-08 14:37 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

How do you want to live in 2009?

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Place Your Confidence in the Lord: Surviving--And Thriving—In An Economic Crisis

Posted on 11-Dec-08 15:18 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Watch as Janet Parshall speaks to the importance of clinging to Jesus alone.

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Allow God to Reorder Your Priorities: Surviving--And Thriving--In An Economic Crisis

Posted on 11-Dec-08 15:08 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Watch Janet Parshall as she talks about the difference between our perishable treasure and our imperishable treasure.

 

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Allow God to Purify Your Heart: Surviving--And Thriving--In An Economic Crisis

Posted on 11-Dec-08 14:44 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Ask God what He is trying to say through these circumstances; let Him search your heart, and then respond in humility and obedience . . .

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Ask God to Fulfill His Purposes: Surviving--And Thriving--In An Economic Crisis

Posted on 10-Dec-08 22:44 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Last year, I smuggled Bibles into a closed country . . .

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Learn the Secret of Contentment: Surviving--And Thriving--In An Economic Crisis

Posted on 09-Dec-08 15:20 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

This morning I heard a 13-year-old boy who had just returned from a missions trip to El Salvador say, “I’m convinced that the more you have . . . the more you want . . . and the more discontent you become.” Smart kid, eh? 

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Look Up: Surviving--And Thriving--In An Economic Crisis

Posted on 05-Dec-08 15:12 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Looking up—fixing my eyes on my Provider God—is something I tend to hurry right past . . .

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A Week of Thanksgiving: Day 7

Posted on 25-Nov-08 16:19 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Dr. Helen Roseveare told of the release and peace that came when she sensed God asking her, “Helen, are you willing to give me thanks for that which I may never give you the privilege of understanding?”

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A Week of Thanksgiving: Day 6

Posted on 24-Nov-08 18:09 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

“If tomorrow’s supply depended on today’s thanksgiving, how much would I have tomorrow?”

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A Week of Thanksgiving: Day 5

Posted on 23-Nov-08 19:28 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

I just finished packing the remaining Thanksgiving leftovers in my fridge, washing the dishes, taking out the garbage--I’m wiped! I’m sure you are, too. Life has a way of doing that to us unless we’re incredibly intentional. You'll have to be intentional about today’s Thanksgiving exercise . . .

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A Week of Thanksgiving: Day 4

Posted on 22-Nov-08 21:44 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Who has blessed your life in some way? I’d love to hear what they did that really touched your life—big or small. 

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A Week of Thanksgiving: Day 3

Posted on 21-Nov-08 17:29 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Okay—this one is really fun. A little hard, but definitely worth your time. Here—you can peek over my shoulder and read my list . . .

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A Week of Thanksgiving: Day 2

Posted on 20-Nov-08 14:01 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Today's thanksgiving exercise showed me that it’s a whole lot easier for me to take inventory of my closet and to keep track of the state of my bank account than to know the privileges and position that belong to me in Christ. Isn’t that crazy?! . . .  

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A Week of Thanksgiving: Day 1

Posted on 19-Nov-08 16:46 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Developing the habit of thankfulness may require some practice! Exercise your “True Woman muscles” and join me for a “Week of Thanksgiving.” 

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Applying Sound Doctrine (Day 21 of the True Woman Make-Over)

Posted on 30-Oct-08 12:34 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: 30-Day Makeover, Relationship with God

We know so much. If we’d just live a fraction of what we know, we’d be spiritual giants instead of spiritual pygmies!

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15 Ways to Make Prayer a Natural Part Of Your Everyday Family Life (Part 2)

Posted on 14-Aug-08 14:48 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"Develop a missionary prayer notebook" . . . "Go on a prayer walk in your neighborhood" . . . 

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15 Ways to Make Prayer a Natural Part Of Your Everyday Family Life (Part 1)

Posted on 14-Aug-08 10:18 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

"Help your children see the beauty of God's creation and thank Him for it" . . . "Whenever you see or hear about someone in need, take time to pray about it with your children" . . . (If you don’t have kids, this list is still worth reading and implementing in your own life!)

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Special Offer: "Every Child Needs a Praying Mom"

Posted on 12-Aug-08 15:38 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Here’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Fern Nichols will be leading times of prayer at the True Woman ’08 Conference. But you don’t have to wait until then—or even be there—to benefit from her insights on prayer.

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TW08 speakers on Monday night football, prayer, and more

Posted on 06-Jun-08 20:46 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God

Conversations, stories, and snippets from the TW08 speaker team . . .

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