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

Fat Girl Faith Fat Girl Faith

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

Always be Prepared Always be Prepared

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

Life Partner Life Partner

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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Obedience in the Inconvenience

Obedience in the Inconvenience Obedience in the Inconvenience

Obedience in the Inconvenience

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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

Called to Love Called to Love

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….

It’s only with surrender…. It’s only with surrender….

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

Listen, Learn, and Lead the Way Listen, Learn, and Lead the Way

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

Glass Houses Glass Houses

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…

Put your hands in the air… Put your hands in the air…

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

I treat my Jesus like I treat my gym I treat my Jesus like I treat my gym

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?

How Do I Know I Am Continuing To Grow? How Do I Know I Am Continuing To Grow?

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

The Salve in the Sword The Salve in the Sword

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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What I learned on my hike

What I learned on my hike What I learned on my hike

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

Broken Broken

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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Authenticity

Authenticity Authenticity

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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