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

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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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Be an amateur

Be an amateur Be an amateur

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

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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The Garden

The Garden The Garden

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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Prepare me for ministry

Prepare me for ministry Prepare me for ministry

Prepare me for ministry

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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

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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Keep Going

Keep Going Keep Going

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?

What do you think? What do you think?

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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How an Ordinary, Everyday Mother Can Change the World

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How an Ordinary, Everyday Mother Can Change the World

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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

Clothe Yourself Clothe Yourself

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

A Message from the Cows A Message from the Cows

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

Plan A or B Plan A or B

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

You Run Your Race, I’ll Run Mine You Run Your Race, I’ll Run Mine

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

Putting Off and Putting On: A Lenten Challenge Putting Off and Putting On: A Lenten Challenge

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?

Do You Want to Be a Big Girl? Do You Want to Be a Big Girl?

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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Thankful for Leftovers

Thankful for Leftovers Thankful for Leftovers

Thankful for Leftovers

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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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Cease Striving

Cease Striving Cease Striving

Cease Striving

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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Straight-up Crazy!

Straight-up Crazy! Straight-up Crazy!

Straight-up Crazy!

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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A Broken Heart: When the Church Hurts You

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A Broken Heart: When the Church Hurts You

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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Red Hot Faith Give-away!

Red Hot Faith Give-away! Red Hot Faith Give-away!

Red Hot Faith Give-away!

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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God Asked

God Asked God Asked

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Remember the Reality

Remember the Reality Remember the Reality

Remember the Reality

Written by Laura Dingman Over the last week I have been reminded that we were not created to endure suffering.  There have been sudden deaths from cancer, pending deaths from cancer, infant losses, marriage infidelity, victims of sexual abuse and all of the grief that goes along with it.  There are times when the grief […]

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The alarm is sounding…

The alarm is sounding… The alarm is sounding…

The alarm is sounding…

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Written by Linda Thomas The alarm is sounding… Nearly 10 years ago, our family moved from the St. Louis area to Indianapolis. (Did you know the word “Hoosier” is a derogatory term in good ol’ MO?) But that’s a completely different story…maybe for another time, another blog. Maybe. So in the summer of 2003, we […]

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“Big Buts” or Core Values – You Decide!

“Big Buts” or Core Values – You Decide! “Big Buts” or Core Values – You Decide!

“Big Buts” or Core Values – You Decide!

Written by Dene Nidiffer A few weeks ago I attended a business workshop called “Big But.” The premise was to eliminate the “buts” we have life with regard to conducting business: but if I only had more time, I could be better at marketing;   but if I only had more money, I could buy […]

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Written by Amy Byrd Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side…the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Matthew 14:24 There I was…a woman that Jesus called out personally to be His follower.  […]

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Submit? Resist? Not my favorite verbs.

Submit? Resist? Not my favorite verbs. Submit? Resist? Not my favorite verbs.

Submit? Resist? Not my favorite verbs.

Written by Rachel Morgan Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 (NIV) Submit. Resist. Not my favorite verbs.  The definition of submit is to “yield or surrender to the will or authority of another; to subject to a condition or process; to commit to the […]

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Complaining or Thanking?

Complaining or Thanking? Complaining or Thanking?

Complaining or Thanking?

Written by Ann Margaret McIntosh   By nature, I’m feisty.  Sometimes I talk AT God.  It’s a terrible habit and one I’m desperately trying to break.  At times, I seem to be making improvements and at other times…well… The other night I was feeling so desperate for an answer, I actually gave God a deadline.  […]

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I hear Dolly Parton in my head

I hear Dolly Parton in my head I hear Dolly Parton in my head

I hear Dolly Parton in my head

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I bet a lot of you remember the movie Steel Magnolias. Come on, admit it. You know you love to laugh and cry with Sally, Olympia, Julia, Daryl, Shirley and of course Dolly. There are so many memorable lines from this classic movie, but one in particular stands out in my mind today. Remember at the […]

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Crazy and Wacky Resolutions

Crazy and Wacky Resolutions Crazy and Wacky Resolutions

Crazy and Wacky Resolutions

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It’s that time of year again! Time to make your New Year’s Resolutions! I know, some of you are already thinking about how you don’t make resolutions anymore. Well, for the record, I don’t believe you. I think many of us do make New Year’s Resolutions, we just don’t want to admit it, you know, […]

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All I want for Christmas is monotony!

