I don’t

I don’t I don’t

I don’t

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Written by Cindy Word   “I don’t like spiders and snakes,” that old song could have been written for me. Most crawling creatures that make their way into my home will be gingerly scooped up and then will find themselves flying through the air as I pitch them from my front door. I have done […]

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If Only

If Only If Only

If Only

Written by Dene Nidiffer   Doesn’t your mind tell you? If only I had said it like this instead of that. If only I had been more prepared, I thought I was. If only I would follow the rules. If only I would master the mundane. If only I could stop. If only I would […]

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Fat Girl Faith

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Fat Girl Faith

Written by Rachel Snyder   I’ve struggled with my weight for many years. Like, all of them. My whole adult life has been spent between 220 and 250 pounds. A size 16/18 (sometimes closer to an 18, a 16 when I was feeling pretty svelte). I was about to start that whole love-the-skin-you’re-in-who-cares-if-I’m-fat thing. Finally. […]

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Always be Prepared

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Always be Prepared

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Written by Donna Bowles   I took a class one day entitled Generations at Work. I thought it would be helpful in all aspects of my job, as well as my Ministry to women of all ages. There were 30 people in the class, which consisted of men and women from all generations. I sat […]

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Life Partner

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Life Partner

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Written by Cyndi Word My children were ages 3, 1 and 3 months in the womb when I suddenly found myself as a single parent. I had a strong support system in the form of my family, but I knew I would need a partner “on the scene” and in my home as I raised […]

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Written by Angela Sutskhan   It happened again.  The fast heartbeat that I couldn’t ignore and the still small voice inside my head that wouldn’t stop whispering to me. I tried to dismiss it and talk myself out of it – surely God had someone more equipped to do this particular job. I needed to […]

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Do you wish or do you pray?

Do you wish or do you pray? Do you wish or do you pray?

Do you wish or do you pray?

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Written by Donna Bowles   Working in an elementary school at this time of the year, one of the highlights of my day is going out for recess. I long for fresh air and sunshine on my head even if it means enduring the cold for half an hour. Recently, a kindergartener I had not […]

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Called to Love

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Called to Love

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Written by Dene Nidiffer   If you’ve read anything I have written for this blog over time you know I have an adopted daughter. She’s the “apple of my eye”, she “completes me”… she really is an amazing kid (her name is Delaney). She is smart, funny, witty, kind, beautiful inside and out! I feel […]

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It’s only with surrender….

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It’s only with surrender….

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Written by Angela Sutsakhan This week a box arrived in the mail and on the cover was one of my favorite verses. When I opened an email the next day, God again put that verse before me. It is a verse that has encouraged me since I was a child, Romans 8:28:  “All things work together […]

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Listen, Learn, and Lead the Way

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Listen, Learn, and Lead the Way

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Written by Donna Bowles These are the words a local principal uses to inspire her staff and students. She places the words at the bottom of her weekly staff newsletter as a reminder of the goal she set for her school at the beginning of the school year. She also spends time with each grade […]

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Glass Houses

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Glass Houses

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Written by Dene Nidiffer   I’d venture to guess we have all heard or said or thought about the old saying…                   Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Its meaning is: You should not criticize other people for having the same faults that you yourself have. I’ve had the occasion recently to witness stones (really big and heavy stones) being thrown at my very best […]

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Put your hands in the air…

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Put your hands in the air…

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Written by Rachel Snyder …like you just don’t care! I’ve been contemplating worship lately. Specifically, my focus for the past few weeks has been on the act of putting hands up during the musical praise and worship in church. Why do we do this? I mean, CLEARLY only the awesomest, most devout of Christians would […]

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I treat my Jesus like I treat my gym

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Written by Katie Harrell A few months ago, I got married! The entire journey from dating to engagement to marriage has all been very exciting and challenging. Once Jake and I got engaged, we realized that we wanted to have a healthy marriage – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. As we looked at ourselves, we made […]

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How Do I Know I Am Continuing To Grow?

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How Do I Know I Am Continuing To Grow?

