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When Joy Is Hijacked, a Psalm Uncovers Our Excuses

Why do we make room for our joy to be hijacked by the cruelty of this world?

Psalm 103, verses 1 through 6 proclaim that we bless the Lord’s name. It admonishes us to remember all his benefits: the forgiveness of our iniquities, the healing of our diseases, the redemption of our life from destruction, the crowning of our heads with loving-kindness and tender mercies. The Lord is enough to satisfy my mouth with good things and my youth has been renewed like the eagle’s.

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When the Little Guy Overcomes Failure

How hurts are but for a moment

It hurts at times when you see your little guy fail on the football field. He eats dust but gets back up to line up again. He is thrown the football and suddenly, he holds on to it like gold and he runs, that little guy everyone sees speed through the defensive wall closing in on him. It’s amazing, these two legs, lower on the ground than the other kids, sprinting to the end zone to victory.

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Book Review: A Pocketful of Seeds by Debbie Johnson

BOOK REVIEW

A positive new book, A Pocketful of Seeds, gathers 12 months’ worth of seed-sowing actions for each day of the year. Some seek answers; some are creative; some ask reflective questions; almost all of them calls to action. They are short opportunities to make an impact and draw out a better world by fostering an attentiveness to connect with others through love, kindness, and service.

 

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Why Creativity Without God is Futile

Direction before launching into a new creative project

Here is another post referencing my takeaways from the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference at Biola University in La Mirada.

 

What if God gave us our unique gifting to get to know Him? This question is one that is not asked enough. Allen Arnold of Ransomed Heart Ministries beseeches creatives in the Lord to include God in all we do. His book, The Story of With: A Better Way to Live, Love, & Create, describes in very profound ways the transformative messages anchored in identity, creativity, and intimacy with God.

 

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Envy’s Warfare and Casualties

Envy is the crafty device the enemy uses to derail the Christian’s heart

Envy is a little-known evil that many are afraid to learn more about. I listened to a podcast recently on the topic and wanted to share some of the notes, reflections, and takeaways I got from the unpacking of this soul-shuddering topic. You can listen to the four-part series on the Ransomed Heart Ministries website here. I’m only covering Part 1 here but I look forward to what follows.

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