All I want for Christmas is monotony! All I want for Christmas is monotony!

All I want for Christmas is monotony!

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For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, the title of this little article here was my attempt at dripping sarcasm. How’d I do? I mean seriously, who would want monotony for Christmas? Just for fun, I looked up some synonyms. Here’s what I found: sameness, boredom, dullness, repetitiveness, repetitiveness, repetitiveness, okay…you get […]

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Studies available online!

Studies available online! Studies available online!

Studies available online!

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I am so happy to announce that Ignite will now be able to offer all teaching sessions online! The last series, The Point of the Summit, is now available. Just visit our Bible Studies Online page and click on the picture. Stay tuned…we hope to have Sand Surfers teaching sessions online soon!

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New Bible Study!

New Bible Study! New Bible Study!

New Bible Study!

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Lisa Harper’s new Bible study, “Malachi, A Love That Never Lets Go” begins on October 8th! Visit our Bible Study page for more information and to register!!

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This time last year I was putting the finishing touches on the Intro session of Sand Surfers and getting pretty darn excited/nervous/anxious/terrified/ecstatic! I can hardly believe it’s been a year since God blessed me with the unspeakable joy of writing and teaching that Bible study. I’ll never get over it! My world was forever changed […]

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New Fall Series!

New Fall Series! New Fall Series!

New Fall Series!

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Join us this fall as we journey with Moses, Elijah and Abraham and experience three incredible mountaintop encounters to discover The Point of the Summit Monday evenings: 9/17, 9/24 & 10/1, 6:30-8:00pm North Wing Room B To register and reserve your copy of the accompanying 3-week Journal*, email us at Summit@ignitewomen.com Childcare is available. *Journal cost is […]

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Time to Break Free!

Time to Break Free! Time to Break Free!

Time to Break Free!

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  Ignite is offering Beth Moore’s Breaking Free this summer! Classes will begin on Monday, June 4th. Visit our Bible Study page for registration information. Hope to see you there!!

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Something Was Missing – by Dene Nidiffer

Something Was Missing – by Dene Nidiffer Something Was Missing – by Dene Nidiffer

Something Was Missing – by Dene Nidiffer

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We had no idea that we’d be one of the statistics of couples who could not conceive, carry and raise a biological child. As a non-Christian I had been feeling specific nudges and that something was missing from my life, having no idea that it was God showing me that he was there for me…for […]

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New Bible Study!

New Bible Study! New Bible Study!

New Bible Study!

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How do you know if God is speaking to YOU? Join Ignite for our new study, “Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks” beginning Monday, March 19th. Find out more by visiting our Bible Study page! Hope to see you there!

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Change Your Past

Change Your Past Change Your Past

Change Your Past

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No, I haven’t lost my mind and yes I meant to title this post “Change Your Past.” I remember a cartoon character from my childhood named Ziggy. (Anyone remember Ziggy? Whatever happened to Ziggy, anyway?) Here’s the only thing Ziggy ever said that I remember: “Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.” Hmmm. Ziggy wisdom. […]

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Round Two!

Round Two! Round Two!

Round Two!