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Written by Dene Nidiffer I was 36 when I became a Christian.  I had a lot of catching up to do! Like many others it came to me when I began feeling like something was missing.  This was during a time of crisis.  I thank God that it even came to me at all.  His […]

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The Salve in the Sword

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The Salve in the Sword

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Written by Rachel Snyder I faced a particularly stressful personal situation this week. I was in tears more than once, frustrated that peace would not come and soothe my heart. I prayed and prayed for peace! You know, that peace that passes understanding? Like a dove or whatever, ascending on my heart and covering it […]

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Be an amateur

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Be an amateur

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Written by Lise Caldwell   I’m not a professional anything. Not really. OK. That’s not entirely true. Occasionally I do work and get paid for it, which is definitely appreciated, especially by my husband, who quickly informs me that the money I make will help pay our income taxes. Which is twisted, if you think […]

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What I learned on my hike

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What I learned on my hike

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Written by Cynthia Word   You don’t turn fifty every day. But this baby of the family is still spoiled at 50 and that family of mine treated me to a trip to Hawaii to celebrate my milestone. My beautiful niece goes to college on the island of Oahu and since my daughter and I […]

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Broken

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Broken

Written by Angela Sutsakhan I love having bible study with women where we open God’s Word and learn truths that can help us function in our everyday lives.   These truths help me not just to function, but they help me to thrive in my role as a wife, mother, and employee.   I love to get real […]

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The Garden

Written by Donna Bowles “But you, O Lord, be not far off: O my strength, come quickly to help me.”  Psalm 22:19 Spring is the season that used to be my most favorite — that is, until ten years ago.  It’s not that I don’t still appreciate the beauty of the flowers, the trees and […]

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Written by Debbie Poer,  Director of International Services TCM International Institute     For more than 12 years I have had the opportunity to serve with TCM International Institute (TCM). And through the years I have met some amazing women from Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East….women involved in many types of ministries…. impacting […]

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Authenticity

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Written by Dene Nidiffer Recently, my teen daughter encountered her first major “young woman” opportunity for authenticity… Someone she barely knew was talking behind her back to my daughter’s good friend. Another girl told my daughter that her friend did not stand up for her during this exchange. As we all have been, it hurt […]

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Keep Going

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Keep Going

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Written by Rachel Snyder   By the grace of God, I have a wonderful life. I have an incredibly godly, loving, supportive, handsome husband. He works for a good company and he’s home by dinner every night without fail. I have two darling children, a boy and a girl (a millionaire’s family, as it’s called), […]

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Sweatpant Grace

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Sweatpant Grace

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Written by Lise Caldwell Winter = Sweatpants. From the first cool temps of late October until the daffodils in my front garden raise their golden heads, I live in my sweatpants. Like a second (warmer) skin, my favorite pairs keep me cozy through the frigid winter months. My Dutch doll quilt (thanks, Mom!), my Hot […]

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What do you think?

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Written by Cynthia Word Matthew 22:15-17 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.  They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You […]

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Ignite Women is serious about changing the world! We’d like to share with you today a Non-Profit company that has boots on the ground actively changing the world. Come along on this journey that Emily Wierenga shares with us! You can also visit them under our Preferred Ministries page!   How an Ordinary, Everyday Mother […]

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Clothe Yourself

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Clothe Yourself

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Written by Angela Sutsakhan   A few weeks ago, my family and I were traveling to meet relatives at a hotel for a few days.  We had a great time catching up, hanging out by the pool, shopping and eating.  As we were checking out, I noticed that our hotel bill was $100 more than […]

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A Message from the Cows

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A Message from the Cows

Written by Donna Bowles I love to surprise the boys with “field trips” when they come to visit. I keep the destination a secret, so this brings up questions about where we are going and what we will do when we get there, and of course how long ‘til we get there? The excitement in […]

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Plan A or B

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Plan A or B

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Written by Dene Nidiffer   Lately, I’ve had the occasion to read several articles, blogs, notes about teams of people who had to make a point of taking time out to relax or take a break or refresh.  I guess the fact that more than one of these has come my way means I should […]

