Expectations

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What You Feel is Not What You Believe

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Dear God, I feel so many things. Help me to choose the things I believe.   I feel inadequate. I believe that I have the power of Christ. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions,…

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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By Christy Kirtlan I’ve never been a fashionista…I know that’s hard for some of you to imagine, but it’s true. I was a tomboy as a kid and I had to live up to my brother’s standards, so I was a tough tomboy. The bad news for this tomboy was I grew up at the time when girls still had to wear dresses to school. I did it. Reluctantly. With shorts under my dress, but I did it. Because of…

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Needs, Wants or Desires?

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Is it just me, or do you struggle with what is really a need? Many times what we think is a need is really a desire or a want. How do we balance those and especially in our family? My devotion recently spoke to this and I would like to share it with you today. It is taken from New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. If you put too many things in your need category, you will end up…

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The Weight of Holding a Confidence

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By Patti Johnson The phone rings at the home of a pastor. Besides the usual collection of calls it might be about, there is an added category that most households do not experience. It is one of a confidence that you did not know was coming. You may know the person well, or it may be only a name you are familiar with from the church attendance roles. It may even be a relative or friend of someone you do…

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Someone Please Pray for Me

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By Patti Johnson I remember the afternoon over 20 years ago like it was just yesterday. Our extended family had gathered at our house for a family dinner. While most of us were in the kitchen catching up and preparing for the meal we would share, the youngest of our three children was in the living room on the couch. We noticed she had been quieter than her usual energy-filled 4-year-old self but had not determined any more than that….

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