From the Mountaintop to the Valley

From the Mountaintop to the Valley

It’s hard to believe this is the sixth year of my blog, The Passionate Pursuit. This morning I was thinking about the very first blog post I wrote. After reading back through it, I decided to share it again. I had just received an email from an agent who wanted to represent me and pitch my Bible studies to publishers. I was thrilled! But then something happened that changed my joy to tears and prompted

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Soaking in the Rain of Grace: Guest Post by Heather Bock

Soaking in the Rain of Grace: Guest Post by Heather Bock

I like to prayer walk in the mornings. Starting out on my walk, I ask God if He’d be willing to join me. I take my prayer cards with me–reminders of requests for which I regularly pray–but I also spend time just talking to God, thanking Him, crying out to Him, and asking for help. One morning a few weeks ago, I couldn’t bear to bring up the requests on my cards. I barely knew

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Navigating the Storms of Life

Navigating the Storms of Life

All of us will go through storms in life—those times when we feel beaten and battered by the winds and waves of circumstances around us. These storms will blow us off course if we’re not anchored to the right thing. We live in a world today that is far different from the one I grew up in. We never thought about the possibility of school shootings, terrorist attacks, or bomb threats. When I was a

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Drawing Strength From the Psalms

Drawing Strength From the Psalms

When I ask someone what they’re reading in their Quiet Times, especially when they’re not in a structured study, I often get the response, “I’m spending time in the Psalms.” I think we’re drawn to the Psalms because we can see ourselves in the words expressed by the psalmists. We can identify with their struggles, battles, discouragement, pains, and insecurities. The Psalms comfort us because we realize we’re not the only person who feels these

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Trust: Hard but Necessary

Trust: Hard but Necessary

Whom or what are you trusting in today? The theme this year in our Women’s Ministry has been Trust. We have focused on this one word all year. And as we’re about to move on to another theme for the coming year, I realize how much I still need to grow in trusting God. Trusting God for my daily needs Trusting God for the future Trusting God for direction in decision-making Trusting God to keep

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How To Be A Fragrant Aroma of Christ

How To Be A Fragrant Aroma of Christ

Do you have a favorite aroma or fragrance? Maybe it’s chocolate chip cookies in the oven or spiced cider simmering on the stove. It may be a perfume or even the smell of burning wood in the fireplace. My favorite flower is the stargazer lily because of its fragrance. A fragrant aroma brings pleasure. Paul talked about a fragrant aroma in 2 Corinthians 2:14, but he wasn’t referring to food, flowers, or perfume. He was

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8 Roadblocks to Healthy Biblical Community

8 Roadblocks to Healthy Biblical Community

God designed us for community, not to live in isolation from one another. But do we experience community in the way God wants us to? Several years ago, Dr. Sue Edwards spoke on this topic at our women’s retreat and shared with us eight roadblocks to building healthy biblical community. Are any of these roadblocks holding you back from authentic community with others? Anger – I’m ticked off. I don’t want to be around people.

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Finding Contentment in Singleness

Finding Contentment in Singleness

Before you delete this, thinking it doesn’t apply to you if you’re married, keep reading. Even if you’re married, you most likely know someone who is single – a child, a friend, a grandchild, a coworker. Because I’m single, I often get asked questions about finding contentment in singleness. To be honest, when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I was not excited to be single. I prayed fervently for God to bring a

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The Gift of Closed Doors

The Gift of Closed Doors

I love the Thank You Journal that some friends gave me several years ago. Each page is a specific date, divided into spaces that cover five years. This morning as I was looking back over today’s thank-you nuggets over the past three years, I was reminded of where I was a year ago today. I had thanked God for meetings with four agents and publishers at a writing conference, even though all four were closed

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Fighting Fear

Fighting Fear

From the first time I laid eyes on little Hannah, I knew she was the one I wanted to take home with me. I was planning to adopt two kittens and had gone to the vet’s office to meet four kittens up for adoption. Hannah drew my attention right away. Not because of her beauty or size, but because she seemed overwhelmed and frightened. I knew from the first moment I looked into her eyes

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