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You Run Your Race, I’ll Run Mine

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You Run Your Race, I’ll Run Mine

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Written by Rachel Snyder Over the past few years, I’ve been working really hard at contentment. I can say I’m happy without a palatial estate, a closet full of shoes, and diamonds on every finger. I mean, those are the extremes, but I’m content with what I have and with getting rid of what I […]

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Putting Off and Putting On: A Lenten Challenge

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Written by Laura Acuña Thinking of giving something up for Lent? Consider a challenge: This year, instead of giving up a favorite food or TV and those kinds of things, consider giving up a behavior or attitude that does not reflect well on your identity as a follower of Christ.  Let’s “put off” anything that […]

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Do You Want to Be a Big Girl?

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Do You Want to Be a Big Girl?

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Written by Laura Acuna. It was about eleven years ago that I came to the realization I was completely stuck in my walk with the Lord.  I had gone to church my entire life, spent countless hours in Bible studies, and attended many, many retreats and conferences.  I was even the Women’s Ministry leader in […]

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One Thing for the New Year

Written by Laura Acuña I don’t know about you, but I have been reading a lot of blog posts and articles this week about the New Year.  All kinds of Christian authors and speakers are writing about resolutions, taking a personal inventory, setting goals for the New Year etc.   While these things are all […]

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Advent Carol for December 25

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields […]

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Advent Carol for December 24

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Written by Lise Caldwell   O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious […]

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Advent Carol for December 23

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Written by Lise Caldwell   From the eastern mountains, pressing on, they come, Wise men in their wisdom, to His humble home; Stirred by deep devotion, hasting from afar, Ever journeying onward, guided by a star. There their Lord and Savior meek and lowly lay, Wondrous Light that led them onward on their way, Ever […]

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Advent Carol for December 22

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Written by Lise Caldwell   See amid the winter’s snow, Born for us on earth below, See the tender Lamb appears, Promised from eternal years. Lo, within a manger lies He who built the starry skies; He who throned in height sublime Sits amid the cherubim. Sacred infant, all divine, What a tender love was […]

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Advent Carol for December 21

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Cradled in a manger, meanly, Laid the Son of Man His head; Sleeping His first earthly slumber Where the oxen had been fed. Happy were those shepherds listening To the holy angel’s word; Happy they within that stable Worshipping their infant Lord. Happy all who hear the message Of His […]

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Advent Carol for December 20

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Hark the herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled” Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem” Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn […]

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Advent Carol for December 19

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Written by Lise Caldwell Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous stains Shepherds why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heav’nly song? Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing. Come […]

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Advent Carol for December 18

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Once in royal David’s city, Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her Baby, In a manger for His bed: Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little Child. He came down to earth from heaven, Who is God and Lord of all, And His shelter was a […]

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I have a Story to Tell

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Written by Paulette Stamper Scroll to the bottom to enter the give away! Trouble using RaffleCopter?  Email us!   I have a story to tell. I have been rescued. And it was a dramatic rescue, too. I was rescued from the dominion of darkness. But my rescue isn’t the end of my story. I was […]

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Advent Carol for December 17


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 Advent Carol for December 17


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Written by Lise Caldwell   Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wise men from out of the Orient land. The King of kings lay thus lowly manger; In all our trials born to be […]

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Advent Carol for December 16

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Written by Lise Caldwell   What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. Why lies […]

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Advent Carol for December 15

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Written by Lise Caldwell   The Wexford Carol Good people all, this Christmas-time, Consider well and bear in mind What our good God for us has done, In sending His beloved Son. With Mary holy we should pray To God with love this Christmas Day: In Bethlehem upon that morn There was a blessed Messiah […]

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Advent Carol for December 14

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter, When half spent was the night. Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind; With Mary we […]

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Advent Carol for December 13

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Written by Lise Caldwell   O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny From depths of Hell Thy people save And […]

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Advent Carol for December 12

