Faith

Developing Hospitality

As I sat down to broach this topic of hospitality, I laughed to myself, as I’m not often hospitable. How can I write about something I don’t excel in? I began to reflect on someone who exhibits hospitality. Instantly Evon McDonald came to mind. I know Evon through Young Living, and I’ve been a guest of…

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Passionate Generosity

Recently, while on a mission trip with LST (Let’s Start Talking), I was reading through the book of Acts with my friends Maria and Irena.  We were reading about some of Jesus’ first followers after he had been crucified and risen. They had no home and were traveling through Jerusalem where they heard about Jesus and stuck around so that…

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Insomnia: Insights into the Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional

Let me start out by saying I’m not a physician. I’m a Christian with a biology background and trained in the dental field, but I also have some understanding of the “natural” world. I believe God has given me some insight into this condition. Circadian rhythm is an important part of sleep. Have you ever…

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The Road Called Money

I often think of C.S. Lewis’s book The Screwtape Letters. If you’ve not read it, I strongly encourage you to do so. In this book, Lewis presents a premise: the devil doesn’t want you in the middle of the road (representing truth), regardless of which road you choose. He wants you in the ditch. The…

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The Greatest Need

My eyes caught a glance of him. The salt and pepper scraggles poking out of his beard drew my attention. I motioned towards my husband with my eyes and head. We surveyed the weather worn straw hat. Saw the heavy glasses held together with duct tape. Caught a glance of his shirt that he carefully…

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The Power of Our Words

At dinner the other night, my girls were excitedly looking over the list of camp counselors that have been named for this coming summer. There was one super fun picture that stood out to us. When we clicked on the picture, the first thing we noticed in the girl’s bio is that it she will be a…

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For The Wages of Sin is Death

Humans. We think we’re so smart. We’ve got it all figured out, right? WRONG. SO VERY WRONG. “For the wages of sin is death…” the Scripture reads. Don’t we think that most of the Bible is one big allegory? When reading The Word, we need to consider three aspects: 1) physical, 2) emotional, and 3)…

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Surrender

There comes a point when the work of your human flesh gets in God’s way, even if you’re living intentionally for Him, even when you don’t intend it. My oldest child was very sick as an infant and toddler. I went through three pediatricians, one of whom accused me of having Munchausen Syndrome, before I…

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The Hurried Culture

I’m in a hurry to get things done Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why. I hear a voice that says I’m running behind, I better pick up my pace: It’s a race, And there…

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Rescue

Lately, I have been focusing a lot on being mindful of everyday circumstances and the lessons that I can glean from them if I listen carefully to that still, small voice that is speaking all the time. I had one of those moments this week, and I’m still a bit surprised about how much I…

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