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Breaking Free from the Chains of Comparison

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10 In a moment of reflection during a recent podcast interview, a profound statement resonated deeply within me. The guest, Taniesha Hoton LSCW, left me with these words: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” As our conversation concluded, those words continued to echo in my mind, inviting me to explore their true meaning and the impact they hold in our lives. Let …

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Finding Joy

It was in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas, Ft Bliss, that I first met Judy. Perhaps it was the heat, the lack of any color beyond melted butter and toasted cacti, or the distance to the nearest lake that masked the joy of the adventure, but the desert brought out the worst in me. I fell victim to a depleted spirit as we left the lush landscape of Arkansas and the closeness of family for our first duty station at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. With deployment looming and the day-to-day difficulties of being a mom with three …

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Thanks in Action

    It’s Thanksgiving season again. The time to reflect on our lives, gather with family and consider our history as a country that was birthed by the drive to live in a new world where freedom and liberty set the foundation for society. As Christians, many of us take time during Thanksgiving to refocus and prepare our hearts for the impending celebration of our Savior’s birth. We will reflect on blessings and hardships, explore areas of Christ’s intervention or answered prayers over the year, and we will look intently and intentionally at what we have. There will be many …

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Hearts of Gratitude

  In looking up the word “gratitude” from various sources, most of the definitions were very similar and what one might expect: thankfulness, the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; a natural expression of thanks in response to blessings, protection, or love, etc… One definition, however, significantly stuck out to me: gratitude is a joyful commitment of one’s personality to God. In researching gratitude chronologically in the Bible, it took me a while to find it, which was surprising to me! Although we don’t see a “thank you” in the first few chapters …

Embrace Your Who

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14a) Fat! Ugly! Not enough! Worthless! I slammed the mirror onto the countertop. Who could love someone like me? Tears welled up and spilled over onto my cheeks. Uncontrollable crying was my pitiful comfort. From my adolescent years to just about a year ago, these lies plagued me. Other people’s opinions formed my self-judgments. Comparison of my faults with their successes further ingrained these lies. Satan proudly began to laugh as he patted himself on the back for his success. Another woman discouraged … decimated. One less servant focused …

Hearts of Gratitude

In looking up the word “gratitude” from various sources, most of the definitions were very similar and what one might expect:  thankfulness, the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; a natural expression of thanks in response to blessings, protection, or love, etc… One definition, however, significantly stuck out to me: gratitude is a joyful commitment of one’s personality to God. Researching gratitude chronologically in the Bible, it took me a while to find it, which was surprising to me!  Although we don’t see a “thank you” in the first few chapters of Scripture, …

Baby Steps to Finishing

Do you know what the key to “finishing well” in this life is? It’s not starting well… many people have a very rocky start, but through faith and hard work they somehow finish amazingly.  Others may have had a great upbringing, but through poor decisions or bad reactions to life’s difficulties- they just barely make it through life, only to reach the end with nothing to show for it. So, again I ask- What is the key to finishing well? Here’s my 2 cents… I say the key(s) to having a wonderful end to your life’s story is to: 1. …