It is all about you

Although I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, I read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren back in 2002 when it first came out. The only part of the book I still remember was the very first line, "It's not all about you." Many years, and books, later, I would have to disagree, in part. …

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Ladies, lists, and leaders

It's no secret that anyone wishing to persuade others of the fact that God does ordain women to leadership roles uses the prophetess, Deborah, as a prime example to support their case. It is true that Deborah has not one, but two, chapters in Judges (4 & 5) that tell of her placement as a …

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Puzzle peace

Over Christmas break, I ended up using gifts that were given to my husband and son more than they did. Alexa streamed classical music while a 750 piece puzzle became whole over the last week of December. A few nights I found myself up until 4am, drinking coffee and working on putting this puzzle together. …

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Prone to ponder

Peace, rest, affirmation, freedom, and joy are only a handful of benefits when we purposely dwell on the majesty of our Maker. The methods may differ, rather by prayer, meditation, reading, or simply sitting quietly in contemplation; however, these all are necessary components to bringing us the genuine happiness that we're to indulge in as …

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Stuck in the middle

"I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please" (Isaiah 46:10). Just one promise, among thousands, that God Himself speaks to us through Scripture. But this promise is curious, as He swaps the natural …

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Temptation to

Everyday and everywhere we are tempted. Temptation to give in to sexual immorality, to engage in an unhealthy lifestyle, to nurture rage or resentment, to participate in malicious gossip, to set up idols for ourselves that minimize God's standing; all of these, and many more, we are faced with on a consistent basis. However, there …

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Peace be with(in) you

As we close an email or a visit, I've witnessed the phrase, "peace be with you," in use frequently. In reading Psalm 122:8, a phrase nearly the same, but with the change of one word, David says, "Peace be within you." Although his words are directly relating to peace being within the walls and security within …

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