Our Need for Fellowship and Our Key to Joy

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That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things […]

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Loving God Well in a World of Distractions

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What Am I Supposed to Focus On? Not too long ago, I found myself sulking to the Lord. “I do a lot of things, God. I write, blog, paint, play the piano, mother, wife, cook, clean. But I do none of them well. What am I supposed to focus on?” And do you know what He whispered? “Love Me well.” That was it. Simple. Profound. Possible? Loving God well? Since that day those words have been lodged in my brain. Love Me well. Love Me well. But I can I do it? Can loving God well […]

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Encourage and Build Up Your HelloMornings Friends

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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. (1 Thessalonians 5:11-13, emphasis added) Encourage and build up. Acknowledge those who work hard. Hold them in the highest regard in love. There are many people in each of our lives who God uses to […]

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Bible Study Made Super Simple

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Bible study. What do you think of when you hear these words? Maybe you think of a book written to help you understand God’s word. Perhaps you think of a group of people meeting together to discuss God’s word. It could be that you picture a group of people with an additional book intending to talk about God’s word, but instead they wind up shooting the breeze for so long that they never actually end up talking about the Bible. (Yeah, it’s happened to me, too). There is nothing wrong with written Bible studies or […]

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Making friends is hard. Or is it just me?

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Making friends is hard. Or is it just me? Several months ago, I had connected with a couple of women I had only considered acquaintances. Both women mentioned, on separate occasions, that they thought I already had several friends. One mentioned she wanted to “get her foot in the door” with my friend group. The other mentioned that she didn’t want to bother me. She thought I wouldn’t have time for her. I began to realize that making friends is hard and it’s not just me. The things is, I don’t have a large group […]

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The Root of My “Yes” Problem

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I’ve done it again. I’ve done it again. I’ve given far more of my time than I have to give. I’ve said yes, not one too many times, but so many times that I don’t even want to count. I have a yes problem. So here I am again telling myself, “just get through this week. Then you can relax.” Followed by, “maybe I should tell the worship leader can’t help this week.” And then, “no, just get through this week. Then everything will be back to normal.” Normal!?! What is normal? I’ll tell you […]

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Ever Wonder Why Life’s Not Fair?

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 “Life’s not fair. If it were, we’d all go to hell.” My sons, ages 8 and 3, were recently playing with a little neighborhood boy. They had been taking turns riding in a wagon. My 3-year had obviously taken a little too long of a turn and the neighbor boy was exclaiming, as all young people do, “It’s not fair!” My older son replied, in his very matter-of-fact tone, “Life’s not fair. If it were, we’d all go to hell.” I immediately shushed him. I was a little embarrassed that this truth — one I often […]

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Theology Helps Us Identify False Teachers and False Doctrine

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I wrote about the importance of theology this week over at Do Not Depart. But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 2 Peter 2:1-3 […]

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Raspberry Patch Signs & Junk Barn Girls

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Guess whose excited about this year’s Junk Barn Girls? Me, that’s who! Why? Because this year I get to participate as a vendor! In case you didn’t know, I run a little shop called Raspberry Patch Sings & Designs. Not only do I love to write, I love to paint, too. Furniture, signs, old pallet wood, two-by-fours, mason jars, tin cans… you name, I’ll paint it. And this year I get to bring my little Raspberry Patch to the most amazing antique and craft show ever — Junk Barn Girls! What is Junk Barn Girls? Junk […]

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Hope in Jesus is Hope that Purifies

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I wrote about hope this week over at Do Not Depart.   And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just a He is pure. 1 John 3:3 I don’t know about you, but I don’t often feel very pure. I yell at my kids on a nearly daily basis. I want to strangle my husband when he spends more than I deem appropriate. And I kick the dog when he gets in my way. And this just the beginning of everything that makes me feel less than pure. I easily get annoyed with the guy […]

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