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Written by Lise Caldwell   It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold: “Peace on the earth, goodwill to men From heavens all gracious King!” The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven […]

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Advent Carol for December 11

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Some children see Him lily white, the baby Jesus born this night. Some children see Him lily white, with tresses soft and fair. Some children see Him bronzed and brown, The Lord of heav’n to earth come down. Some children see Him bronzed and brown, with dark and heavy hair. […]

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Advent Carol for December 10

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the earth; Ye who sang creation’s story, Now proclaim Messiah’s birth: Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King! Saints before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord, descending, In His […]

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Advent Carol for December 9

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Written by Lise Caldwell   I wonder as I wander Out under the sky Why Jesus the Savior Did come for to die For poor lonely people Like you and like I I wonder as I wander Out under the sky. It is a wonder–that God cared enough to put the plan in place. That […]

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Advent Carol for December 8

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Written by Lise Caldwell Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord, That hath made heaven and earth of naught, And with his blood mankind has bought. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. The beginning and the end, the Maker and Redeemer, laid first in a […]

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Advent Carol for December 7

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Angels and archangels May have gathered there Cherubim and seraphim Thronged the air But his mother only In her maiden bliss Worshiped the Beloved With a kiss. This verse of “In the Bleak Midwinter,” by Christina Rossetti, paints such a beautiful picture of Christ’s divinity and humanity; his deity and […]

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Advent Carol for December 5

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail With peace on earth, good will to men.” When you grow discouraged that the darkness of this world is overpowering the good, remember that in Christ the […]

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Advent Carol for December 4

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Written by Lise Caldwell Holy Jesus, every day Keep us in the narrow way; And, when earthly things are past, Bring our ransomed souls at last Where they need no star to guide, Where no clouds Thy glory hide. ~As with Gladness Men of Old, last verse I don’t remember ever singing this verse of […]

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Advent Carol for December 3

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Written by Lise Caldwell Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His […]

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Advent Carol for December 2

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Written by Lise Caldwell O holy Child of Bethlehem Descend to us, we pray Cast out our sin and enter in Be born to us today We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell O come to us, abide with us Our Lord Emmanuel Most of us are unaware of the burden of […]

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Written by Lise Caldwell   Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart. My prayer is that […]

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Written by Paulette Stamper I know that not everyone is a big fan of leftovers. Me? I’m a big fan. Knowing that I can rummage through the fridge and find something to eat instead of having to make something, well that’s a huge bonus. I’m already looking forward to the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. I […]

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Written by Laura Dingman   To You, the Woman Leading in the Church:   I remember the day well. I actually made it through a few weeks before my first ugly cry. We met and I was the only girl in the meeting, not uncommon. Several of the guys were going to lunch after the […]

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Written by Jen Ferguson   He caught me when I was driving down the road, thinking about my talk for an upcoming retreat.   “Tell them Craig struggles with porn,” God whispered to me.   “Oh, no, God. No way. Absolutely not,” I responded.   There are few times I have ever directly told God […]

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Written by Laura Dingman   Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for info on how to enter an awesome give away!   I squeezed into the window seat struggling over strangers. This flight numbered seven in the course of five weeks. Not my normal. I yearn for quiet most. Serenity. Solitude. […]

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Written by speaker and author Jen Ferguson Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for info on how to enter the contest! For a long time, I took the secret of Craig’s porn addiction and I stuffed in my heart.  I didn’t even really share it with God much because I couldn’t […]

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Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for info on how to enter the contest!   Written by Paulette Stamper.   The parting of the Red Sea. The walls of Jericho falling. Gideon changing from a big chicken into a mighty warrior. David taking on a giant with just a few small […]

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Written by Laura Acuña.     “There is nothing quite like the pain of being hurt by the church.” This is what my new pastor acknowledged to me when I first visited him after leaving the church where my husband and I raised our boys and served for over fifteen years.  Boy, was he correct […]

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With author and guest blogger Cindy Bultema. Hey Friend – Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Stressed out? Perhaps your heart is heavy, or you’re just plain tired. Me too. How I long for a faith life filled with purpose, passion, spark, and meaning— but truth be told —most days I feel caught up in the […]

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Shame, Shame, Go Away.

