Inner Strength

Are You Firmly Planted?

The other day, my husband and I were outside tackling a mulch project. Before spreading the beautiful dark substance, my husband did some digging. Using a shovel, he dug out the edges of the area needing mulch. Many of these areas were circular and carefully surrounded individual trees. When we got to the final tree,… Continue reading Are You Firmly Planted?

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Movie Edits & Pruning Shears

“Deleted Scenes” Have you ever felt a surge of excitement when reading those words? Perhaps your mind races, imagining what wonderful things are in store! Last night, my husband and I decided to watch a movie—one of those popular, practically-everyone-has-heard-of-it kind of films. With access to the movie came the opportunity to watch several deleted… Continue reading Movie Edits & Pruning Shears

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Hello, Victory

I've been reading in the Biblical book of Esther lately, which is a powerful story of God's perfect timing and deliverance. Around chapter 3, things aren't looking good for the Jewish people. The Jews were devastated when the decree came that they would all be destroyed. DESTROYED! The day of their destruction was set, but… Continue reading Hello, Victory

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Keep Asking

Are you expecting a move of God? Is there something about which you've been praying and praying, now feeling like you’re on the verge of giving up? Are you trusting God for a miracle that has not yet been seen? As I was reading in Luke 18 today, the Lord put something on my heart… Continue reading Keep Asking

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Breaking Strongholds

Are you carrying a weight on your shoulders? Is there something with which you’ve battled for years but feel like you can’t break free? It feels like a stronghold—a prison—and no matter how hard you try, escape seems impossible. In Luke 13, Jesus sees a woman who “had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen… Continue reading Breaking Strongholds

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Don’t Be Afraid

In Luke 8:41, a man named Jairus fell at Jesus' feet and pleaded with him to come to his house, because his 12-year-old daughter was dying.   While they were on their way, someone came from Jairus' house and said, "Your daughter is dead...Don't bother the teacher any more," (Parts of Luke 8:49).   "Hearing… Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid

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Victory in Jesus: 7 Keys to Overcoming Temptation

In this life, we will encounter temptation. 1 John 2:16 says, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” The good news? We have victory over these temptations through Jesus! Jesus set the perfect example for… Continue reading Victory in Jesus: 7 Keys to Overcoming Temptation

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Catching Fire

While reading Acts chapter eight this past Friday, several things stuck out. The book of Acts is rather inspiring: people, filled with the Holy Spirit, following God with complete abandon. They don't worry about pleasing people. They aren't stopped by fear of torture or death. They know the truth, and that truth comes flowing out… Continue reading Catching Fire

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Burning Rubber & Saving Grace

I once heard someone use an analogy like the following to explain grace. Imagine you’re driving down a country road. Noticing nobody else around, you stomp on the gas pedal and start burning rubber, eager to arrive at your destination. After several minutes, you hear the alarming sound of sirens as flashing lights appear in… Continue reading Burning Rubber & Saving Grace

Caitlin's Corner

The Heart of Communication

Effective communication can be tricky. When I worked as an office manager, there'd be days that I'd find myself replaying conversations in my head. I'd wonder, "Did I handle that well? Did I say the right thing, or should I have said 'X' instead? Was I right to have that tough conversation with that person,… Continue reading The Heart of Communication