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Author: Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith

Live Your Life by Faith

Live Your Life by Faith

I love knowing God knew me before I was born. He knows me thoroughly because he made me. None of us is alive by accident. We are alive because God called us into being. Just think about it! You are God’s beloved child and your life has a meaning – and purpose. So lift your head high and rejoice. Live your life by faith. Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the…

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God Is Greater than Your Mistakes

God Is Greater than Your Mistakes

I don’t know about you but for a long time I was afraid I could mess up God’s plans for me. The fear was real and it somewhat paralyzed my decisionmaking process. But blessedly, God did not leave me to live in fear. He reminded me of his awesomeness. So I am happy to tell you God is greater than your mistakes. God’s will is not dependent on us. With the words of Lysa TerKeurst “God’s promises are not dependent…

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Forward in Faith

Forward in Faith

We live in uncertain times for sure. It’s hard to plan but we can’t stop living. So we need to move forward in faith. Sure, it’s easier said than done but it is possible. It all starts with prayer. Always with prayer. And it continues with prayer. Always with prayer. You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking…

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Godly wisdom

Godly wisdom

Lately, certain Bible verses have become my prayers. Somehow each of these verses encapsulates so well what my heart has been trying to pray for. Thankfully, God hears even our groans. But it is a blessing to find words for the desires of our hearts. So this week I’ve been praying for godly wisdom with the words of James: But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to…

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Have You Heard? Trouble Is Normal

Have You Heard? Trouble Is Normal

COVID-19 has certainly revamped our lives, hasn’t it? The new normal has been challenging for sure but nonetheless we have prevailed, right? So many of us pray daily that this pandemic would end so we could go back to trouble-free existence. But I have news for you. Trouble is normal in life, there is no such thing as trouble-free existence. Actually, Jesus promised us troubles and some of us wish he hadn’t done it. Jesus told us that in the…

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Give Me More of Your Spirit

Give Me More of Your Spirit

As you know I keep reading and rereading the Bible over and over again. I change translations and start anew. Every time the reading experience is a bit different, it really is the Living Word. I read God and God reads me. It’s our time together. Oftentimes a verse or a passage stays with me for the day or more. This time a verse has stayed with me since last week. I’ve read the verse many times before and I…

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Time to Refrain from Embracing

Time to Refrain from Embracing

I have loved Ecceleciastes ever since my teenage years. There was something that captured my heart even though I could not pinpoint what it exactly was. Nonetheless, I appreciated the call to embrace life fully with God. But I would have never guessed it would help me to cope with COVID-19. Yet it does by stating there is a time to refrain from embracing, time for social distancing. There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the…

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This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

This is just a sweet, little note to encourage you in the middle of your hardships. Believe me, this too shall pass. It might not feel like it and even not look like it but it’s true. Even the Bible tells us so: Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. (Isaiah 9:1, NLT,*) If we keep on seeking God and turning to him, this time of darkness will turn into light. This will not go…

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Pruning Is Grace

Pruning Is Grace

Pruning seems to have very negative connotations so we tend to avoid it, right? Maybe occasional pruning is tolerable but as a way of life? No way. Yet I have started to change my mind about pruning. It has to do with reading John 15 again and again. Only dead branches are removed, the rest are cleansed. So pruning isn’t a punishment after all. Instead, pruning is grace. It’s a blessing. How come? “I am the true Vine, and My…

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Drinking from the Well of Life

Drinking from the Well of Life

During my morning prayer time, I felt strongly God wanted to remind me (and you) he is the Living Water, the source of all the good things, and the spring of life eternal. They are all fantastic things, huge gifts of God to us. He is the provider, we are always the receivers. We just need to abide in him, continually, to keep on receiving. A few hours later, I came across this quote by Gloria Copeland and I realized…

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