Be Willing

By Kayla Young For most of my life I have thought that the Bible was filled with oxymorons. Maybe that is not the best way to start out a spiritual blog, but it is true. We are to have joy in the middle of persecution (you know, tortured and hated but happy!). Or free to […]

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Only One Thing is Necessary

Written by Laura Bernero The clock read 6:42 and I was ready. Soups were simmering on the stove. Music from my favorite Pandora station was drifting lazily through the room. The furniture was arranged neatly, with plenty of seats for all the guests. Utensils and napkins were within arms-reach of the Pinterest-worthy snacks. It was […]

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A Constant State of Preparation

Written by Caitlin Closs As a first year teacher I feel like I am constantly in a state of preparation.  Preparing lessons, notes, worksheets, tests, quizzes… and the list continues as soon as one thing is accomplished there are 3 new things to prepare for. It seems the world demands a constant state of preparation.  […]

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Check Your Posture

Written by Chelsea Lecander “She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” (Lk. 10:38-40) Preparation is a posture, not a pursuit. In an age where preparedness has become practically synonymous with activity—doing things, […]

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“Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room”

Written by Debbie Garrett For me the word preparation immediately brings up “to do” lists in my head. I have to admit I’m a task-oriented person, so this fuels me. I love to cross things off the list as I take care of item after item. I’m afraid though, that this obsession of the ‘doing’ […]

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The Kingdom is Coming

“The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 Preparation. The word makes me think of being completely ready. Ahead of schedule, no stress, set up for whatever is coming. God asking us to be prepared has nothing to do with our readiness. As you will read this week, it is about things like willingness […]

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True Hope

By Lisa Beasley I was asked to speak to you about hope. Hope in Christ. Hope in Christ, my friends, is a dangerous thing. Hope in Christ is what gives you the strength you need to get through the day or month or year that has been unbelievably, heart wrenchingly hard. With that being said, […]

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Waiting in Hope

By Carin Tillman We are not perfectly free until we live in pure hope. For when our hope is pure, it no longer trusts exclusively in human and visible means, nor rests in any visible end. He who hopes in God trusts God, Whom he never sees, to bring him to the possession of things […]

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Be Thou My Vision

Written by Lynn Eklund It’s so easy to get our hopes up in our culture- especially this time of year.  When I was a little girl, I hoped Santa would bring me a Barbie Dream House every year.  He never did.  I think back to the year I really hoped my boyfriend (now husband) would […]

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Hope—Keep Looking Up!

Written by Derek Garrett In our society, we use the word “hope” in the same way we use the word “wish.” We hope our team wins the big game, or we hope that this or that would happen.   The Bible doesn’t use the word “hope” in that way. Biblical synonyms for hope are “comfort, expectation, […]

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