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Don’t Be Afraid to Start Small

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The Mustard Seed.  [Jesus] said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and…

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I Still Can’t Believe It

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I have this theory which I not-so-brilliantly call the two thirds theory. It’s the idea that whenever I am two thirds of the way through something, I seem to reach my breaking point. Whether it’s painting a room or helping my son through cancer treatment, two thirds of the way through, I can’t see the…

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Rejecting Fear and Choosing Trust

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  I’ve struggled with anxiety all my life. When I was a child, I would lay awake for hours, terrified our house would catch on fire. As I got older, I switched to fearing bad grades. Then I became a mother, and my fear exploded.   Here I was, responsible for these little people who…

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Are Rest and Prayer Really Optional?

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America is about progress – we like to work and buy things. Time for rest and prayer is a luxury that we don’t often indulge. There is too much to do and too little time to do it. We over-commit and exhaust ourselves trying to be everything to everyone. But we can’t keep treating rest and…

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When Vulnerability Strengthens

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  In 2012, when my 2-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia, all our plans for the future were put on the back burner. That baby we were trying to conceive would just have to wait. That house we wanted to build would remain a figment of our imagination.   For nine months, my son’s cancer treatment…

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When Faith Moves Mountains

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  As many of you know from my End of Cancer Treatment post, my son Cooper recently finished his three-year long treatment for leukemia. Our house is celebrating now, but a month ago it was a different story. I was a ball of stress as we prepared for Cooper’s surgery to remove his port and get…

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Testimony Tuesday

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Fear and anxiety have tormented me most of my life. Whether you call it a character flaw or the work of the devil, it is definitely my cross to bear. When I was younger, I worried about our house catching fire. As I got a little older, my fears shifted to tests and bad grades. Then…

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Finding Faith in Failure

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Standing in our church one night after Bible study, surrounded by age-old polished wood and gold accents, I confided in my friend Janet how nervous I was for an upcoming radio interview. It would be broadcast live to thousands and just thinking about it made my heart pound with anxiety. I was so afraid that I…

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Removing the Thorns

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When I was a little girl, I was terrified that our house would catch on fire. I would lay awake for hours, staring at the ceiling, as the hot fear raced through my veins like the fires of my imagination. Over the years, the fear shifted to bad grades and fear of failure, but it…

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