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Through the Storm

“I paid half my rent this month.” I uttered this phrase many times in September while talking with friends. Eventually, it began to feel like a litany that sums up my year thus far. I’ve been struggling financially for most of 2017. In 2016, I took a leap of faith in obedience to God; I started 2017 without a full-time job. When the difficulties started, I honestly thought that they would be short-lived. But by the time spring rolled around, my smiles had become a bit more strained, and my go-to response to “How’s it going?” was usually something like, “Oh, Read More

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The Forever Place

Today’s post is from Alicia Wu, the winner of my “Everbloom” contest, which encouraged readers to submit their own story of living a deeply rooted and transformed life. In addition to having her work featured here, Alicia will also receive a free copy of “Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives.” Purchase yours today from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Paraclete Press! Alicia Wu is a licensed mental health counselor and crisis counselor and has an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, NYC campus. She is currently pursuing an MDiv with a concentration Read More

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Finding an Audience is Complicated, So I’m Sharing Mine!

When I try to describe the experience of being a writer/speaker, “it’s complicated” often comes to mind! Publishers and agents want me to have a platform of millions. Because I don’t have that, I sometimes get caught up in the trap of thinking that what I do doesn’t matter. But then, I’m reminded of the numerous times people have told me how much they enjoy my social media and blog posts. I may not have millions of followers, but I have a consistent base of folks who value what I have to say. I’m grateful for that audience, and I Read More

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I Am a Tree

I Am a Tree Bending, swaying, leaning, flailing Cracking, breaking, weeping, wailing Scarred from fires Thirsty from droughts Drowned by floods But Standing Growing Blooming Bearing Feeding Planted Firmly rooted. This post is in response to the writing prompt for Bronwyn Lea’s “No Story Wasted” in Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives. Bronwyn’s piece uses tree imagery to remind us that we know more than we think and have experiences from which others can learn. The prompt is “Record God’s work in your life based on this statement: She is like a tree planted by streams of water.” Read More

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Lenten Reflections – week 7

April 10, 2017 Today’s post highlights the anointing of Jesus at Bethany, in preparation for his upcoming burial. #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged #PourYourPraiseOnHimLikeOil April 11, 2017 On his way to the cross, Jesus stopped in the Temple to teach. As usual, the Pharisees tried to trip him up… “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Read More

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Lenten Reflections – week 6

April 3, 2017 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2 “You are the source of my strength, You are the strength of my life.” #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged #AMEN April 4, 2017 Wow, wow, wow! Today’s post is full of so many wonderful/artistic gifts! Whether we’ll acknowledge it or not, we are all Peter and Judas at some point in our walk with Christ. Today’s song comes from today’s post from Biola’s CCCA Lent Project, and it’s in the form Read More

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Lenten Reflections – week 5

March 27, 2017 “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged #ScepterOfJustice March 28, 2017 Sometimes, you have to ignore the naysayers (even when YOU are your own naysayer) and get obnoxiously loud until you get Jesus’ attention… #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged #CryOut March 29, 2017 “I know you hear me, I know you see me, Lord.” Amen. #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged March 30, 2017 “God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good.” So build, dream, love, believe, sing, pray…anyway. #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged March 31, 2017 I’ve Read More

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Lenten Reflections – week 4

March 20, 2017 Today’s song is a musical setting of the Prayer of St. Teresa: Let nothing disturb you, nothing distress you. While all things fade away, God is unchanging. Be patient, for with God in your heart, nothing is lacking. God is enough. To listen to the song, click the link, then select “Prayer of St. Teresa,” the fourth track in the song list. The song was used in today’s Pray-As-You-Go devotional, and I strongly encourage you to take the 12+ minutes to listen to the full devotional, which includes a reading from Matthew 1:18-21, 24a. #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged Read More

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Lenten Reflections – week 3

  March 13, 2017 The mystery/complicated nature of “already/not yet” allows me to prepare for the death/burial/resurrection of Christ while also being confident that He has already conquered the enemy. It’s the victory that I often need to grab hold of during times storms or times of uncertainty… #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged March 14, 2017 I can’t deny my southern/country roots! While I was cooking breakfast, this is the song that “dropped in my spirit,” as the old saints might say! 🙂 When going through tough times, it helps to remember the times that God brought you out! #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged#WeDontNeedNoMusic Read More

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Lenten Reflections – week 2

March 6, 2017 “In God alone is my soul at rest. He alone is my rock, my strength.” In your times of trouble, may you find rest and strength, in God, our rock. To hear this song, click the link, then select “In God Alone,” the first track in the song list. By the way, I discovered this song while using the Pray-As-You-Go website’s daily devotionals (it was used for a January devotional). #Lent2017 #EncourageYourselfInTheLord #BeEncouraged http://www.kevinmayhew.com/light-in-our-darkness-cd.html#.WL1kuDvyvb2 March 7, 2017 “If I had everything that I could ever ask for, but I didn’t have you, then I’d have nothing…nothing without Read More