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    What Glasses Do You Look Through?

    It’s no secret that we view life through a lens that is very specific to us. This lens is created by our family background, genetic makeup, socio-economic standing, education, and local culture. I’ve heard it said most simply, “All you know is what you know.”. Some of these lenses are good! As Christians, the Bible should be held in such esteem in our lives that we look at everything within the context of what Scripture has to say about it. The Bible is our standard of right and wrong in a world that has blurred the line between. But many times, we end up looking through that lens backwards. We…

  • Life

    Practical Rest In A Busy Culture

    In a previous article we talked about rest, and how important it is that we understand where true and real rest come from. If you haven’t read that article, check it out HERE. It will be helpful in understanding the foundation of this article. I’m a fan of the practical. I don’t know about you, but I need someone to tell me more than just the principal at hand, but how to execute it. My husband is a worship leader, but he’s also a phenomenal preacher. Often times, when he is preparing a sermon, he previews it for me. And for those of you who have heard him speak, you…

  • Family,  Life

    To All Who Are Weary….Rest

    My personal journey over the last several years has been a difficult, yet rewarding season of life. Through a lot of hard work, pain, and grace, I feel like a fog has been lifted. Literally. I’ve been able to take back control of my mind and my time, and use the assets God gave me for His glory and the good of those around me. Before, I’d see an unattainable list of things that a good American woman ‘should’ be able to accomplish, and I’d just shut down, doing none of it. Now, I can prioritize better, and really devote energy to where it needs to go, and see real…

  • Life

    A Beautiful Kind Of Broken

    Brokenness: Being stripped of my self- sufficiency. My pastor used this definition in a recent sermon, and I was awestruck by the simplicity of it. The beauty of it. Not very often do we associate something that is broken with beauty, but life experience has taught me just that over the past several years. God has brought me to a place where brokenness is OK. I’ve always heard 2 Corinthians 12:9- about God’s power being made great through my weaknesses. And I know that it’s the Christian thing to say that I rejoice in my weaknesses. But I don’t think I really believed that down in my heart of hearts.…

  • Devotional,  Life

    Pray For Me? How To Love Others Through Prayer

    “I’m so sorry to hear that; I’ll keep you in my prayers” “Of course I understand how difficult that is, I’ll be praying for you and your family.” Though impossible to tabulate, I would love to know the statistics on how many people follow up with prayer for the concerns of their family and friends.  I know what those stats look like in my own life, and it’s pretty embarrassing.  More times than not, I use these phrases as a ‘Christian’ kind of encouragement.  An attempt to keep some Jesus in the middle of tough circumstances.  But the number of times I actually engage Jesus on someone else’s  behalf is…