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The Merciful Relationship Between Affliction and Comfort

One of my best friends and I are each part of what we jokingly call the other’s “inner circle.”  He and I both prefer to have a handful of close friends rather than a big group of casual friends. We both take friendship very seriously, and we’ve put each other […]
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For People Who Are Scared to Pray

I used to think I was bad at prayer. It may sound funny to say it like that; after all, is prayer some kind of accomplishment? Do they hand out trophies for praying? Nevertheless, that’s how I felt. If I was in a small group, and someone needed to read […]
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I Stand (Theologically) Corrected

My face fell as my pastor-husband gave me his honest feedback. I had been working on an article for close to a week, about a theological topic that I felt very passionate about as well as confident in my ability to teach. He corrected various aspects of the article and […]
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The Idol Named Sport

Over the past few weeks, I’ve intentionally tried to find quiet moments to search my heart, asking God to reveal in me ways I can grow and develop as a mother, wife, employee, daughter, friend, and as a child of the Most High God. One particular day, during the mundane […]
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Five Keys to Effective Prayer

“Watson, come here! I want to see you!” With these famous words, Alexander Graham Bell catapulted himself into instant historic notoriety as the inventor of the first practical telephone. During a June 2, 1875 experiment by Bell and his assistant, Thomas Watson, the telephone as we know it was born. […]

We Need God’s Transforming Grace

The longer I live, the more certain I become that we need transforming grace. Divine grace. Grace that beckons our feeble lives from the dregs of sin and imparts eternal hope. Grace that is found in the crucified and risen Jesus. The road to deliverance and the pathway to renewal […]