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Written by Laura Dingman   Sometimes I hear voices. I know. Saying things like that can open a whole can of worms that I’m not sure I want to have to deal with, but it’s true. I hear voices. They’re not friendly ones either. Sometimes they can be pretty loud.   They say,   “What […]

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God Asked

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Written by Dene Nidiffer Since just over three years ago, God had been asking me, pushing me, and providing me with some opportunities for change in my life. And I knew He expected me to act on these! It didn’t come easy for me… I looked at these particular things at times as hard and […]

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Don’t Freak Out

Don’t Freak Out Don’t Freak Out

Don’t Freak Out

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Written by Paulette Stamper I love it when I read a passage in Scripture and something I hadn’t thought of before pops out at me. This morning I was reading Luke 8:22-25.  It’s a very familiar passage. Jesus tells His disciples to hop in the boat so they can go over to the other side of […]

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It’s Time to take a Risk Sweetheart

It’s Time to take a Risk Sweetheart It’s Time to take a Risk Sweetheart

It’s Time to take a Risk Sweetheart

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Written by Dene Nidiffer,   January 10th, 2014 marked my last day as a business owner after 22 years! It was a REALLLLLLLY big decision for me!  When I accepted ownership years ago, I thought I would always be a business owner until I retired, because that is just who I am… I am a […]

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What Makes a Wise Man Wise?

What Makes a Wise Man Wise? What Makes a Wise Man Wise?

What Makes a Wise Man Wise?

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Written by Amy Byrd. Matthew 2:1-12 Camels, a bright star, a long journey, gifts and three men have been labeled as the wise men of the Christmas story.  These men are a bit mysterious to me.  We really don’t know much about them except that they were from the East (maybe Babylon, Persia or Arabia) […]

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Eclipsed by the Son

Eclipsed by the Son Eclipsed by the Son

Eclipsed by the Son

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Written by Rachel Morgan. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us […]

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Force of Evil

Force of Evil Force of Evil

Force of Evil

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Written by Dene Nidiffer. I have been feeling particularly affected by the state of the world or at least my perception of it.  It feels like there is evil everywhere I turn!  I simply won’t listen to the “news” as it offers little to no good! In just the past few weeks alone, I learned […]

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Friendships

Friendships Friendships

Friendships

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Written by Paulette Stamper.   Will you allow me to share with you what God has been teaching me about friendships recently? God never intended for us to “go it alone.” We see God instituting the importance of relationship when He made Eve to be Adam’s companion. Don’t worry; I’m not going to give you […]

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I didn’t Ask

I didn’t Ask I didn’t Ask

I didn’t Ask

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Written by Dene Nidiffer. The intent when blogging is to prepare something positively inspiring, right? Unfortunately,  I am not feeling positively inspired today. I should, though, because I am sitting in Orlando on my second day of vacation at a beautiful resort, sipping Diet Coke and waiting on my plate of nachos to arrive.  My […]

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Taste Testing

Taste Testing Taste Testing

Taste Testing

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Written by Amy Byrd. Our taste buds are a tiny, yet terrific part of our body.  Think about it…you have a spoon that is a bit larger than your mouth which you use to scoop up a generous bite of warm, gooey hot fudge cake topped with vanilla ice cream which merges on your spoon […]

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When life happens, which will you choose?

When life happens, which will you choose? When life happens, which will you choose?

When life happens, which will you choose?

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Written by Ann-Margaret McIntosh. I came in from work tonight ready to write this blog…and then life happened.  First, I got a notice in the mail that my payment for a speeding ticket wasn’t received and my license would be suspended in 10 days unless payment was sent in immediately.  I hurriedly got out my […]

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It’s raining, it’s pouring!

It’s raining, it’s pouring! It’s raining, it’s pouring!

It’s raining, it’s pouring!

