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30May 2013

by: Tim Shorey

Finishing Well pt.2

Following up last Thursday’s post, let me suggest that it is never too early to think about and make plans for finishing well. No matter how young we are and no matter how well or poorly we may feel we’re running the race right now, we can find grace to run well from here on out, and to finish the race with grace and victory in Christ. Without wanting to create any kind of...

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29May 2013

by: Simeon Snyder

Solitude

Gripped by the Grind Often our lives are taken hold of by busy schedules. Day after day is filled with activities: school, work, sports, etc. And these activities can include serving God, going to prayer meetings, accountability groups, small groups, the list goes on. But the one thing we sometimes forget is solitude and its importance. We may be at Church or Cross Culture or whatever, and...

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28May 2013

by: Ramona Doyle

My name will never be on a keychain...

A mother’s privilege...to provide glimpses of glory in the midst of the mundane Recently, my youngest daughter and I were looking through a rack of those cute little personalized key chains at a local discount store when she made an astute observation. It went something like this. My daughter:  “Mom, my name will never be on a key chain.” Me:  “Probably...

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25May 2013

by: Gerard Snyder

Sunday Worship- No Big Deal?!

Scarlet Have you ever slogged your way through the Book of Leviticus, just hoping to get through it and move on in your bible reading?   If so, you can overlook some amazing things.  Take, for example, the (bloody!)  ordination of Aaron and his sons as priests.   In chapters 8 and 9, there is a series of ceremonial washings, sacrifices, anointing with special...

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23May 2013

by: Tim Shorey

Finishing Well part 1

A while back, a dear friend of mine who is a lot older than I am (at lease 3-4 years!), said the following to me: “More and more I want to finish (life) well.” Finishing well is a concept that I first encountered in Scripture some 10-15 years ago. I remember preaching/teaching it a number of times. I also remember thinking as I did: “I hope that as my years accumulate, I...

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21May 2013

by: Trish Donohue

Balance Beam Moms

Moms walk a fine line.  I have one and I am one, so I’m figuring this out. Here is the irony of the situation: Enter a sweet precious baby, formed miraculously in your body and given to you by God.  You are primarily in charge of this new human being.  Make sure he is fed, burped, changed, clothed, and loved.  And make sure you buy the appropriate 965 items from...

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17May 2013

by: Guest Blogger

Motherhood as a Mission Field

By Rachel Jankovic (Blog Manager’s Note: The excerpts listed below are from a blog originally posted on Desiring God’s website called Motherhood as a Mission Field, written by Rachel Jankovic.) ~   The closer you get to home, the less intriguing the work of sacrifice seems. As someone once said, “Everyone wants to save the world, but no one wants to help Mom with...

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15May 2013

by: Guest Blogger

For the Young Mother: Ministry, Guilt, and Seasons of Life

By Jani Ortlund* Guilt is a young mother’s habitual shadow. It has a nasty way of soaking through many of her efforts at nurturing, serving and loving others. “Am I doing enough for my children? For others? What do they think of me? What does God think of me?” As a young mother everyone wants something from you—your family, your church, your boss, your neighbor. And...

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14May 2013

by: Ramona Doyle

The Best Preparation

A mother’s reflections preparing for disappointment... I remember the excitement finding out we were expecting our first child. I was going to be a mother. We were giddy with excitement. We were eager to tell our friends and family. And we were prepared. We spent several months readying the nursery. We researched the best baby gear and learned all about pregnancy, childbirth, and the...

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11May 2013

by: Rob Flood

Look to the Hills

Inspired by Psalm 121 With no prodding or beckoning voice Your heart swells with love from God For lives placed under your watchful care A joyful burden for you to bear   The laughs of children fill the house Blended with cries and screams and yells Your swelling heart is pricked with thoughts Of sadness, thoughts of lessons taught   The sin and struggle still abounds In...

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