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The Other Side of Your Yes

Originally written for Speak Up Conference Blog. I was reading online the other day that there are over ONE MILLION books published every year. I know this number shouldn’t surprise me, but it does.  It always amazes me when I walk into the bookstore and see rows and rows of…

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Imagination Station

In the book of Proverbs we read, “Where there is no vision, the people  perish.” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV) In other words, if you do not have a vision for your life, your ministry, or your future, you are dying inside. I take a few minutes almost daily in my “Imagination Station,”…

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Go & Do or Wait & See

About a year ago, I was looking for my “next step”, but I could not figure out what it was. It left me frustrated and anxious. Then my mentor asked me, “What do you think God is asking you to do—go and do or wait and see? Sometimes faith means…

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Called to Create

“In the beginning, God created.” The first thing that God reveals about himself is not that he is almighty, powerful, loving or gracious. The first thing He shows us is that He is a creator. Many Christians don’t feel called to their work because they feel it needs to be more…

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A Focus that Fits

Let’s face it, we live in a noisy and chaotic world. Cell phones buzzing every few minutes, family activities pull us in all different directions, and never-ending to-do’s fill up our day—it’s hard to keep up. In today’s fast-paced world, time management is crucial. We hop onto Instagram too quickly…

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Take a Joy Ride

Keep company with the wise, and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined. Proverbs 13:20 (GNT) Is it just me, or are people much grumpier than years ago? As I stood in line at Target last week, I watched some young mother…

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Always on Time

He said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” Mark 5:39 (NASB) In a world full of pain and suffering, it’s hard to find hope, and nearly impossible to expect a miracle. But as I read Mark 5 today, I see…

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Seed. Time. Harvest.

We live in a world of instant gratification. We rush through the drive-thru, we instantly have face-to-face conversations with people on the other side of the world, and within seconds of posting to social media, everyone can see your pictures. Yes, the message today’s culture teaches us that “You don’t…

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Speak Up in 2017 – Abundantly More

 Shawna and Carol had the privilege of being part of the Speak Up Conference in Grand Rapids Michigan. Here are a few of our highlights: Divine appointments, if you aren’t looking for them, you will pass them by. This year when we received the email from Kathy Bruins regarding what…

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