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    The Hidden Cost of Temptation

    “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” Matthew 4:1-2 Jesus endured temptation and testing knowing we would all be tempted. Not only did the Spirit lead Him to this, Jesus purposely allowed Himself to be weak and weary mimicking when we are most vulnerable to temptation. Jesus knew the cost of sinful choices better than anyone. He watched His Creation unravel as Adam and Eve failed to trust the Word of God over their own desires leading Him to pay the ultimate price to redeem fallen humanity. As a kid, it…

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    Your Story is His Story

    If you have been a Christian for long, you are familiar with the term “stewardship”. By definition, the term refers to taking care of or managing something. Most often, we hear this term in reference to financial gifts. Everything we have comes from God. Without God, we have nothing. It’s a common understanding that it’s our responsibility to steward our finances and our children well to give God glory. How do we steward our trials? Trials in our career, parenting, marriage, finances, or our health can be stewarded as a great opportunity for growth. This is usually best noted in hindsight when we are able to look back and see…

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    What It Means to Wear the Crown

    Straighten Your Crown’s title was given to me several years ago when I found myself in a pit of intense grief and disappointment. I knew I needed to put one foot in front of the other but I couldn’t figure out how to even stand up. I cried out to God and He reminded me who I belonged to and as a result, who I truly was. What I initially thought was defeat at the hand of our enemy was actually the starting line of a whole new journey. God let me know He was the author of my story and it didn’t end in that pit of despair. In…

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    Run to God in the Unexpected

    By Jodi Rosser I will never forget that night, the night my heart was shattered into a thousand pieces. The night my life took an unexpected turn.   Honestly, I did not want to believe what I was hearing. The weight of his words was unbearable.  Like a ton of bricks crashing over my body, his heavy words left me shocked and paralyzed.   With tears streaming down my face, I ran upstairs to call my accountability partner to share the heartbreaking news. I knew I would not be able to handle this alone. I needed her help. As the phone was dialing, I remembered our purposeful walks just months before.…

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    Unexpected: A Rekindled Passion

    By Becky Shields Recently, after taking a 12-year hiatus, I re-entered the work force. This was not something I was looking for and certainly came at an unexpected time. This was not something that I had a great desire to do. This was not even something that I ever thought that I would do again! I had enjoyed my career while it lasted but I was perfectly content being at home, schooling my youngest, volunteering at church, and acting as an Uber driver for my high schooler. I’ve loved being a stay at home mom intimately involved in my children’s lives. No part of me felt like I needed something…

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    Exploring Our Naaman Moments

    Prayer is essential to the Christian faith. We are told throughout Scripture to call out to the Lord and Jesus gives us several examples of this including The Lord’s Prayer and my personal favorite, John 17, in which Jesus prays for Himself and for all believers just before the crucifixion. In each of these examples, Jesus teaches us to pray within the will of God the Father. When it comes to prayer, I’ve prayed many prayers that I thought needed a certain answer. We can all relate to prayers of healing for a specific ailment, salvation of a loved one, or prayers for the sale of a home. These type…

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    Is Fear Holding You Back?

    Once upon a time I was a girl who always had a bike rack attached to her car. Where I went, my bike went just in case an unexpected opportunity arose. Then I had children, fracturing my tailbone with the birth of my second daughter. Riding a bike was out of the question. The pain would not allow it. It took two years, lots of activity modification, and 3 injections to feel semi-normal. Even then, continuing education classes and conferences were dreaded. The all-day sitting would bring back the pain for a week or more. I’ve avoided cycling ever since out of fear of exacerbating this old pain.  Read that…

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    Meeting Jesus at the Well

    What is one thing I have taken for granted recently? Hot water. A few weekends ago, our hot water heater stopped working. My husband attempted to coax it back to temporary life until we could get it replaced but to not avail. One week. That’s how long it took to replace our hot water heater. For one week, I heated multiple pots of water on our stove to warm the children’s bath each evening. I repeated this again for mine in the morning, and my husband showered using a basin of prepared hot water followed by a quick rinse with the cold shower head. We know we are blessed to…

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    Blessed Out Bitterness

    Many of you may already know this but many of you do not. I work full time as a physical therapist in a senior living community. I love my job for so many reasons but one of my favorite perks of working with seniors is access to the wealth of knowledge they possess.  I’ve worked in senior living for nearly ten years and I have received a plethora of wise counsel.  However, there are two pieces of advice that have really changed how I live my life. I want to tell you about one of those today. I have worked with several couples in their nineties who have been married…

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    Confidence of a Child

    Have you ever known a child with a favorite doll or stuffed animal?  My daughter received a stuffed dog from her Sunday school teachers after having her tonsils removed last summer.  She latched onto this one so quickly and has never looked back. He is an adorable, chocolate brown pup adequately named Cocoa. She has always had a favorite doll or stuffed animal to carry around as long as I can remember. However, Cocoa is obviously more special to her than any other. If you know my youngest daughter personally, chances are you have met Cocoa.  He goes EVERYWHERE she goes.  If she is reading on the sofa, Cocoa is…