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Written by Paulette Stamper. I prayed what I believed to be a huge prayer about 8 years ago. What I didn’t know then, was that God’s answer was way bigger than my prayer.   I prayed God would surround me with women who were crazy in love with Jesus and craved His presence and activity […]

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Found

Found Found

Found

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Written by Laura Dingman. When my daughter was about a year old, I started playing peek-a-boo with her.  I would hide her face with a blanket and say, “Where is Abigail?”  After a few seconds of building anticipation, I would pull the blanket for the big reveal and say, “There she is!”  She would just […]

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Dreaming

Dreaming Dreaming

Dreaming

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Written by Dene Nidiffer. Dreaming really big is something that I have not let myself do as much as I used to, and frankly, it saddens me.  My personal dreams have centered more around my daughter while my professional dreams have been overshadowed by a downturned economy – the simple fact is that we [women] […]

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You may be a spiritual infant if…

You may be a spiritual infant if… You may be a spiritual infant if…

You may be a spiritual infant if…

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Written by Amy Byrd. I have the sweet opportunity to serve as “house mom” in a home for single mothers.  Recently one of our residents gave birth to a beautiful little boy.  When we brought him home, life as we knew it just a couple of days before was now completely refocused.   All of us […]

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DISCLAIMER: I’m just venting…

DISCLAIMER: I’m just venting… DISCLAIMER: I’m just venting…

DISCLAIMER: I’m just venting…

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Written by Rachel Morgan. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29   DISCLAIMER: I’m just venting… This is a phrase I found myself using often. I’m “just venting” about […]

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Comforts and Complacency

Comforts and Complacency Comforts and Complacency

Comforts and Complacency

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Written by Ann-Margaret McIntosh. I am a psychotherapist.  Part of that role is to comfort; however, a much larger part of that role is to create discomfort.  A former patient of mine playfully stated, “Ann-Margaret, you’re like a masseuse.”  She then described how a masseuse relaxes the body with gentle touch and then, at the […]

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Just flat crazy

Just flat crazy Just flat crazy

Just flat crazy

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Written by Paulette Stamper. I had a teacher in the 7th grade that I thought was a little nuts. She was older, probably in her early 70’s or so. I remember laughing at something in her class every day. Okay, well maybe I was laughing at her. We seemed to share the same sense of […]

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Grace Grows

Grace Grows Grace Grows

Grace Grows

Written by Rachel Morgan. There are times when I get stuck, entrapped you might say, in living a certain way, in repeating unproductive and at times destructive behaviors. It seems so impossible to change, to battle against the comfortable and known, no matter how unproductive the behavior may be. We grow accustomed to the expected […]

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A Sign

A Sign A Sign

A Sign

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Written by Dene Nidiffer. Wednesday. Just walked out of the condo. Preoccupied with who knows what. Not paying attention much to my surroundings… which, by the way, was a beautiful blue sky with huge, pristine white clouds.  The kind of clouds that you imagined you could lie on when you were a kid (I still […]

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The Value Factor

The Value Factor The Value Factor

The Value Factor

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Written by Amy Byrd We are God’s Masterpiece… Ephesians 2:10a Have you ever been given information about yourself based on how another person perceives you?  Did it take you by surprise?  Not long ago, one of my daughters relayed a story to me about an acquaintance that began a conversation with her, which quickly turned […]

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Well Woman

Well Woman Well Woman

Well Woman

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Written by Rachel Morgan Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” – John 4:10 (NIV) How many times do I attempt to offer Christ what I have?  What I […]

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Turning 50

Turning 50 Turning 50

Turning 50

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Written by Dene Nidiffer. Some believe that talking about your age is inappropriate.  I disagree.  It was a milestone birthday just last month for me!  Yes, half a century… The BIG 5.0.!  I’ve never been someone who worries about age and most people tell me that I look younger than I am, which is good, […]

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A Fully Present Life

A Fully Present Life A Fully Present Life

A Fully Present Life

Written by Laura Dingman. Panic set in. The kind that makes my heart pound and skip beats. The kind that makes me sweat a little (ok, well a lot) and makes me have to work to catch my breath. I dig through the depths of the gigantic purse that really looks more like a suitcase […]

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Are you a Christ follower?

