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Blog Spotlight with Lynette Lyden: Duplicate God's Consistency

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a GOOD WORK in you will COMPLETE it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philippians 1:6

In today’s technology-driven world that has most of us in perpetual motion, strength and focus are more important than ever. In fact, the key to accomplishing your dreams and fulfilling your purpose is in duplicating God’s consistency. ...

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Dare to Dream: The things we gain as we go

Dreamer extraordinaire, Bob Goff, has a lot to say about what it means to dream. His dreams have led him to do unconventional and even crazy things. We’re not talking about a weekend adventure that sparks a new hobby. No. His dreams are like wildfire. They cannot be contained, and they impact the world! 

 

While most of us love to dream and even think about what it would be like...

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Dare to Dream: The things we leave behind

My friend came with a notepad to dinner, so I knew this wasn’t going to be a casual conversation.

The past year had been full of change. Her home, her marriage, her job—everything had changed. Now that the dust had settled, she couldn’t shake the sense that another big change was on the horizon.

She was thinking about it. Mulling it over and over in her mind. This idea that...

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Blog Spotlight with Pastor Sarah Moore: Revival of Truth in Our Wilderness

Hear, speak, and see God bring revival to your life.

The wilderness isn’t known for nourishing life. Many times a wilderness has no clear paths or demarcations to determine the way forward. It may be a desert with tumbleweeds blowing in the wind. Or more of a mountainous terrain with craggy rocks and scarcely-found vegetation. Regardless of the picture, a wilderness is not a desirable...

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Blog Spotlight with Andrea C. Wilson: Who Am I?

This spring, I shared Part I of my thoughts on Martha and Mary in a blog focused on the idea that it is in our best interest to break our busy habits and table our to-do lists with purpose. I wrote about learning to sit at the feet of Jesus to experience rest and peace, while creating a space to connect and hear from God. This was my story—a story of relationship building with God.

As I...

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Five Challenges Of Change And How To Overcome Them

To everything there is a season.

Can you hear it? These words come with a melody. And most of us know the song to which they belong: “Turn! Turn! Turn!," written by Pete Seeger in 1965. Chances are, if you like it as much as we do, you’re probably humming it as you read this!

This song made history using words from Ecclesiastes, an Old Testament book of the Bible. The inspiration...

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Blog Spotlight with Kathi Moore: Surrender

I grew up in the Baptist Church. We learned our Bible and sang some beautiful hymns. One comes to mind now as I sit down to write this blog:  I Surrender All.

 

As I sang that song in my childhood, I had no idea what a journey of surrender would look like. It is not a word that excites us as strong, capable women. We do not want to think of ourselves as surrendered to anything or...

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The Right Conditions (The Reboot)

My backyard is my haven. It’s my favorite place to retreat.

And my favorite time to be outside is from spring through fall. I walk barefoot in the yard all the time, even when it starts to get cold. 

I love to discover unexpected beauty, but most of the time I discover weeds. Lots of weeds

My first summer in the house was an experiment. I was new to serious yard care and...

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Blog Spotlight with Heather Busin Arnold: Faith Over Feelings

Have you ever had a call that took your breath away? 

A call that gave you that horrible sinking, rushing feeling that goes from your heart to your thighs immediately, and then all through your body—seemingly all at once? (It’s usually followed by a word or burst of words, which typically aren’t found in God’s Word.) 

I have--and I remember the call from my...

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Joy Is A Fruit

We have a friend who’s a self-proclaimed “hug dealer.” 

She has a hug for anyone who wants one, and even some that don’t! She proudly wears a t-shirt with this title written in large letters across the front. If you were to ever receive a hug from her, we’re convinced that, like us, you’d want more. 

These hugs are legit! But there’s more to...

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