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One Step Forward

              Some days feel like I’m walking through mud. Things happen and I catch myself asking, “why me Lord?” But, then I look around at the suffering and chaos going on around me and realize how blessed I am. I remember on a mission trip once in Peru, when the trail before me was 16 miles of mud! It was the hardest hike I had ever done. I would take one step forward and sink into the mud, trying to keep my balance and to keep moving. I learned many things on that trip; …

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Effort

        If you want to achieve anything in life you must put some effort into it. So it is with being a Christian. Some may think that they can be saved from sin and that’s all they have to do; just skate through the rest of their life. But that’s not what God had in mind when He created you and me. We all have a purpose and if you’re a Christian, God has purposely given you instructions through His word (the Bible) to go and tell others about Him. You can’t just go to church on …

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Slander

      Have you ever had someone tell lies about you; someone who just makes up stuff to benefit themselves? Slander is akin to stepping into God’s place as the only judge and telling Him (God) to move over, you’ve got this. It really used to bother me when someone would be so deceitful and hurtful towards me, but then I realized that hurting people intentionally hurt other people. What did I do? The only thing I knew how; I started praying for that person. That’s our only weapon in this war we Christians face every day. You see, …

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When Will My Problems End?

        We all face challenges every day. No one is exempt from problems. Even a toddler has an issue every now and then when they don’t get their way. Many times these problems can manifest anxiety, anger, depression or worse, suicide. When I became a Christian as a teenager, I can remember thinking maybe I will have less trouble in my life. I was so wrong. It took many many years to realize why. It says in the Bible that we will have troubles but not to worry. There is a God who loves me, cares for …

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Am I Doing This Right?

      Am I doing this right? Life is hard. There is no doubt about it. Just when you feel good about your circumstances, your relationships, even your health, BAM! It hits; comes from out of nowhere. As a Christian, we may try to devote our time to reading the Bible, praying, helping others in need. But in the midst of all this, our car breaks down, the job stresses us out, our child gets sick. We start to wonder, what is happening and what am I doing wrong that would cause all this chaos? You see, this is …

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Sacrifice

To make a sacrifice, you surrender or give up something for the sake of someone else. In the spiritual realm, sacrifice means giving to the Lord whatever He requires, whether it be our time, our resources and our energy to further His work. We all make sacrifices every day. Some do this because they love and care about another’s needs. God sees this and blesses us for it. I’m personally going through a trial that is requiring me to help my family get through a difficult season. Others may look at me and wonder why I’m taking on so much. …

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Turn Your Mess Into Your Message

    Some may not know this about me but I was a rebel in my early teens. I had wonderful parents who loved me and were Christian role models. My dad died when I was ten and a few years later, something changed in me. Even though I gave my life to Christ at sixteen years old, it wasn’t long after that when my life spun out of control. I slowly drifted from God. I thought I could live life without God and just go my own way. I started believing the lies that satan was telling me; that …

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Broken

Despite what breaks you today or what has broken you in the past, trust that God is with you, if you are a Christian and have a relationship with Him. Have you ever broken your favorite plate or glass, something that meant a lot to you? Do you remember feeling defeated or sad when that happened? It happens, but it’s just stuff that can be replaced. But what about the brokenness of the spirit? It can feel like the most devastating thing that’s ever happened to you. I have had many ups and downs in my Christian walk. There have …

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Give

  It hit me as I took in the line of people waiting to get food. These people are desperate, still God provides. Some of these people you would never notice at the grocery store or post office, yet these are people you pass on the street or in your own town. As I looked over the crowd, my only thought was, ‘what brought them here?’ They probably didn’t start out life coming to the food bank, so what shifted in their lives to come to this point? Jesus tells us to take care of the hungry; the needy, and …

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When the Wind Is In Your Face

When the wind is in your face, keep your head down and keep pedaling. My husband introduced me to cycling 12 years ago. I was hooked from the beginning. I love cycling outside, but am definitely a fair weather rider. There have been times while riding on a windy day, that I have had to just dig in and put my head down and pedal with everything I had. As I was thinking about this, it reminds me of times in my Christian walk, when nothing seemed to be going right and satan’s attacks were evident. During these times, I tell myself, …

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Our Attitude is the Prophet of the Future

          How’s your attitude today? There’s a saying, ‘you are what you think.’ What’s on your mind lately, and how is that reflected in your demeanor? Do people smile when they see you, or is your conduct telling them something else? Some people who aren’t Christians, seem to think that we should just go around smiling and singing all day long and not have a bad day. This is not one of God’s promises. Although He did promise a fulfilling life with a Godly purpose, God does allow pain and suffering among His children. We should …

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Authenticity

          Authenticity is defined as “you’re true to your own personality, values, and spirit, regardless of the pressure that you’re under to act otherwise. You’re honest with yourself and with others, and you take responsibility for your mistakes.” Life is hard and some people go out of their way to be something they’re not. It’s okay to have a goal, a dream that pushes us to be a better version of ourself. It’s when our character doesn’t match up to our true self that starts to alter our ego and personality. God made each of us in …