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When God shows you the door, walk through it…

We do not work in our own time. God has an appointed time for everything and that is not up to us to decide. When he opens a door, even if you are afraid, walk through knowing that the same God who brought you to the door, will take you through the door.

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On a Personal Note – Hello/Goodbye

Life is this series of simultaneous hellos and goodbyes. As I’ve embraced seasons of newness, it’s often bittersweet. There’s an inherent grieving process as I head into fresh beginnings. What I’ve found is if we’re not careful, how we manage our goodbyes can taint our transition into the next season.

#hello #goodbye #december #newyear #new

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God hears our heart

  When we are low on words or feel like God is distant, we must remember God will even hear our faintest cries and he will come to our rescue. Take assurance in the fact that God will never leave you, nor forsake you and as his child, you have direct access to him even when you feel unheard.

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So often we are spiritually burned out. We don’t bring things to God because we don’t feel like we are good enough Christians or we feel that the issue is too minor to worry our big God with. Because of this, we end up spiritually tired.

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Advent Reflections – Even in the Waiting

I know that most people are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season, but December always reminds me to slow down and reflect. It’s something about the cold weather that forces me to cozy up and sit still… I believe the stillness opens

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On a Personal Note – Finish Well

With a little over 30 days left in the year, it’s easy to put a pin in new ideas or projects until the new year. As tempting as enjoying the pause may be, there are some things that we have been called to do that require our action now. Spiritual callings require our steadfast attention, not temporary devotion when our schedules allow. In this season, the Lord has been challenging me to finish well.

In a culture that values purpose and spiritual gifting, it’s interesting how quickly we toss them to the side when we’re fatigued or distracted. We yield to the flesh instead of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We abandon how we show up out of convenience; missing opportunities to share the Gospel or be the hands and feet of Christ. Simply put, we fail to finish well.

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On a Personal Note – Being Seen: A Reflection on Hagar

El Roi. The God who sees me. When we talk about Hagar, we often refer to this tender exchange. This exact moment in the wilderness when she encounters God… when she accepts correction and instruction to return to a tense situation… when she receives the promise concerning the son in her womb… when she recognizes that she is seen and known by name. Yes, this is a pivotal moment, marked with such a significant name, and as I began to walk through Hagar’s story, to be seen, is so much deeper than watching someone visually.

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On a Personal Note – Loss and the Goodness of God

“Are you going to try for another one?”

The ink on our marriage certificate wasn’t even dry before people began to ask when my husband and I were planning on having children. This seemingly innocent question was often met with ‘we don’t know’ outwardly, but inwardly it reinforced the shame of not being able to conceive a child.

I am the one in four.

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The Danger of Double-Mindedness

In verses 2-4, James shares a powerful truth; The only way out of trials is through them. As he continues his letter, he transitions to talk about wisdom and double-mindedness. He starts verse 5 with If… It’s almost as if he recognizes that trials expose a lack of wisdom and insight. The type of insight that only God can give.

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On a Personal Note – Productive Struggles…

As I reflected on James 1:2-4, this concept of productive struggle really resonated with me. James lets us know that we will endure challenges and that our posture should be that of joy. Simply because we know that God is building our faith and deepening our spiritual maturity.

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Consider it All Joy

James is not ignorant of the trials of life. The language used for meeting trials meant that it was inevitable. We, just like everyone else, will have different situations that cause us trouble. Not all of our situations will be the same, but we know that eventually we will encounter them. It’s important for us to view each hard time with the right perspective.

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