Live with Courage

  • Happy New Year! Speaking of 2020, I've been working on a little something. This pile of books has taken over my life because I'm in the middle of writing the manuscript for my next Bible study...coming in September! Stay tuned for more info where I'll reveal what book of the Bible I'm writing about. Until then, I'll probably be a little quiet in the social media world until I hand this baby over to my editor. I'm thinking about you as I write and covet your prayers for wisdom and guidance and words that will draw women deeper into *the* Word.
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I'm rooting for you. Always.
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Literally.
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Am drowning in words and footnotes.
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Send coffee.
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K, thanks.
  • Merry Christmas!
  • The physical Christmas season around us is full of gifts and sparkles and the glow of Christmas lights. But if the heart of your Christmas doesn’t reflect the automatic joy that pops up in every retail store across the country, I hope it will comfort you to know that’s exactly why Jesus came.
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He came for the ones who felt like God had forgotten them. He came for the ones drowning in chaos. He came for the ones longing for God to move. He came for the outsiders, the brokenhearted, the weary, and the worn out. He came for you and me.
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This is what Christmas means to me. It means that in the middle of all our mess, there is hope cooing in a manger. It means that Jesus chose to enter a world that was utterly undone so that you and I might find rest and joy and peace in the imperfect. It means that until the imperfect is made perfect when He comes again, we might hold fast to His promises and know that our story doesn’t end here.
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So as we turn our hearts to celebrate Jesus’ birth this week, may we rejoice that we can turn to the voice of God in Scripture, we can trust Jesus to speak into our chaos, and we can wait in confidence that God will move in His perfect timing to answer our prayers.
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I am praying for you today and wishing you and yours a very, Merry Christmas, one filled with the hope of Christ. I’m rooting for you, always.
  • 🙋‍♀️ A summary of how we're doing so far for Christmas:
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🎄 I've only wrapped 3 gifts
🎄 I still have 3 gifts to buy
🎄 Nala gave me a black eye (not kidding)
🎄 I haven't watched nearly as many Christmas movies as I would like
🎄 I'm drowning in laundry
🎄 But I'm still sucking air and thanks to a pep talk from @tomdixoniv I'm grateful for small wins in every day
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How's everyone doing this Christmas Eve Eve?
  • Did you know that you can categorize the Psalms into seven different types? One of those types are Psalms of Thanksgiving, so I wanted to share some of them with you as we celebrate Thanksgiving in the states. Here are ten Thanksgiving Psalms that I'm reading this week:
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Psalm 18
Psalm 30
Psalm 32
Psalm 34
Psalm 40
Psalm 66
Psalm 92
Psalm 116
Psalm 118
Psalm 138
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As we turn our hearts toward gratitude, may we see God as the giver of all good things and thank Him for His faithfulness.
  • My goal in prayer this week: saying thank you before I see it answered.
  • Okay let's talk about two things:
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1 - we have a TEENAGER in the house. This guy turned 13 yesterday but we were too busy celebrating and playing hockey and then going to more hockey to post anything about it. Happy birthday Thomas!
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2 - Disney+ - do you have it? What have you watched? We got it, obvi. And so far we've watched Steamboat Willy, Brain Games, Encore, Bedknobs & Broomsticks - twice, Beauty & the Beast, and a lot of Marvel things (#teamcap)
  • "This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24 NLT
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Our time on earth is measured. We should want to make every moment count—not only because we aren’t guaranteed the next one, but also because this is exactly how our Savior spent His time here. He was determined to rescue you.
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Life is precious. You are precious. Go into this day knowing that you are seen and loved.
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👉From: Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment, my six-week Bible study on Luke.
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#determinedstudy