The Purpose of Living

The Purpose of Living

How are you living your life? Are you aware of your overall purpose here on earth? At least, I hope you know you are not an accident. There is a reason why you were born. God created you and has called you to live at this exact time in history. Sadly, too many people live their lives these days like their sole purpose in life would be to entertain themselves. But entertainment is not the purpose of living. It’s far…

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Praise Your Way Through Storms

Praise Your Way Through Storms

Storms are inevitable in life. So one of the most important life skills is to learn to handle those storms. Storms are also, maybe even especially, inevitable in Christian’s lives. In fact, I think it is a faith skill to learn to handle storms. I believe we can handle anything with faith. Without faith, we are lost in the storms of life. With faith, we are secure in Christ no matter what happens and no matter how devastating the storm…

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Do Not Forget the Joy of the Lord

Do Not Forget the Joy of the Lord

Do not forget the joy of the Lord. Really. It has been given to you as a gift and it is meant to be used. Hence do not forget to take it with you wherever you go. If you tend to forget the joy in the midst of everyday chaos, write down reminders to save your day. Because the joy of the Lord makes your day. Every day and always. So don’t forget the joy of the Lord. It makes…

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Dare to Share

Dare to Share

Sometimes we don’t want to share because we are afraid of not having enough left to ourselves. Does this sound familiar? We might not even realize it but our instinct is to look merely out for our personal interests. Not much sharing then. And when we do not share, we are not fully living. Because life is about compassion and caring not about cumulating stuff and resources. Dare to share. Because we are called to do so. Therefore if there is any…

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The Sweetest Place on Earth

The Sweetest Place on Earth

Are you aware of a place where you can be restored, renewed, and recharged? We all need such places in our lives. Our lives are so hectic these days that we need places where we can rest and rejuvenate. Even more important is to know a place where we can be spiritually restored, renewed, and recharged. And we should know how to get into that place whenever we feel like it. Do you know how to get to the sweetest…

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How to Reach Your Full Potential

How to Reach Your Full Potential

Most people seem to think it’s up to them to reach their full potential. They think it’s about will-power and dedication and, yes, those are good qualities. Yet life, success, and reaching your full potential is not at the end about you. And even if you would do everything in your power to reach your full potential, you would still have not reached all you can be. Because just as some parts of our identity is hidden in Christ, so…

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Open Your Hands to Receive

Open Your Hands to Receive

Today I was reminded of opening my hands to receive what God has for me. It shocked me a bit because I had thought I was open for God to move freely in and through my life. But I was reminded to empty and open my hands to receive. So I must have had something in them to keep me from being open-handed. That got me thinking: what kind of things do we keep in our hands even without noticing…

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Graciously Imperfect

Graciously Imperfect

Completing something feels great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, we don’t get to feel that too often. Life is full of incomplete things and unfinished business. And, what is the most annoying thing, we aren’t finished products either. If we don’t want to always be unsatisfied at some level, we need to learn to embrace our imperfectness. Because as long as we pretend we are already perfect and complete, we are not learning and growing. Instead, we are merely existing. But when…

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Grace Is God’s Power for Us

Grace Is God’s Power for Us

Are you struggling with life? Or are you at the end of your rope? I have good news for you. First of all, you are loved. And, second of all, God wants to help you. I know, it is a bit astonishing. But God did not send Jesus to save you and then leave you to manage on your own. The Holy Spirit is here to help us out. We just need to ask for help. This is not an…

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How to Be in Awe of Jesus Today

How to Be in Awe of Jesus Today

Don’t you just love reading how people flocked to Jesus? How they were in awe of him. Jesus certainly wasn’t a crowd-pleaser but his message and actions were so life-giving and profound that people were astonished. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be one in the crowds hearing Jesus teaching, to be wowed by his life-changing message? Yes, it would. It’d be wonderful to be in awe of Jesus today. Is it still possible? Great crowds came to him, bringing with…

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