Live with Courage

  • Just a reminder....God isn’t looking for perfect people who know how to do everything right. He’s looking for people who are willing to choose habits of faithfulness. Just put one step in front of the other today. He'll show you the rest.
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From Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment, a six-week Bible study on Luke
  • Take a brief walk.
Put your bare feet on the ground. Even if it's cold. Just for a minute.
Listen & count how many different birds you hear.
Watch whatever is in the sky (clouds? brilliant blue? rain?) shift & move.
Touch the bark on a tree.
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👆 Ways to marvel at God's creation & get out of your anxious head today. I'm rooting for you, always.
  • 10 verses that reveal God's love for you:
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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. - Zephaniah 3:17

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. - 1 John 3:1

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. - Psalm 86:15

We love because he first loved us. - 1 John 4:19

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:37-39

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. - 1 John 4:16

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13

Read these verses, meditate on them this weekend, and soak up the great love our Heavenly Father holds for you. I am praying for you today and wishing you a very lovely Valentine's Day.
  • Monday morning prayer 🙏
  • 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?