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4 Powerful Ways to Pray Specifically

I have prayed my entire life, but have not always thought to pray specifically. When I keep my talks with God vague, it is because to pray specifically exposes my vulnerability; similar to when a friend asks how you are doing and you don’t reveal the whole truth. When we pray we are tempted to …

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Does God Still Heal Today? And A Good Prayer for Healing

For most of the first 40 years of my life, I had head knowledge about Biblical healing.  I knew the stories of Jesus healing people – healing leprosy, an issue of blood, and even blindness. But I never stopped to wonder does God still heal today, not until I desperately needed healing for my own …

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How to Learn from Mistakes and 6 Ways God Redeems Our Mistakes

Unfortunately, we all make mistakes. I have made my fair share of mistakes which has fueled my determination to figure out how to learn from mistakes. When we believe God redeems our mistakes and we are committed to learning from mistakes, it eases the discomfort mistakes cause. We can get past our feelings of disappointment …

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What is Discouragement and How to Not Let it Define Us

What is discouragement? It is a curtain of doubt that falls on us when our optimism over a certain outcome is ripped away.   I can vividly remember situations where I have felt discouragement. A season of hope that was replaced by uncertainty and confusion. The moment my husband walked into the room after Hurricane …

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What Does the Bible Say about Encouragement? 5 Tips to Build Each Other Up

It seems some people naturally know how to encourage others.  In their presence, we feel refreshed; they freely offer praise, admiration, and genuine encouragement. When I am around encouragers, it makes me wonder, how are they so kind? Is it possible for all of us to become encouragers? What does the Bible say about encouragement? …

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How the Bible Can Change Your Life and Understanding the Power Found in God’s Words

Are you wondering, how the Bible can change your life? How the word of God can completely transform you? When I was in grade school, I was part of a team that would memorize Bible verses for a competition. I would sit on my porch, eat Lemonhead candy, and practice Bible flash cards. I hate …

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Trusting God One Step at a Time

Lately, my husband has become a weekend “tinkerer”. I thought he would appreciate having his tools near him on the carport, so he would not have to go in and out of our house. Also, his tools were taking up needed space in our already cramped utility room, so yes, a little selfish motivation on …

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How to Persevere in Faith When You Feel Like Giving Up

Most mornings I exercise on a path near my home and get to practice how to persevere when you feel like giving up! Occasionally, as I head out the door, a neighbor waves and says, “headed for a run, good for you!” It feels good to think other people see me as a runner. I …

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Finding Godly Contentment & Overcoming the Need for Seeking Approval

Godly contentment brings a deep sense of satisfaction that affects every area of life. For a long time, contentment eluded me and I sought satisfaction along paths that led to dead ends. After placing my faith in Christ, a shift began in my spirit. I found myself developing internal confidence, because of my trust in …

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4 Benefits of Daily Prayer

There are so many benefits of daily prayer it would be hard to list them all. Praying daily, writing in a journal, and enjoying the presence of God is now an important part of my routine. It was not always that way; when I was younger, I thought going to church once a week was …

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