Not Losing Heart!

Not Losing Heart!

November arrived, but the calendar in my head hasn’t caught up. It seems like everything in our lives came to a standstill way back in August, when LeRoy first entered the hospital. The world has moved on, summer ended and school semesters started, but in some ways, LeRoy and I are stuck in a “timeless” and somewhat solitary season. But even though I’ve been stuck back in August, the calendar tells me that fall arrived more than a month ago. And I don’t want to miss it. Fall is my favorite time of year, I love this season more than any other.

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Learning to Live With an Open Hand

Learning to Live With an Open Hand

Being a planner is my nature. Things go much more smoothly when I’ve got a plan. It’s never fun to start a meal and realize you don’t have half your ingredients because you didn’t plan well. Especially when my children were small, it helped the day run well if I looked ahead and had things prepared for the day. As a young mom, I was forced to become an organized planner. But I’m realizing that this new life we’ve entered means letting go of my planner to some extent. I’m learning to live with an open hand.

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Let Summer Be Your Growing Season!

Let Summer Be Your Growing Season!

Do you have plans to join a Bible Study group this summer? I’m grateful to be involved with Bible Study Fellowship during the fall, winter, and spring, but spiritual growth doesn’t need to take a break through the summer, in fact, the summer can be a time when your time in the Word can thrive! This summer, I’m leading a group at our church through Titus chapter 2, using Nancy Wolgemuth’s book: Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. Why did I choose this for our summer study? Because . . .

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Where’s the Growth Chart?

Where’s the Growth Chart?

During the “Top Ten” series for pressing on to spiritual maturity, I had a dear friend email me with a few questions: What does this process of spiritual growth look like exactly? How is growth measured? Since there are no “growth charts” for young believers (as there are for infants: “failure to thrive,” “average,” etc.), how does one know if she is where she should be?

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Spiritual Growth Step 7

Spiritual Growth Step 7

This discipline wasn’t something I was practicing much when my pastor handed me that three-ring binder. (I was only fourteen, remember, and no one had told me yet about all the incredible authors there are out there!)

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