Tag Archives | Spiritual growth

What You Need to Know About Jesus

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He is counterintuitive. When He builds His kingdom, He uses the strangest items: mustard seeds (so small), water (so pedestrian), remnants (clothing castoffs), leaven (not the bread but the bubbles that expand it), salt (elemental). And yet, we think that to serve Him, we must expand ourselves, make ourselves important and large and great in […]

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Win Lisa Borden’s Life Changing and Challenging book

I know Lisa Borden from our time in France. We were fellow missionaries with Christian Associates International. While she planted churches in Portugal, my family planted in France. One thing held us together: we were writers. The moment I read her prose, I fell in love. Lisa is one of the most stunning writers I’ve […]

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For Lent, James Watkins is giving up…

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This is a guest post from James (Jim) Watkins, a terrific communicator and author. Two years ago, I posted my Top ten things I (Jim) am giving up for Lent 10. Kidney stones 9. Sushi 8. “Reality” TV 7. Body piercing (other than the usual household repair accidents) 6. Multi-level marketing schemes 5. Urban legends […]

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Do you worry you love writing too much?

I’m one of those people with a hyperactive conscience. Someone can look at me funny and I’ll say sorry. Therefore, I can go a little nutty trying to evaluate the motives of my heart in terms of writing. Yes, Jesus is the most important relationship in my life, followed by my husband and three beautiful […]

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Circling Back Around

Have you ever felt like God has taken you back to a path you’ve been on before? Recently I’ve felt this way about worry and finances. I’ve had brilliant times of faith where I truly believed God would provide, and the anxiety level I experienced during deprivation was low. And then there are times like […]

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Will you choose healing or regret?

I’ve been thinking a lot about healing lately, particularly since I’ll be teaching about it the next six weeks at church. I’m living proof of two things: That God can utterly transform a life. That you have to want to be transformed. Jesus asked the paralytic, “Do you want to get well?” Notice that the […]

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The Sun Shines Brighter when the Fog Lifts

The Sun Shines Brighter when the Fog Lifts

Have you ever been in a fog? I’ve been there, slogging my way through, not sure what I’m thinking, not sure what life’s all about. I compare it a bit to stupor. There’s this vague sense that something’s not quite right, or a memory has more meaning but we can’t mine it. I had one […]

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Validation: The Insatiable Need

Validation: The Insatiable Need

I wonder if I’m a validation junkie. An affirmation addict. A praise nerd. Probably. Are you? It’s probably why I wanted to be a singer as a kid, longing for that “You did a good job” at the end of a performance. It’s probably why I exhausted myself for all those A grades in high […]

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Thankful for New Life

Thankful for New Life

I know well the words of Jesus about seed falling to the ground and dying, about when it does, it bears much fruit. Never is that life lesson more stark than in spring. I’m thankful for the life emerging from winter’s grip. How ironic that I push against dying to self. I forget that leafy […]

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The motions

The motions

I’m thinking about and singing this song, “The Motions” by Matthew West. You can watch the amazing video here. It was easy singing a song like that when we lived in France, untethered to security, constantly facing distress and out-of-the-box trials. We left everything comfortable. But now I live in Texas with a church on […]

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