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Are Trials Really Worth It?

Are you in the middle of a trial and desperately want out? James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” If you understand the purpose of trials, then you will be able to count it all joy because you know what God

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Press On to Spiritual Maturity

Some of you may be floundering in your faith today or struggling with pressing on in a specific season of life. You may be a young mom who is exhausted, a caregiver who is worn out, a wife in a difficult marriage. Perhaps you are in a job that is requiring more from you than you can handle, or you are fighting a sickness or disease. These challenges can hinder you from pressing on to

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Quiet Time With God

In the midst of a hectic, busy world, we need to find time each day to slow down and meet with God. I’ve had people ask, “What do I do in a quiet time alone with God?” It’s a great question. When I was a junior at LSU, Bonnie (my discipler) took me with her one morning to the Chapel on campus and let me “participate” in her quiet time. It gave me first-hand experience

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Walking by Faith in God’s Will

God doesn’t show us His will for our lives all at once. Instead, He shows it to us one step at a time. To be honest, I wish God would just show me the entire blueprint now. But that wouldn’t require walking by faith. Mrs. Charles Cowman in her devotional book, Streams in the Desert 2, July 28, tells the story of a young boy and his father camping out in the woods. The father sent the boy to

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When to Say “Yes” to a New Opportunity

When you are presented with a new opportunity to serve in some capacity, do you struggle with deciding what to do? How do you know when to say “yes” and when to say “no”? Elaine Brown, in an article published in Discipleship Journal, gives seven questions to consider before saying “yes” to a new opportunity: 1. Will my spouse and children be adversely affected if I say “yes” to this? 2. Is this new opportunity

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All I Need

Happy New Year to all! This morning as I spent time with the Lord, I found myself reflecting on some “unanswered” prayers this year, or prayers not answered in the way I had desired. I was reading from the book The Valley of Vision, page 271. This prayer truly spoke to my heart this morning. May it be an encouragement to you also as we begin a new year, with new and continuing prayers, which

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Are You Ready for a New Year?

For me, this has been a year of ups and downs, but God has drawn me closer to Him through each situation He has brought into my life. As we come to the end of another calendar year, I encourage you to reflect over the past twelve months. What has God taught you this year? How has He changed your life? Are you growing in your relationship with the Lord, or are you becoming stagnant and settling

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

While I was grocery shopping today, I heard the song playing:“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. . .” Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!  But why? Is it because of the delicious food we eat and the extra pounds we add? Is it because of family and friends that we spend time with? Is it because of the gifts we give and receive, or the festive decorations, or the beautiful

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A Thank You Journal

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, have you taken time to thank God for His many blessings? We shouldn’t wait till Thanksgiving Day to do that, but it should be an ongoing daily practice. I confess that I don’t do it enough. So last week I decided to start keeping a “Thank you, Jesus” journal. The journal is beside my bed and before I turn out the light at night, I write a thank you

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10 Lessons Learned from Skeet Shooting

10 Lessons Learned from Skeet Shooting

Last week my staff team went away for a staff retreat for two days to  discuss some things, slow down the pace a little, and have a little fun. As an afternoon “team bonding” event, we went skeet shooting. At first I stood to the side and said, “I’ll just watch.” I was a little uncomfortable about shooting a shotgun and knew it was out of my comfort zone. But the guys encouraged me to

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