Archive for the Devotional Category

What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are up, Christmas music is being played on radio stations, the traffic around the malls has doubled, and many are preparing to travel to be with families over the holiday. I love this time of year as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But, sometimes I can get so busy with doing and running around that I don’t slow down and reflect on

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Tears at Thanksgiving

Tears at Thanksgiving

As I write this blog post this morning, I’m wiping away tears. I just received word that a dear friend of mine here in Memphis lost both her parents last night in a tragic train accident. How does one handle this kind of grief? My heart goes out to the families who are still in shock that this has happened so suddenly. It’s the day before Thanksgiving—a time we focus on giving thanks. How do

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How Drawing a Line Down the Center of a Page Can Change Everything

How Drawing a Line Down the Center of a Page Can Change Everything

Guest Post by Cathy Baker (I met Cathy several years ago at the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference, and I love her heart and her writing! I know you will too.) Ice cream has always been my downfall. Not just any ice cream, mind you. It must include sweet morsels of cookie dough, thin mints, or chocolate chips⏤sprinkles, syrups, or anything fruity are simply not invited to the party. Recently, while wiping minty green deliciousness

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Handling the Busy Seasons of Life

Handling the Busy Seasons of Life

Does anyone else feel like they’re spinning plates in the air, trying to keep them all going at the same time? That’s how I would describe what I’m feeling these days. Life is busy, and I feel stretched and pulled in many directions. My fear is that all the plates will come crashing down because I can’t keep them going much longer. How do we get to that place? How do we get so busy

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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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