Facing Problems and Pressure with Bright Hope

Facing Problems and Pressure with Bright Hope

My dad had this white coffee mug. I remember staring at it during breakfast when I was young.

On the front of the glossy white ceramic was a cartoon drawing of a plump elephant, lying on his tummy. On the elephant’s back, on his head, on his trunk, and around him stood colorful turkeys, who somehow managed to look clueless and pleased with themselves at the same time.

Underneath this silly scene was the advice,

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Facets of Grace

Facets of Grace

God's grace shows up in our lives in so many beautiful ways. The glorious riches He has given us in Christ take a lifetime to uncover and explore!

Here are a few facets of this treasure to encourage you in today's faith adventure.

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You might be flourishing already

You might be flourishing already

What does it mean to flourish in the Christian life?

Is it a season where things go exactly right? Or a moment you feel completely happy, healthy, and whole?

You and I both know things rarely go “exactly right.” And healing and growth are a journey – not a fixed point in time.

So, how do we flourish?

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Who are you really

Who are you really

Most people are desensitized to the unofficial American greeting. "Who are you and what do you do?" is just a social nicety we expect.

We're even programmed to answer with short, clear phrases:

"I'm Jodi, home health care nurse."
"Katherine, divorced mom of one."
"It's Emily, blogger and church volunteer."

These post-comma words give us a feeling of security. They let us categorize an identity quickly and easily: "This is me in a nutshell."

But our short answers are never the whole story, are they?

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What’s New with You (an Easter letter)

What’s New with You (an Easter letter)

Dear Friend,

Happy Easter!

There’s a lot of talk of brokenness out there. Just crack the latest Christian book, turn on the radio, or stream a sermon. Recently in a prayer meeting, some Christian women I was with were discussing what a mess and how broken they are. The other women were nodding and “hmmm-ing” in agreement.

It sounds so godly, so humble.

But every time I hear this, I almost come out of my seat.

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