Determined to Not Lose Heart

Determined to Not Lose Heart

I felt it hot and heavy breathing down my neck—the enemy’s lie. What’s it matter? Give up. This is too hard. I remember the exact spot where I was standing when his foul breath blew that lie across my face, the sound vibrating in accusing waves through my brain. That was almost 15 years ago, and there’s been many hard battles fought since then. And in every battle, the enemy tempts us to lose heart.

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Moving Beyond the Inauguration

Moving Beyond the Inauguration

We listened (by radio) to the inauguration as we traveled home from our cross-country travels. We heard the screams of the protesters and the cheers of the supporters. We listened to commentators as they bemoaned this day and kept referring to the new president as “their president” meaning “theirs but not ours.” We heard the division that threatens to rip our country apart flowing loud and clear through the airwaves. How should we enter this new era? How should we respond to a new presidency?

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Goals, Prayers, and Perspective for 2017

Goals, Prayers, and Perspective for 2017

Once again, I’ve issued you the challenge to adopt a spiritual focus for the year. I’ve invited you into an intentional pursuit of God that brings the joy of knowing Him more intimately. For those of you who are considering joining me in tackling a specific spiritual focus for the year, I thought I’d tear out the first page from this year’s journal and share it here (well, not literally, actually I’m digitally copying it for you). My Goals, Prayers, and Perspective for 2017

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Sending Love to Those Who Are Alone Today

Sending Love to Those Who Are Alone Today

If you’re reading this post on Thursday, November 24, 2016, I’m wondering whether you’re all alone. Today is an important holiday in the U.S. A pretty important one, in fact—it’s my favorite holiday. And most will be too busy to jump online and read a blog . . . unless you’re spending the holiday solo. If that’s you—welcome, friend. I’m praying for you.

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Thanksgiving: The Pathway to Joy

Thanksgiving: The Pathway to Joy

Have you finished with the grocery shopping? Have your recipes ready? Are you hosting a large crowd tomorrow? Or maybe you’re one who is struggling with this whole Thanksgiving season and you’re a long ways from wanting to give thanks. Perhaps this day signifies a painful moment of loss, or maybe your house is empty now and your days are spent in loneliness. Maybe this season brings a fresh reminder of an empty spot at your table. Are you isolated from family and friends and dreading the holiday season? Do you want to know the pathway to joy?

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