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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  • The Perfect Gift

    The Perfect Gift

    Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all the people were on their way to register for the census, each to his own city. Now Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, […]

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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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  • What is Love?

    What is Love?

    The other day, while reading in 1 John, I came across this verse: “The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him,” (1 John 2:10). It jumped off the page! There is no cause for stumbling inside the one who loves his brother? Wow. Can […]

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  • Something Radical

    Something Radical

    What if we do something radical? Something that transforms our culture and the way people interact with each other?  Are you ready for this radical thing? Here it is: What if, before we act, we consider the best interest of others, and not ourselves? What if we consider how our words will impact the person […]

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  • As Beloved Children

    As Beloved Children

    Yesterday, I saw an endearing video. A woman was exercising, and her young daughter was following along. The child, let’s call her Lucy, appeared to be around three years old. As Mom finished a movement and prepared for the next exercise, so did Lucy. Mom positioned a large dumbbell on its side and, watching closely, […]

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  • Someone’s Into You

    Someone’s Into You

    Someone’s into you—and not just ANY someone, THE someone. The someone Who constantly thinks about you, Who wants to hold you, walk with you, talk with you, and share in every moment with you. This someone knows everything about you. He knows your darkest secrets, your insecurities, and your struggles. While knowing, His love never […]

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  • Workplace Confrontation

    Workplace Confrontation

    In the workplace, or at home, we may not always understand the decisions of others. Perhaps we find ourselves starting to wonder, “What was he or she thinking?” Instead of getting caught in negativity, extend grace. Be loving, even in situations we might not understand. By acting from a place of love, we keep our […]

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  • Burning Rubber & Saving Grace

    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 […]

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  • The Heart of Communication

    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, […]

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