Inner Strength

  • The Truth about Love

    The Truth about Love

    Love—it’s commonly used as a word to express fondness for something or someone. Perhaps we love certain foods, entertainment, or hobbies. We get the gist of what it means to love something, but what about loving someone? In Matthew 5:44-45a, we read these words from Jesus: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray […]

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  • Freedom

    Freedom

    Today, July 4th, we reflect upon a special time in the formation of the United States of America. I’m so thankful for the founding fathers of this nation. For their courage, passion, and heart. For their boldness to stand for truth and pursue freedom. Their sacrifice and bravery moves me, bringing to mind Jesus’ words in […]

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  • He’s Coming

    He’s Coming

    But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. Matthew 14:24-25 According to my Bible notes, the fourth watch of the night is between 3 and 6 AM. […]

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  • Friendship: Holding Up Tired Arms

    Friendship: Holding Up Tired Arms

    Today, I was reading in Exodus 17, and the Lord impressed upon my heart to share something with you. Before we get there, here’s part of the passage I read: The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. […]

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  • Take Up a Tambourine and Lead the Dance of Victory

    Take Up a Tambourine and Lead the Dance of Victory

    Today, I was reading in Exodus 15. To provide some context, let’s look back at what the Israelites had experienced. They had been slaves in Egypt for a long time, and the Egyptians dealt harshly with them. The Israelites kept multiplying, and the Egyptian leader was afraid of how numerous they’d become. He was concerned […]

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  • Worry-Free Caring

    Worry-Free Caring

    The world sends us a false message. It tells us that in order to care, we must worry. If I tell you serious news, and you don’t express concern, fear, shock, or anxiety on my behalf, you don’t truly care. The misconception is that if we don’t lose sleep over something, it means little to […]

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  • Facing Sorrow

    Facing Sorrow

    Sorrow. It’s more than being sad. It’s deeper than disappointment over the fact that someone ate the last cookie or didn’t leave enough milk for cereal. Sorrow is a distress that seeks to penetrate our hearts. It’s grief, anguish, and often indescribable emotional pain. Perhaps you know precisely what I’m talking about, and when you […]

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  • You Belong with Me

    You Belong with Me

    When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map–and hopefully restore her disgraced family name. But she’ll need […]

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  • Breaking Strongholds

    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 […]

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  • Challenge & Change

    Challenge & Change

    I enjoy many things, and one of them is exercise. You might even call me an exercise enthusiast. Yes, it’s true. I get excited by some workouts and consider it fun to exercise on vacation. After doing track in college, and weightlifting in the gym for years after, I wanted to try something different. A […]

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