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It’s hard to believe, but the study “Sand Surfers: Encountering God and Discovering Divine Purpose in the Desert” is about to go to print….again! If you have taken the study we would like to hear from you! Will you leave a comment or email us at SandSurfers@ignitewomen.com and share in a few sentences about how […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful time with friends and family this weekend. Make sure and take time this season to remember how awesome your God is! Love you all dearly! Paulette

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Saying good-bye to the desert sands

Saying good-bye to the desert sands Saying good-bye to the desert sands

Saying good-bye to the desert sands

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As many of you know, Ignite wrapped up “Sand Surfers: Encountering God and Discovering Divine Purpose in the Desert” this week. What a ride! After class, many shared testimonies of how God used this study to challenge them to leave behind their deserts, to draw closer to Him, and to march forward into their own […]

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Need a reminder?

Need a reminder? Need a reminder?

Need a reminder?

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Here’s what a friend reminded me of today: “You came to Christ because you were drawn to Him by the Father; wooed by His faithful, passionate love for you. Indeed it’s true – we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). God took the initiative. He wanted you. He pursued you. And […]

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Anticipatory Praise

Anticipatory Praise Anticipatory Praise

Anticipatory Praise

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Hello fellow Sand Surfers! We are in Week Seven of our workbooks (already!! can you believe how fast time is going by??) I was wondering how many of you had finished Day Three, “Anticipatory Praise”. I would love to hear how you are practicing anticipatory praise in your own life. Is there something that you […]

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Still hanging on

Still hanging on Still hanging on

Still hanging on

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Hello Ladies! I need your help again. I’m working on another lesson and would like to hear from you about specific sins that still cause you to experience guilt and shame. Maybe you realize you have been forgiven but the guilt and shame still lingers. Obviously this is a very sensitive subject so please respond […]

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Lessons from a stray

Lessons from a stray Lessons from a stray

Lessons from a stray

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On Monday night I told my Sand Surfers class about an adorable little puppy I found near where I work in downtown Indy. This precious little guy had hair at least 10 inches long and was covered in mattes the size of softballs. You couldn’t even tell he was white or see his big brown eyes! […]

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Disappointed with God?

Disappointed with God? Disappointed with God?

Disappointed with God?

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Hello beautiful Ignite ladies! I am working on an upcoming lesson for Sand Surfers and would really appreciate some feedback from you. Has there ever been a time in your life when you have been disappointed with God? Maybe He didn’t answer you the way you had hoped or maybe it seemed like He didn’t answer […]

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One last thing…

One last thing… One last thing…

One last thing…

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The few hours following a teaching session are always tortuous for me. I replay the night over and over in my mind and inevitably I remember the things I meant to say but didn’t, things I shouldn’t have said but did, and things I should have said differently. Last night was no exception. For months […]

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Sand Surfers is here! Register today!

Sand Surfers is here! Register today! Sand Surfers is here! Register today!

Sand Surfers is here! Register today!

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Click Here to Purchase your book and RSVP in our online store! *Registration for Sand Surfers is now closed. Do you yearn for a fresh encounter with God? Are you searching for divine purpose? Did you know that the same God that Spoke to Moses from the burning bush, Turned the Nile River to blood, […]

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Bring on the fall!

Bring on the fall! Bring on the fall!

Bring on the fall!

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It is absolutely gorgeous outside today. If I didn’t know better, I’d think the cooler temperatures were ushering in the month of September already! For the first time ever I’m actually looking forward to the fall. Usually I hate to say good-bye to summer but this year the fall is bringing with it something new and super […]

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Cambodia looks awesome in Pink!!

Cambodia looks awesome in Pink!! Cambodia looks awesome in Pink!!

Cambodia looks awesome in Pink!!

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Several years ago we began to pray that God would use Ignite to make an impact around the world. We had no idea how that would be possible or if God would even answer that prayer. Note to self: God is able to do more than we could ever even imagine to ask Him! If […]

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The Name above every name

The Name above every name The Name above every name

The Name above every name

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I bawled my eyes out last night. No, I didn’t receive any bad news and no, it’s not because I’m homesick (okay, I am homesick but that’s not why I was bawling), and no I wasn’t having a PMS moment, though those have happened before; come on… I am a girl! I was bawling because […]

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