What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?

  I was recently asked the questions, “What would you like to be doing in the next five years? What do you ultimately aspire to be/do?” As I pondered those questions, I thought back to all the jobs I have had in my life – waitress, medical technologist, on staff with Campus Crusade (locally and internationally), phlebotomist, perfusionist, and now Women’s Ministry Director. My initial response to those questions was: I want to be a

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Thoughts to Ponder for Easter

“O Death, where is your Victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 As Easter approaches, I am so thankful for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have been reflecting on death lately as I have watched friends lose parents and loved ones, and as I watch my 98-year-old mom decline in health in the nursing home. I have mixed emotions. Part of me can’t imagine life without her on this

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Better Than A Fitbit

I am now the proud owner of a Fitbit. For those of you not familiar with a Fitbit, it’s a device you wear on your wrist or waist that tells you how many steps you take a day, how many stairs you climb, how many calories you burn, how many miles you walk, how many hours you sleep at night, how many times you wake up or are restless, and how long it takes to fall

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10 Steps to Losing Your Passion for God

What causes us to lose our love and passion for Jesus Christ? David wrote Psalm 145 as a psalm of praise. He passionately pursued God, and this psalm shows us what was important to David and what deepened his love and passion for God. If you want to grow in your love for God, follow David’s example.     Beware of the subtle steps to losing your passion for God. 1. Take days off from

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How To Do A Character Study

Consistently spending time in God’s Word is essential to spiritual growth. There are a variety of ways to do this, depending on what your goal is. There is no one way to do Bible study that fits everyone and every season of life. What is effective for you in one season of life may not be effective for you in another. Find what works best for you in your particular season of life. One thing I

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Discipleship or Dependency?

I was recently asked the question: “When do you know if someone is becoming dependent on you in a discipleship relationship or if you are taking the place of the Lord in that person’s life in any way?” That’s a great question. You always want to point the person you’re meeting with to the Lord. Listen to her, ask her questions, but always give her direction on how to go to the Lord for answers

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The Value of Accountability

Is there someone in your life to whom you are accountable? Do you have someone who will ask you honest questions about your walk with God? We all need accountability in some form. One of the girls I was discipling several years ago was engaged, and she asked me to hold her accountable to the purity of their relationship before they got married. I asked what kinds of questions she wanted me to ask. Her

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Make Disciples? Who, Me?

  I asked the question at a discipleship workshop last weekend, If Jesus commanded us to make disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, why are so few Christians actually doing it? His last words to His disciples (and ultimately who all who are disciples of Jesus Christ) were, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 5)

We have been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress in life, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first four things we need to avoid are worry, running on empty, despair, and straying off the path. The fifth thing to avoid is fear. Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 4)

We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress in our lives, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first three things we need to avoid are worry, running on empty, and despair. The fourth thing to avoid is straying off the path. Psalm 23:3b – “He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Sheep are very dependent creatures. In order to flourish, they must know and

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