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Praying God’s Word for a pure heart

Whenever I get to study God’s Word in depth, it almost always leads to conviction, and I mean that in the best possible way. The Bible is God’s standard for Holy living, and when we choose to expose ourselves to its teaching and submit ourselves to its authority, we see…

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I want healthy relationships with others.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 When was the last time there was zero strife, tension, or division in your relationships? Was there ever such a time? When were you last offended by someone, and it left you wounded, maybe even bitter? When…

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Your greatest affection

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” If I could be known for having a pure heart before God and men, I would say that would be enough. There are many things in this life which compete for my efforts and affections, but this one thing…

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To be pure in heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 NIV The very first time I studied the Beatitudes in depth was back in the Fall of 2008 in Cairo, Egypt. My team and I spent the days walking the streets of that ancient city, praying as…

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Praise from pain

When is the last time that you ached so badly that you were certain the pain would take you out for good? Have you ever hurt so deeply that ache became the only thing you could feel anymore? When you find yourself in the place where you’ve got nothing left.…

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All other ground

There is something to be said about a firm foundation. Without one, structures crumble and eventually fall. Without one, homes cannot endure the test of time. Without a firm and solid foundation, it is only a matter of time before collapse becomes inevitable. I found myself listening to an “old”…

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When I need a reminder

Is there anyone else out there who needs to set at least two reminders for every calendar appointment on your phone? It’s like, if you could set five reminders, you would. Just me? I’ve never considered myself a terribly forgetful person, but after becoming a mom, my ability to forget…

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For we have heard

Reputation can often precede a person. “Oh, I’ve heard so much about you!” You’ve probably said those words, and I know that I have. A life lived well can earn the attention, respect, and even applause from those who are not yet acquainted with the one being esteemed. The world…

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When the pain remains

I found myself back in a passage of Scripture today that I haven’t visited in awhile. You know those verses that were your lifeline for a season, the very words that saw you safely through the fiercest storms, the deepest pits, and the most difficult struggles? Those verses that etch…

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2018: A year of expectancy

Happy New Year from me to you! What a whirlwind these past few months have been, and in it all, I typically find myself so surprised at how quickly January 1st seems to roll around every year…but not this year. I have been waiting. I have been longing. I have…

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