Maintaining a Fiery Faith in the Eyes of Fear: Part Two

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My name is Jessica. I remember for a grade school class assignment asking my parents how they chose it. Their response? “Because we liked it.” Nothing heroic, or poetic about it – nothing other than, “We like the way it sounds.” I remember walking away from that conversation a bit let down (sorry Mom andRead more

Maintaining a Fiery Faith in the Eyes of Fear

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I live in the Midwest, which means we spend time each fall outdoors preparing our yard for the upcoming winter season. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I love the smell of the air. I love the crisp feel of the temperature. I love hoodies, hot chocolate, and a warm fireRead more

I AM did it then. I AM does it now

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We walk some sketchy paths – and sometimes as we’re walking them, we begin to think they’re a new concept, never experienced by anyone – ever. Simple truth – that’s wrong thinking. The Israelites walked a sketchy path too. Theirs was a wilderness. Sometimes ours feels a whole lot like a wilderness too. There wasRead more

The friends every woman needs

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“A real queen fixes another’s crown without telling the world it was crooked.” Anonymous I have no idea who wrote these words, but whomever did hit the nail square on the head with its simple, profound – truth. I know some women who have announced to the world the crookedness of another’s crown – (ahemRead more

4 Steps of Surrender: Allow

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4 Steps to Surrender: Step 4 Allow Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans.” When I think about my need for peace, love, joy, and comfort in my home and my inability to obtain it on my own – this verse becomes my foundation. Commitment… Commit toRead more

The Love of a Father

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When I was 16 or 17, my dad caught me trying to sneak out of the house. I had the window of our living room open and just as I was getting ready to make my move… the sound of his feet coming down the creaky old steps of our home sent me running forRead more

Jesus and Friends

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Jesus, and friends (and GREAT coffee). Alright, Alright – strike the coffee (chalk that one up to an added bonus, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about, let’s FOCUS) -> Jesus, and friends. I packed these words in the suitcase of my mind as I walked away from coffee this weekend.  I packedRead more

4 Steps to Surrender: Step 3 Ask

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Matthew 7:7-11, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” The Message version says it likeRead more

4 Steps to Surrender: Step 2 Acknowledge

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God is omnipotent which means he is all powerful. Not only is God all powerful, but God is sovereign. Miriam-Webster defines sovereign as: possessed of supreme power, unlimited extent, enjoying autonomy. Relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a supreme ruler. Having undisputed ascendancy. God’s sovereignty means that He alone is in control. He’s all powerful,Read more

4 Steps to Surrender: Step 1 Admit

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God is omniscient. He’s all knowing. There is nothing that has ever happened, or will ever happen that he doesn’t already know. Whether we like it or not – it’s Biblical truth, and it’s hard to wrap our brain around. It’s sobering reality to accept that he sees the good – but he also seesRead more