Live Motivated by Joy

On the second day of 2017, I invited you to experience joy. Coupled with that invitation came the challenge to seek God for a spiritual focus you should intentionally pursue this year. Several times in this short year, I’ve already strongly encouraged you to develop a daily discipline of spending time in the Word with a plan for study. But my prayer is that none of you will take that course of action because of guilt. Jesus didn’t call us to a guilt-ridden life, but invites us to daily joy!

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It’s Not Too Late to Start Growing!

It’s Not Too Late to Start Growing!

We’re officially past the first week into the year and it may’ve been a bit of a rough start. Maybe there’s been no time to even think about scoping out a Bible reading plan. You may have Christmas decorations still staring you in the face (I remember one year when mine were still hanging around in February, yes, sigh, little ones and a full life kept putting that on the back burner!). Breathe in deeply and take a moment to receive God’s grace. He knows all that’s on your plate and He absolutely remembers your limitations. But I want to encourage you, if you’ve started off the year a little off kilter, and haven’t even thought of a reading plan or a spiritual focus for the year, don’t give up already. It’s never too late to start!

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How Will You be Seeking God in 2017?

This week I’m inviting you to join me in seeking God. Tuesday, I encouraged you to begin asking God what area of needed spiritual growth that He would have for your focus in 2017. No matter what you study this year, I pray that it leads to a new level of spiritual maturity: Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and...

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Don’t Miss the Best Part of Fall

We’re eleven days into November, and we’ve only had one morning cool enough for a small fire in our fireplace. It’s been the warmest fall I can remember. This is my favorite time of year, I love fall. But I haven’t really experienced it yet this year. I’ve missed the crisp air, the cool temps, the gorgeous colors. We took a drive through the Boston Mountains (of Northwest Arkansas) last...

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Want to Grow? Start with Questions!

Asking lots of questions is a vital part of my prayer life. The disciples asked questions (LOTS of them!). If I need to know something, who better to ask than the One who knows all? Praying should never be a monologue (as though God is not an active participant in our lives) but praying is communication. And the very nature of communication is giving and receiving (which requires...

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