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03/01/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
I admit that sometimes I live as if my precious moments aren’t valuable. I take people for granted. I disengage as I scroll through social media, while real live people whom I love are nearby. I pile on work and activities, promising to spend time with those I love on another day.

It’s so tempting to value what has no lasting value at all and overlook what we’ll one day label a treasure.

My...
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03/01/2017 at 13:57. Facebook
Why can’t it all be about me?

If we’re honest, longing to be noticed, heard and appreciated often overrides our longing to notice, hear and appreciate the people around us.

But once we start loving others the way Jesus asks us to, we begin to see just how much better life can be when it’s not “all about me.”

Are you ready to accept a life-changing challenge?

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03/01/2017 at 08:26. Facebook
“You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.” Psalm 39:5 (NIV) We snuck the old 8 mm movie cylinders out of the home. The box was broken down on one corner, and the blue cases […]

Engaging in My Own Life

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Maybe you’ve heard countless sermons about grace. Or even read books about grace. But my prayer is that you’ll see this word again for the first time. I tend to think grace is best and most fully understood not by way of explanation alone, but through experience. Otherwise, it really doesn’t have much effect.

I’ve sat through several seminary classes on the subject of grace. I’ve memorized...
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“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God.” Hebrews 12:15a (NIV) How difficult is it to push a button on the dishwasher? My vote is “not very,” but that isn’t the point. What made the whole thing ironic is that I was in the middle of writing a sermon on […]

Grace is Greater

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It’s a blessing to know God can do all things. But when God chooses not to do something I desperately want Him to do, that same blessing stings.

It’s not that I want to live a completely peachy life without struggles. It’s just that I want to be able to walk through a struggle, understand the good from it, label my lesson and pack it away.

But what do we do with those lingering struggles...
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Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/27/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
The next time a situation seems to be escalating too fast for you to think and process clearly, stop. Be honest. Be kind, yet direct. Take time to consult God before responding to people. We can save ourselves a heap of heartache and regret if only we’d learn to lie down until the morning.

Father, please help me weigh my words carefully. Allow me to have wise, tender and patient responses in...
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02/27/2017 at 08:14. Facebook
“Lie down until the morning.” Ruth 3:13b (ESV) You know that moment when one thing led to another, things were kind of a blur, and it all happened so fast? Maybe there was an argument where you said something harsh “in the moment” instead of thinking through your response. Or perhaps you signed up f

It All Happened So Fast

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Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/26/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
Relationships change.
Jobs change.
People change.
The only thing that has ever been and ever will be constant in our lives is found in Jesus.
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02/25/2017 at 23:00. Facebook
In times of trouble and doubt, it's easy to feel like you're left gasping for air... desperate, hopeless and tired.

But Jesus wants to speak directly to you as you draw near to Him in these heartbreaking moments. Who He is assures us of what He promises — which means we can live fully satisfied in Him, even when we're hurting.

This wooden "I AM" cross is a beautiful reminder that Jesus is...
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02/25/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
Nothing in this world could ever come close to the fulfillment found in the Father.
In Him we have all we need.
In Him, love never runs dry.
In Him, the desires of the world quickly fade away.
Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/25/2017 at 02:00. Facebook
Dare to set a guard at your lips and feel the power! Live with relief not regret.
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Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/24/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
Lord, You have taught me to value others’ feelings while trusting You to take care of my own. Yet, sometimes, I get lost inside my own emotional needs and expect others to deposit the understanding and love that only You can provide. Faithfully, Your presence and love gives rest and peace to my most troubled thoughts. May I always treasure Your teachings above all else.
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Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/24/2017 at 08:37. Facebook
“The Instruction you’ve given to me is better than thousands of pieces of gold and silver!” Psalm 119:72 (CEB) I hate to admit it, but I was a bank thief. Yup. I walked into the bank and robbed the teller assisting me. Perhaps I should explain. I went to the bank to cash three small […]

Stop! Thief!

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Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/23/2017 at 23:00. Facebook
In times of trouble and doubt, it's easy to feel like you're left gasping for air... desperate, hopeless and tired.

But Jesus wants to speak directly to you as you draw near to Him in these heartbreaking moments. Who He is assures us of what He promises — which means we can live fully satisfied in Him, even when we're hurting.

Bring this "Draw Near" wristlet wherever you go to remind you of...
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02/23/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
Does it ever feel like the heartbreak in your life is trying to break you?

I understand. I really, really do. I’ve been in that place where the pain of heartbreak hits with such sudden and sharp force that it feels like it cuts through skin and bone. It’s the kind of pain that leaves us wondering if we’ll ever be able to function like a normal person again.

But God has been tenderly...
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02/23/2017 at 08:38. Facebook
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a (NKJV) Does it ever feel like the heartbreak in your life is trying to break you? I understand. I really, really do. I’ve been in that place where the pain of heartbreak hits with such sudden and sharp force that it feels […]

Pressing Through the Pain

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Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/23/2017 at 02:00. Facebook
What do you do while you wait on God?

In seasons of waiting, I’ve wanted to just sit still until God begins to work. But a lesson tucked in Genesis15 reframed how I wait on God.

The Lord had called Abram to bring an animal sacrifice to the Lord. And while he waits, vultures come to pick at Abram’s offering. Can you imagine his frustration? Maybe you don’t have to imagine.

Are vultures...
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Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/22/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
Sometimes our longings remain unfulfilled longer than we would like — even up to heaven’s gates. But when we take those longings to God and let them birth within us a humble desire for His response, His comfort and His presence, He heals our fractured faith.

What is it your longing for today? Physical or emotional restoration? Someone to love? A bigger family? A friend? A new...
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Proverbs 31 Ministries
02/22/2017 at 08:36. Facebook
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 (NIV) Our daughter and son-in-law could not have children. After years of testing, prodding, probing and prayers, the doctor concluded that without a special procedure, they only had a 5 percent probabili

What Should I Do with My Unfulfilled Longings?

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