Encouragement

Have You Been On God’s Anvil?

I guess it was back in the early 1990’s when I was inspired to write. Oh, I’d written term papers throughout high school and college, but had never written for pure joy. This inspiration that occurred in my life goes by the name Lucado. Max Lucado. The following segment is taken from his book,¬†On The Anvil. God sees our life from beginning to end. He may lead us through a storm at age thirty so…

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Encouragement Mentoring

Trust His Steady Hand

I’ve been reading the Bible for a long time now. My particular version of choice has typically been the New International Version (NIV). And in reading this version for most of my adult life, I’ve never come across the word longsuffering. Oh, it’s all over the King James Version (KJV), but not the NIV. Why? My guess is that it just doesn’t sound good. I mean it’s basically saying that you are going to suffer…

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Encouragement

Are You Filled With Audacious Faith?

Well, then. Let’s get started. In Sun Stand Still, Steven Furtick tells us that we are to “preach God’s Word to ourselves” because people won’t always be around to preach to us. I’ve been doing what he suggested by some Biblical truths that he wrote down. You can find these on pp. 114-115. 1. I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation. (Romans 8:1-2; Ephesians 1:7-8; 1 John 1:9) 2. I act…

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Encouragement Mentoring

North Winds & South Winds

When Chris and I got married, we learned VERY quickly that marriage wasn’t this blissful state of being all day, every day like we thought it would be. When we began ministering on a staff at a church, we experienced days where we wanted to toss in the proverbial towel. And after trying to become parents for nearly four years, we had our first son, Noah. We were thrown into parenthood and rapidly understood that…

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Encouragement

Just One More Miracle Under His Majestic Belt

“Jeff Buchanan had a heart attack last night and they don’t think he’s going to make it,” my husband said on the morning of February 15, 2011. Immediately I thought of his wife, Erica, whose been a friend of mine for years. And then their children came to mind which broke my heart even more. Because he’s only 39 years old. My husband went to the hospital later that day to visit her and to…

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