When You Feel Like the Chair Guy: What Defines Success?

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Chapter Eight in Come With Me by Suzanne Eller focuses on Peter’s younger brother, Andrew. Andrew is the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah and then it seems Andrew is shifted to the background. His brother Peter is promoted over him, and Andrew is moved to the bottom of the list. This story, along … Read more…

Following Where He Leads

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I like predictability. I am a planner and a list-maker. I am not a huge fan of change. Funny how life doesn’t really follow these ideals. And while the Lord is 100% solid and dependable, walking in faith does not follow a predictable plan either. I have had to restate my prayer of “Yes, Lord, … Read more…

Faith and Freedom

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“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Gal. 5:13 NIV). Recently we celebrated America’s 240th birthday. The United States of America, a country like no other, is known for its traditions of freedom and liberty. … Read more…

Stepping Out In Faith

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Recently, we had a chance to visit the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a beautiful place both aesthetically and spiritually. Spiritually, not because Billy Graham is a great evangelist, but because the purpose of the library is to spread the Gospel. At the library the Gospel is shared daily. Billy Graham … Read more…

Can We Really Make America Great Again?

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I struggled with the idea of posting this because while I love a good debate and meaningful conversation, that is not often found on the internet. Also, I did not want to fan the flames of divisiveness. However, I am truly struggling with how to vote this November, and as a Christian Conservative, I felt … Read more…

Five Inexpensive Ways to Practice Self-Care

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You grudgingly roll out of bed in the morning after smashing the snooze button two– okay, three or four—times. Your feet hit the floor, and you shuffle to the kitchen for coffee.  You groan at the thought of another day packed with things-to-do. Work, school, house cleaning, kids, practices, laundry, dinner. The long day after … Read more…

The Beauty of Books

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I love books! I always have. From the time I could put sounds together to make words, I have been a reader. I love a good fiction book that can take you to another place in the world or another place in time. I also love to read biographies and read about history. I love … Read more…

Authentic Lives, Authentic Faith

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“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42 NIV). The early church based their lives on four ideals: teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and praying. Are our churches rooted in worship and fellowship today? Are our lives? Today people, especially women, seem to work … Read more…

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way?

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Principles of Leadership What makes a good leader? Is it their style, their poise, their ability to command a room? Is it the headlines they make? The attention they receive? No, that is not what leadership is about. Unfortunately, that is the route our country is taking when choosing a leader. Our country is choosing … Read more…

Summer Saturday #3 (Link Up): Beach, Baseball, and Back Roads

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Well, I thought it was a good idea at the time. Using the summer days to work on my writing and hosting my first link-up to join with other writers and share our summers. After beginning the link-up, reality set in and traveling most of June is really infringing on the my writing time. I … Read more…

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