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Author: Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith

Your Value Is in Christ – not in Motherhood or Work or Success

Your Value Is in Christ – not in Motherhood or Work or Success

As we are approaching Mothers’ Day I want to remind all of us that our worth is not based on whether we have children or not. Our value comes from the Lord and it is constant and non-negotiable. It does not increase if we have children and it does not decrease if we don’t have. Just like your identity, also your value is in Christ, not in motherhood or work or success or even relationship status. But to all who…

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Listening to the Heartbeat of God

Listening to the Heartbeat of God

The most life-giving habit of mine is to sit in God’s presence in the morning. You could call it prayer but then you’d have to use the word in the broadest sense of the word. It also includes Bible-reading, some meditation on the Word, listening to the heartbeat of God, and breathing in the Holy Spirit In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;In the morning I will prepare [a prayer and a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait…

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Delights in Impossibilities

Delights in Impossibilities

We love opportunities because they represent hope, right? And that’s why when a window of opportunity closes, we start to panic as despair starts to take hold of us. But losing an opportunity is not the end of the world. It might feel that way but it’s not true. We need to remember we have – as Billy Sunday has put it – a God who delights in impossibilities. And with him anything is possible. Jesus looked at them and…

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How to Integrate Resurrection into Our Lives

How to Integrate Resurrection into Our Lives

I love spring and the joy of Easter season. I think all Christians do. But how could we bring this joy, this power into our everyday life? So that we could continue to live joyfully and freely as we are meant to do. This is the million dollar question. How can we integrate resurrection into our lives? Even though too many still think so, salvation is not just about getting into heaven. With the words of Randy Clark: “Jesus died…

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Touched by the Living God

Touched by the Living God

For a few days now I’ve been marveling how God breathed life into us, how we became living beings. Isn’t it incredible God gave us his very own breath? That was the first time we were touched by the Living God. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:9, NIV) But God was not finished with us even when we chose to disobey. He wanted…

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Deeper into Hope and Joy

Deeper into Hope and Joy

How was your Easter weekend? Does the resurrection of Jesus have any effect on you today? I hope so. Because it changed everything. The new normal invites us deeper into hope and joy. How do you respond? That is the question, my friend. Day in, day out. Resurrection joy and power are real and at our service as God’s children. Nothing is the same anymore. Does it matter to us that Jesus is alive and well? Do we let God…

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The Eternal Perspective

The Eternal Perspective

How do you feel about the events of Good Friday? They’d be much harder to take if we did not know what happens next, right? Because we know the death of Jesus is not the end, we can take it. This is how the eternal perspective works. It brings life in the midst of death. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in…

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Blessings of Foot Washing

Blessings of Foot Washing

As Maundy Thursday approaches I’ve been pondering on blessings of foot washing. Why did Jesus wash his disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17) and how would I react to it? Would I be like Peter? First not wanting to allow Jesus to do what he wanted to do and then wanting him to wash more than necessary? I’ve always related to Peter very easily so I assume I’d be like him. Have you ever had your feet (or hands) washed as part…

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Ways Grace Gets In Us

Ways Grace Gets In Us

Sometimes we think that our lack of certain qualities would bar us from God’s love and acceptance. But we could not be further from the truth. Really. We might even be embarrassed by our faults yet they are ways grace gets in us. Yes, that’s right. Because we need and want Christ, we get grace upon grace. And because we are broken, God’s light gets in us. In that sense, our faults pave away for grace to come. When we…

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Temporary Setbacks

Temporary Setbacks

A cold snap, anyone? When your heart is ready for daffodils and coffee on a terrace and then spring suddenly retreats and winter comes back with a force. Sigh. And it’s not any better to get other kinds of setbacks in life. But they are part of life so we need to get used to temporary setbacks. Because they are inevitable and literally temporary. The God of all grace is at work behind the scenes. And after you have suffered a…

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