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Start Beating the Worry Trap Today! (There is a freebie for you!)

“The Lord does not see us. The Lord has abandoned us” is a declaration of doubting. At the core of this statement is the sin of worry. This one sin sets in motion idolatry. It leads us to worship our ways, not the Lord’s. Fear and impatience prompt us to trust anything other than God. Worry escorts our faith to the grave. And nothing disappoints God as much as this! The Israelites have a history

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Closer to Jesus

Sin is Not Always the Reason for Our Struggles

Sin is not always the reason we experience pain and challenges in our life. Yes, we live in a fallen world, which our sinful nature partakes, but personal troubles come to us by way of many means. Could it be that God is using your tragedy to acclaim His majesty? One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the one about the blind man. In John 9, we see the disciples questioning Jesus, “Rabbi,

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Closer to Jesus

What Does Hesitating to Obey God Cost You?

The angels urged him, “Get up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But Lot hesitated. Have you ever hesitated at first when God calls you to take a step of faith into His purpose for you? How long does it take you to obey Him? What holds you back? We don’t know what caused Lot to hesitate, but we

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Closer to Jesus Marriage Missions Parenting

When the Miracle Doesn’t Happen, What Do We Do?

As she sits at the entrance of the tent, Sarah overhears the conversation between Abraham, her husband, and the three Visitors. Through these guests, the Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son!”   Almost 90 years old, Sarah laughs to herself, “After I have become shriveled up and my husband is old, will I have this delight?” The Visitors asked Abraham,

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Closer to Jesus Missions

“You Were Born for This”

I find no sweeter place on earth than when I’m reading God’s word, listening to one teach/preach about Jesus, and worshiping our Lord in song with His people. The peace I experience in these is unheard of in any other part of my life. I yearn for it. I am frustrated when my time is short inhibiting these moments with the Lord. When this part of my life goes lacking, I feel off. Essentially, I

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Parenting

What Does a Daughter Need from Her Mom

I just finished reading, Mothers Who Can’t Love, by Susan Forward, Ph.D. and Donna Frazier Glynn. Over the course of fourteen chapters, I met moms who were overtly enmeshed in their daughter’s lives; they were narcissists, control freaks, abusive, neglectful, and in need of mothering, themselves; I heard the broken hearts of their daughters and what they desperately wanted from their moms while growing up, yet never received. While each story was disheartening, the author

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Closer to Jesus

Start Beating the Worry Trap Today! (There is a freebie for you!)

“The Lord does not see us. The Lord has abandoned us” is a declaration of doubting. At the core of this statement is the sin of worry. This one sin sets in motion idolatry. It leads us to worship our ways, not the Lord’s. Fear and impatience prompt us to trust anything other than God. Worry escorts our faith to the grave. And nothing disappoints God as much as this! The Israelites have a history

Read more
Closer to Jesus

Sin is Not Always the Reason for Our Struggles

Sin is not always the reason we experience pain and challenges in our life. Yes, we live in a fallen world, which our sinful nature partakes, but personal troubles come to us by way of many means. Could it be that God is using your tragedy to acclaim His majesty? One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the one about the blind man. In John 9, we see the disciples questioning Jesus, “Rabbi,

Read more
Closer to Jesus

What Does Hesitating to Obey God Cost You?

The angels urged him, “Get up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But Lot hesitated. Have you ever hesitated at first when God calls you to take a step of faith into His purpose for you? How long does it take you to obey Him? What holds you back? We don’t know what caused Lot to hesitate, but we

Read more
Closer to Jesus Marriage Missions Parenting

When the Miracle Doesn’t Happen, What Do We Do?

As she sits at the entrance of the tent, Sarah overhears the conversation between Abraham, her husband, and the three Visitors. Through these guests, the Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son!”   Almost 90 years old, Sarah laughs to herself, “After I have become shriveled up and my husband is old, will I have this delight?” The Visitors asked Abraham,

Read more
Closer to Jesus Missions

“You Were Born for This”

I find no sweeter place on earth than when I’m reading God’s word, listening to one teach/preach about Jesus, and worshiping our Lord in song with His people. The peace I experience in these is unheard of in any other part of my life. I yearn for it. I am frustrated when my time is short inhibiting these moments with the Lord. When this part of my life goes lacking, I feel off. Essentially, I

Read more
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