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    Heart Crafted: Connecting with Others in Meaningful Ways

    Nearly twenty years ago, I felt impressed to step outside my comfort zone and connect with the people around me in meaningful ways. As an introvert, I found this to be extraordinarily difficult. But I was up to the task.   Around that same time, God put into my heart…

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    Our Feelings: A Gift From Our Heavenly Father

    “I didn’t just hit the side of that car, did I?” I wondered nervously, as my stomach did a flip-flop and my foot hit the brake. I was easing out of a parking spot, being extra careful not to come too close to the car on my right, but I…

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    Make Your Dreams Come True: Roll Them To God

    “Fine!” I cried out with overstated fervor. All alone in the living room, I tossed the book I was reading onto the couch next to me and stood with defiant resolve.”Fine!” I repeated, my mouth curled into a scowl, “I’ll write down what I want.” “Fine!” I repeated, my mouth…

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    4 Tools For A Better Life

    It all began with a simple and heartfelt prayer.   After several nights in a row of little sleep, I fell to my knees in desperation and prayed, “Heavenly Father, please help me be able to get the sleep I need. I am so tired!”   Within three hours, my…

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    The Law Of The Fast: The Forgotten Commandment

    Fasting has always been one of my least favorite disciplines.   It is known by some as the “forgotten commandment”, and I personally have spent a good part of my life intentionally avoiding it.   Recently, however, I gained some insights into this ancient practice that I feel apply to…

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    A Season Of Rest: Learning How To Rest Rigorously

    It’s taken me 6 weeks to find the time to sit in my new bedroom chair, but today was that day. I had encountered a season of rest. With feet up and windows open, the breeze and sound of rain filtering through the curtains, I opened the pages of a…

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    Let Your Light So Shine: Sharing God with the World

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)   A NEW WAY TO SHINE In my mind’s eye, this verse has always been service-oriented, as in, do a kind act, or be a good…

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    Getting Through The Hard Times: You Are Not Alone

    “How can we get through hard times?” she asked the class. My friend was leading Sunday’s discussion in our class of 7 & 8-year-olds. “Have you ever experienced something that was hard?” she continued. Hands shot up all around us as each child shared their experience of hard times, as…