What Does Discipleship Look Like?

What Does Discipleship Look Like?

What do you think of when you hear the term discipleship? Do you think of going through a curriculum together, or do you just hang out and talk? I think both can be true. Some of the people I have discipled have asked me to specifically go through something structured with them. Others have just wanted to spend time with me and talk about things going on in their lives. Sometimes I do both with

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Prayer: Ritual or Relationship?

Prayer: Ritual or Relationship?

How would you describe your prayer life? Is prayer a special part of your day? Do you protect and cherish that time, or do you just go through the motions so you can check it off your to-do list? Is prayer an obligation or a necessity for you? Have you made it a ritual, or is it about the relationship? Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount: “Prayer is

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Why Change is Good for Us

Why Change is Good for Us

Change is hard. I admit I don’t always look forward to change because it’s more comfortable to stay with what I’m used to and what I know. After all, I’ve eaten Eggo waffles for breakfast almost every morning for 15+ years and I don’t want to change! But change is good for us. This week I had a friend redesign my website and make some much-needed changes. (Thank you, Susan Stilwell!) For those of you

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I’m Under Attack!

I'm Under Attack!

Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in attempted logins on my website from countries all over the world. My initial response is, “Why would anyone want to attack and get into MY website? I’m not a big corporation or banking enterprise. I don’t have people’s personal information and passwords, and I don’t have any national security secrets. Why me?” Thankfully, I have programs and plugins that monitor these attacks and block them. But, I’m continually looking

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Five Questions to Ponder As We Begin a New Year

Five Questions to Ponder As We Begin a New Year

A new year! I always get excited about what a new year might hold. God knows what’s ahead for each of us this year, but He reveals it to us one step at a time. For some, there will be great joy and pleasant surprises, gifts from God. For others, there will be heartache and sadness, also gifts from God. How will we respond to what He has in store for us this year? I

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Celebrating the Coming of the “Sonrise”

Celebrating the Coming of the "Sonrise"

  As Christmas is quickly approaching, let’s reflect on what Christmas is truly about. It’s not about the decorations, food, family gatherings, and Christmas music, although we enjoy those things at this time of year. But we wouldn’t even have Christmas if Jesus hadn’t come to this earth as a baby born in Bethlehem. Because He came, we have hope in this life and eternal life. A few months ago, I witnessed the sunrise over

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Celebrating Christmas in the Midst of Grief

Celebrating Christmas in the Midst of Grief

I have several friends who have lost loved ones over the past few months. With Christmas just a few days away, they’re wondering what this Christmas will be like without their loved one. I understand their feelings – my mom went home to be with the Lord on December 19 two years ago. My aunt (her sister) died a few hours later. We had two funerals a day apart just a few days before Christmas.

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Playing the Comparison Game

Playing the Comparison Game

I confess. I struggle with comparison. I wish I were as pretty as she is. I wish I was as funny as she is. I wish I could dress as cute as she does. I wish I had what she has. I wish I could sing like she does. I wish I lived in that house or that neighborhood. And on and on it goes. To be honest, I think most of us struggle with

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Giving Thanks in All Things

Giving Thanks in All Things

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day we slow down to give thanks. Yet, I was reminded this morning that I should be giving thanks every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving. And I try to. I have a Thank You journal by my chair to write down what I’m thankful for each morning. It’s easy to thank God when things are going great — when my football team wins, when He answers my

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Moved to Worship

Moved to Worship

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) Those verses took on new meaning for me as I spent the last ten days in Nepal, gazing at the beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges, including an up-close look at Mount Everest. My response every time I looked at the mountains was one of worship, wanting to fall

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