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The Blessing of Family

  Family… what a wonderfully loaded word! There are so many varieties of families, from in-laws to extended relatives, from close friends to our own children. Our family members can be our biggest cheerleaders and our harshest critics. But God intended for them to be a beautiful picture of blessing. To Adam, Noah and Abraham, God blessed them and told them to multiply. He blessed them through multiplying. Family is intended to be a blessing, a picture of the relationship between our Father God, our brother and savior Jesus Christ, and each other as believers. Hebrews 2:11 says Jesus is …

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A Yielded Heart: Rebekah’s Story

  As a little girl I would recite the wishes of childhood. “Star bright, star light, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight!” But always, as long as I can remember I would always end it with “Dear Jesus, please hear me”. Jesus was always a focal point in my life. My first answered prayer that I could visibly see was at 7 when I prayed diligently for a baby doll and on Christmas morning that exact doll was present under the tree. You may say, well your …

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Grandma’s Story

        She was a feisty, tobacco-chewing woman and number five in a family of ten children. Born in 1900, she lived hard growing up in Arkansas. Her name was Frances Agnes Lafayette Karr and she was my “Grandma”. Grandma attended church as a child and learned about Jesus in the backwoods of Arkansas when traveling preachers rode the circuit from one community to another preaching the gospel. She had a strong faith and even prayed for the life of her cat that was almost dead. She and her sister placed the cat in an apple crate in …

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Summer Rest

  Ah, Summer. It is a chance to take a break; school is out, weekends are full of fun, “play” is the primary word on the minds of children (and many adults!). Summer should be a time for relaxing and enjoying free time with loved ones, right? But so many of us are so caught up in the daily grind of life that even sunshine and sprinklers don’t bring the relaxation we so need. I am finding it hard to slow down the pace of my day, my minutes, and my thoughts to simply enjoy summer. Matthew 11:28-30 tells us …

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Healing Grace

A dear life-long friend sparked my memory today about a friendship that was mended only by the grace of God and it just made me smile. I am not the easiest friend to have.  I don’t say that for sympathy or to have a pity party or anything of that nature, but I can recognize my flaws. Someone who trusts very little and has people-pleasing tendencies with the added “always thinking someone is mad at me” feeling is just not a great combination for attributes in a wonderful friend!  If nothing else, I am OVERLY self-aware! I have ALWAYS longed …

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Storms

  My mom passed away one year ago on January 31st  after a six month battle with cancer. This event rocked my world physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. During the battle and after she died I told everyone the “right” things…. “I’m focusing on Him.” “I’m looking for the goodness in all of this.” “I know this is glorifying to Him somehow.” In some ways I believed this deep down. I knew His truths but it was still hard to focus on them. God gave me just enough glimpses of His goodness and His mercy through this storm in my …

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Resolved to have Hope

When a new year hits it is natural to want to begin fresh, to push reset and start life anew.  For some this means overcoming obstacles and shaking off habits that have had a negative impact on life, while for others it might mean beginning a new challenge or ministry opportunity.  For many, a new year simply means another year of hardship.  Maybe you are continuing a fight against illness or grieving a recent loss.  For you, a new year may not mean a new beginning, but an unwelcome continuance.  Whatever category we fall under, a new year means renewed …

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Beautifully Broken: Learning to Live

              “Beautifully Broken” was written by Katie Clifton in the April 2013 issue of My Journey of Faith Magazine. It was so touching to read the stories of these precious African Orphans from the perspective of someone sitting with them before the Easter Holiday. I had to re-share this story with our readers in case they missed it. Thank you for bringing the love of Jesus alive Katie! – Carissa Hardage, Editor As I write this article I am sitting on a roof top patio in Nairobi, Kenya at the home of our missionary …