Are you a Christ follower? Are you a Christ follower?

Are you a Christ follower?

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Written by Linda Thomas Calling myself a Christian in America seems almost meaningless anymore. It’s not a strong enough statement in this present culture. Everyone and their sister claims to be “Christian.” I recently heard someone describe himself as “Christian-ish.” The fact is, there’s no such thing. I am a Christ follower. As a Christ […]

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Pack Mule Mentality

Pack Mule Mentality Pack Mule Mentality

Pack Mule Mentality

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Written by Amy Byrd. Beautiful thoroughbred horses carrying a very small human around a one and one quarter mile track – running as fast as they can. This has become the famous “Run For The Roses” that takes place the first Saturday in May each year at the Kentucky Derby. It takes intentional breeding, years […]

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The Perfect Planner

The Perfect Planner The Perfect Planner

The Perfect Planner

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Written by Rachel Morgan. I was listening to a song recently about the plans that God has for us and the hope we can have – and I had a thought, “What makes someone, specifically God, having plans for us, such a source of hope?”  The thoughts thereafter were of my recent experience of being […]

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Enduring Love

Enduring Love Enduring Love

Enduring Love

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Written by Ann Margaret McIntosh. The last 3 years have been filled with loss…my position at my dream job was eliminated, the ministry where I had invested my heart and soul fell apart, dear friends moved away, I had to move when my heart didn’t want to, diseases ravaged my family leading to physical and […]

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DON’T WORRY. Just Pray.

DON’T WORRY. Just Pray. DON’T WORRY. Just Pray.

DON’T WORRY. Just Pray.

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Written by Dene Nidiffer I hope that you will not consider me lazy by simply sharing this writing from my husband…Yes, this is a blog for women and typically written by women, but I identified with this particular devotion and as it turns out, so did a lot of other women and men! I felt […]

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I can do it myself!

I can do it myself! I can do it myself!

I can do it myself!

Written by Laura Dingman I can still remember the look on her face. My daughter stood in the doorway, clenched fists on her hips, and in her most determined little two-year-old voice said, “I can do it myself, Mommy!” She’ll be seven in two months, but her determination hasn’t changed much. It’s amazing how God […]

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Whack Those Weeds!

Whack Those Weeds! Whack Those Weeds!

Whack Those Weeds!

Written by Amy Byrd, author of Blessed Beyond Belief. After living in the cotton fields of Texas for many years, I decided that a garden would be a lovely addition to our backyard. I had watched the gardening shows on HGTV and looked at the pictures in gardening magazines as I envisioned the lovely splashes […]

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Join us in praying

Join us in praying Join us in praying

Join us in praying

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After getting ready for church last Saturday night, I had a few moments to spare so I began scrolling through my Twitter feed. I soon began to see some disturbing tweets about prayers for Rick and Kay Warren and the loss of their son. My stomach dropped. Oh no. No. No. Please don’t let this […]

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Can you imagine?

Can you imagine? Can you imagine?

Can you imagine?

Written by Linda Thomas (adapted from In Step with the Spirit – A Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose) Imagine for a moment what God can and will accomplish through you if you allow the Spirit’s power to flow into the mundane, ordinary days of life. Imagine what your life would look like if the […]

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A living stone?

A living stone? A living stone?

A living stone?

Written by Rachel Morgan. As you come to him, the living Stone —rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV) The […]

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Standing on the promises

Standing on the promises Standing on the promises

Standing on the promises

Written by Ann Margaret McIntosh Writing this blog was really difficult…difficult because I am currently enduring a set of circumstances that have me sitting in the proverbial “sackcloth and ashes.”  I am actively seeking the Lord. I still have no answers…no resolution. In the Bible, ancient Hebrews often wore sackcloth to symbolize grief. Ashes have […]

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