Grace and Truth {August 19}

Grace and Truth {August 19}

This week's featured post for Grace and Truth is by Elizabeth Garn.  It's called, Small Steps of Ordinary Obedience.  When we’re walking in obedience to God, one small step at a time, there’s no better place to be. We need to trust that God knows what he’s doing.  Elizabeth explains this idea beautifully.  I hope you'll click over, be encouraged by her words, and say hello.  

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Drea's Dream: How Dance Makes a Difference

Drea's Dream:  How Dance Makes a Difference

When I was two I had chickenpox.  It’s one of my earliest memories.  I’m told I had a bad case of it (I still have the scars) but I don’t remember the itching.  What I do remember was watching Dorothy Hamill on TV as she twirled and leaped through the air, dancing on ice.  Dorothy’s sparkly dress was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.  Covered in pink Calamine lotion, I jumped and spun around the living room of our little house in Spokane, trying to be just like her.  Watching TV was a rare treat, but with the chickenpox, the rules went out the window.  Then, things got even better.  Feeling sorry for me, my mom gave me my first Barbie doll.  This Barbie was a ballerina.  I could stick her foot in a special stand and make her spin around.  I hadn’t watched ballet yet, so I made my doll do figure skating moves…mostly spinning.  I loved that doll. 

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Grace and Truth {August 5}

Grace and Truth {August 5}

I want to do the right thing.  I want to please God. But sometimes I go about it the wrong way. Too often, I forget to go to God first for direction in my life. I know there's a better way, but I need a good reminder now and then.  This week's featured post for Grace and Truth is called, Stop and Listen to the Director of Your Life, by Deb Wolf of Counting My Blessings. In this post, Deb describes a dream that taught her something important about seeking God's direction for her life. I loved this post.  The vivid word picture that she paints is one that I know will stay in my memory, helping remind me of an important truth.  I hope you'll go say hello, read Deb's post, and be encouraged!

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The Four Most Powerful Words for Overcoming Fear

The Four Most Powerful Words for Overcoming Fear

It wasn’t a particularly useful skill, but it was something that I loved doing.  It was my “claim to fame” as a kid, my one impressive trick.  For a while, I was good at diving.  I had a friend, Carrie, who did back flips off the diving board like it was the easiest thing in the world.  One summer day, between fourth and fifth grade, I asked her to teach me how to do what she did. 

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When Your Teen is Struggling With Their Faith

When Your Teen is Struggling With Their Faith

“If our kids never struggle with their faith, they will have borrowed convictions.” –Josh McDowell

I was raised in a Christian home. My mom was a children’s pastor.  I felt like I was always at church.  But when I got to high school, I started having doubts about my faith.  I was no longer interested in taking everything my parents said at face value.  I had to figure it out for myself.  More importantly, I needed the Holy Spirit to help me…to change my heart.  I could no longer rely on my parent’s faith.  It had to be my own.

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Grace and Truth {July 22}

Grace and Truth {July 22}

This week's featured post for Grace and Truth is by Horace Williams of Pleasing to the Potter.  It's called. Stand Strong in Your Faith in the Midst of Suffering.  It's a familiar question.  Why does God allow suffering?  Recent events in the news have a lot of people thinking and talking about the topic of suffering.  Horace has the perspective of someone who has suffered deeply.  He had a stroke a few years ago.  That experience brought Horace closer to God and it has served in many ways to bring God glory.   Horace writes with wisdom and sensitivity about this difficult subject.  I really appreciated the post that he shared last week.  I hope you'll go say hello and be encouraged by what Horace has to share

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