Category: Devotionals

Why God is Unimpressed With Your Sin

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

The least important thing about you is how you sin. Of course, this is not what the majority of Christians will tell you. Lots of Christians like to label. They want you to know exactly where you stand in the eyes of God and the Church based on your actions. Unfortunately, the two don’t always…

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God With Us – Even After Christmas

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

“Where were you, momma?” Tiny hands grab either side of my face as I bend down to pick up a few toys. She demands my attention, and I give it to her freely. “Momma and daddy went on a quick trip. Remember? We just had to pick up a few more presents in New York…

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For Those Without Hope This Christmas

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

When I was a little girl, my family would drive across the country and vacation in North Carolina. I loved spending time at the beach. The air was salty and moist. The breeze was cool and constant. The ocean was alive. I would sit at the place where the water washed the sand and watch…

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Because She is Just Like Me

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

She was just like me -her kids swinging from a jungle gym a little too high, her youngest braving a fast slide, her little girl out of breath from skipping. We were standing on the side of playground in a city far away while our children laughed together. She began to tell me about her…

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The Night Hope Was Born

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Have you ever been around large animals? When my husband and I were newly married, he would work an event at the state fairgrounds once a year. He worked on the production side of a youth expo that involved the showing of animals. I could go into greater detail here, but if you are anything…

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More Dangerous Than Competition

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A few months ago, I tackled the idea of women and their constant competition with one another. We love to make sure that we are doing okay by comparing ourselves and our abilities to others. We do the silent smile and size up while making hasty judgments of women we don’t know anything about. Since…

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If My Children Do Not Grow Up in Church, I Have Not Failed Them

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Growing up, I learned well the system of church. Some of my earliest memories involve Sunday School lessons and nursery friend playdates. Some of my oldest friends I made in church over 20 years ago.  My parents were usually on staff at the various churches we attended, and I have a ton of “behind the…

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Instead of an Excuse – A Prayer

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

It isn’t even 10 AM, and I have already lost it. I have fussed with my kids and lost my cool about the simplest of things. I am running behind, feel overwhelmed and have misplaced all of my frustrations on those whose hearts trust me. I have not been a safe place for my husband…

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My Husband Does Not Complete Me

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

My husband does not complete me. No matter how hard he will ever try, no matter how much I want him to, or expect him to, it is not my husband’s job to complete me. I was created to be completed by God. [edit – this was not included in the original post] Not very…

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One Step Forward

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I am not a sporty girl. I know you are shocked, aren’t you? I totally had you fooled. Alright. I know it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. This girl has never played any organized sport. Ever. I did happen to briefly sneak my way onto a cheerleading squad for a few years, but…

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You Cannot Keep Leaves on Trees

Friday, November 1st, 2013

I opened the driver’s side door and climbed out of our SUV. I was met with the fresh smelling breeze of an Oklahoma March. It was my favorite time of year. I opened the back door and unclipped my son’s clunky car seat from its base. His three month old grin was still new, but…

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Hiding in Plain Sight: A Reminder

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

If you believe Jesus is the Son of the living God, then you must also know that there is a very real enemy of our souls. He has one simple goal: to lure our hearts away from God. The Word of God says that our enemy wants to kill, steal, and destroy us and everything…

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Five Minute Friday: Together

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Hey friend. Just wanted to take a minute and say, “You’re doing okay, and you’re going to make it.” It might seem hard right now, but you’re not alone. As alone as you might feel in this moment, you are not. God sees you. He knows your heart. He knows your deepest fears, your biggest…

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Jesus in the Mess

Friday, October 25th, 2013

It was Thursday afternoon just after lunch… I was busy clearing half-eaten chicken nuggets and cheese sandwiches from the table. My dishwasher was full of clean dishes that needed to be put away and my sink was full of dirty dishes that needed some serious attention. Sandwich crusts, bread crumbs, empty cheese wrappers, and juice…

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Five Minute Friday: Laundry

Friday, October 18th, 2013

I feel like I need to be honest with you. I wrote this until I looked down and realized it had been well over 5 minutes. But, I had to go all the way around the block. I couldn’t stop and sit down halfway from the house. So, I chose to finish my thought and…

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