Weekly Challenge 10-19-17

“A mouth open in unceasing prayer will result in open eyes that see faith clearly. So pray in the darkness, even if there seems to be no hope of light.” Charles Spurgeon, Life in Christ: Lessons From our Lord’s Miracles and Parables Paul knew the importance of prayer. He talked about it all the time!…

God Sees You

Everyone needs to feel loved. Noticed. Seen. Truly seen. In today’s post, our guest blogger Susan Aken discusses this need and how God meets us, wherever we are, whether experiencing deep pain or rejoicing, and envelops us in His love. The God Who Sees Me by Guest Blogger Susan Aken “She gave this name to…

Weekly Challenge 10-11-17

“When you know who you are, you’ll live with deep confidence in God’s calling. Rather than living a timid, halfhearted, shallow Christianity, you’ll boldly live in the confidence of the God who believes in you.” Craig Groeschel, Altar Ego “For the Lord will be your confidence, And He will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26 NKJV…

Prayer and the Heart of God

In a little Lutheran cemetery deep in Nebraska farm country, I walked up and down the rows of gravestones searching for family names. Some of the stones were written in German, others too old to read. Some lived only a few moments, and others for almost a century. As I walked, a sense of urgency…

Weekly Challenge 10-05-17

“Want to leave an eternal impact? A legacy of grace? For God to use you to transform lives? Then be intentional about your spiritual growth. The best evidence for the gospel is a life changed.” ~Jennifer Slattery “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is…

Flawed or Unique

You’re too sensitive. How many times did I hear that as a child? I was that girl who cried during that Coke commercial back in the seventies. You know the one where people of all nationalities are holding hands and singing about teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony? I’m probably not the only…

Weekly Challenge 9-28-17

“Fear grows in the shadow of timidity. Fear shrinks in the light of courage.” ~Chaka Heinze   “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 2:1 (NIV) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love…

When Others Can See God’s Light Within

When Others Can See God’s Light Within by Dawn Ford Have you ever wondered if those around you can see God through you, whether in your words or actions? What impressions are you leaving as you go about your busy days? Jesus said He is the light of the world. Whoever follows Him never walks…

Weekly Challenge 9-21-17

“Words like surrender and submit can leave a bad taste in our mouth. We look at those words as if we are failures, quitters, or giving up. Surrender in the right time, the right place and to the right one can also bring peace, hope and a future no longer dependent on our circumstances.” ~Lyndsey…

Created for Intimacy with Christ

“I feel so stressed out! There always seems to be more to do than I can get done. I’m tired and sleep deprived,” I told my friend Char. She and I chatted while our children played, and I folded laundry. Char, whose youngest was the same age as my oldest, listened as I shared my…