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Growing In The Faith

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“Grow, dear friends, but grow, I beseech you, in God’s way, which is the only true way.”

-Hannah Smith

In Peter’s first epistle, he opens his letter by encouraging us in the living hope that we have in Jesus Christ and the incorruptible inheritance that is reserved in heaven for us.

He reminds us that we are called to live holy lives as a result of the redemption that was purchased for us by the precious blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.

He reminds us that we have been born again of incorruptible seed through the word of God which lives and abides forever.

Because of these things, Peter beseeches us in Chapter 2 that we need to lay aside our former behaviors so that we might grow in the faith.

Today, I am honored to be Guest Posting for A Look at The Book, a wonderful website made up of a group of women taking a hard look at the Bible and sharing what they find. Please join me there as we take a look at 1 Peter 1:2-9. Click here

Shared at Cornerstone ConfessionsA Proverbs 31 WifeTeaching What Is Good, & I Choose Joy!

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Imperfect Me

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I wrote this poem a few years ago after watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ for the first time.

While I was moved more than I can even begin to express by the portrayal of Christ’s incredible sacrifice, I was also struck by Peter’s agony at the cross.

I cannot imagine how distraught he must have been to realize that even after Jesus warned him about what he would do, Peter still denied that he knew Christ. (See Mark 14:29-31 & Luke 22:54-62).

As you read the words below, consider them not only from Peter’s perspective but from ours as well. Continue reading →

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Anticipate Your Movements

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I love my chiropractor!

I have regular aches and pains that bring me to his office where he is always quick to fix me so that I can get back to living my life.

When I am really bad off, he sends me away with these words:

“Anticipate your movements for the rest of the day.” Continue reading →

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“The Best Mashed Potatoes I’ve Ever Had”

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When my nephew, who was 15 at the time, was staying with us, I made these mashed potatoes for dinner one evening. They got their name when he enthusiastically exclaimed, “These are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.”

From then on, I couldn’t make enough of these to keep that boy content! Continue reading →

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The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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This bread recipe will change your life!

We’ll maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it will certainly transform your bread making experience.

If you’re a beginner, this is the perfect place to start.

If you enjoy homemade bread but you’re short on time, this is the recipe for you.

It’s simple, quick, and requires no kneading. It uses only 4 ingredients and it can be made with 100% whole wheat flour, all white flour, or a combination of both. Continue reading →

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The Gift

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Have you ever been given a gift that has profoundly changed your life?

A gift so generous, appreciated, and unexpected that nothing will ever be the same as a result?

A gift that makes you wonder what you could have possibly done to deserve it?

A gift that you wish you could somehow repay but you know is impossible?

A gift of such value that there just aren’t words to express your gratitude? Continue reading →

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The Gift of Time

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When he takes the time to read your book because he’s your Pastor and he wants to encourage you in your ministry.

When he spends hours working on your blog even though he is trying to keep his business afloat because he’s your husband and he believes in your message and because he loves you.

When he flies across several states to visit you and your family even though it’s expensive and he has to take time off of work because he is your daddy and he loves you.

When he asks if you have time to play your favorite games with him because he is your teenage son and he still loves spending time with you because you’re his mom. Continue reading →

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How To Develop Family Unity Under God

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Today, I am deeply honored to have Jaime Buckley of Wanted Hero sharing his heart for God and family with us. He requires no introduction as his words of wisdom speak to his character. Please give him a very warm welcome and spend some time on his site. I promise you’ll be blessed.  ~Heather

 

I’d like to do something different today.

With your permission, I’d like to step away from popular blogging practice, from some of its etiquette…and speak straight from the heart.

I know it’s important to have subjects which are “evergreen,” so as to be timeless for readers, and this subject certainly is timeless…but I’d like to refrain from using “you” as my focus.

The reasoning for this is simply that the subject of faith and religion is a personal one. My heart is beating furiously as I type these words, because I feel this is an honor and a burden to share ‘just enough’ or ‘just the right’ views. To make sure I stay true to my own beliefs, while having great respect and tender love for your own.

It’s a very real emotional balance for me, because you—even though I have not met you—matter to me. Continue reading →

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A Letter To My Daddy On His Birthday

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Dear Daddy,

This birthday marks a milestone for you.

I’m sure you’re looking back over the years and taking stock of the life you’ve lived.

I imagine you thinking forward to what lies ahead of you.

But I hope you’ll take a moment to look at where you are. Right now.

To think about who you have allowed God to help you become. Because I really, really love that man, and I thank God each and every day for the work He’s done in your life.

Continue reading →

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The Heart Behind Our Words

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We all know that using our words with care is a very important aspect of communication in our relationships.

I talked about that in this post: 9 Ways to Speak (or not) Love Into Your Marriage.

In fact, Scripture teaches us that they have the power of life and death.

We must use them with great care.

In my marriage, I have learned that we must also perceive the words of others cautiously. Continue reading →

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Simple {Two Ingredient} Coconut Chocolates

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Most of us are trying to watch our weight by eating a little healthier. But let’s be honest, we all need a little chocolate now and then. Tell me I’m not alone here.

I have found that it usually takes just a bite or two (or three or four!) to satisfy my sweet tooth and my chocolate craving. So when I found myself in my kitchen with a package of dark chocolate chips and a bag of sweetened coconut, you know I was thinking of a Mound’s bar.

I did an online search and sure enough, there are many recipes for making the homemade candy yourself. They all called for ingredients that I didn’t have on hand, though. I knew there needed to be an easier way.

I thought an experiment was in order. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate chips and coconut? Continue reading →

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Heart Don’t Fail Me!

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“Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~Hebrews 4:16

My first assignment as a first sergeant was on Johnson Atoll, a small strip of “rock” located about half way between the Marshall Islands and the Hawaiian Islands. It is about two and half miles long and about three-quarters of a mile wide. At the time, the Army had a unit of about three hundred personnel assigned there to safeguard and maintain a stockpile of toxic chemical munitions.

The day I arrived, the company commander was off-island and wouldn’t be back for a week or so. I learned that it was his custom to take the entire unit on an “island run” upon his return. Continue reading →

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A Letter To The Lonely On Valentine’s Day

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snow-heartDear Lonely Heart,

I know this is the loneliest day of the year for you.

Your co-workers’ desks are littered with chocolate wrappers and every time a flower delivery comes through the door, your heart hurts just a little because you know that bouquet isn’t for you.

You know that you will spend the evening eating take-out with your only company being the latest sitcom and your lazy cat.

You dread going to work on Monday knowing that you will be regaled with tales of how the lovebirds in the office spent their romantic evenings.

While the rest of the world celebrates the loves of their lives, you feel so utterly alone. Continue reading →

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Simple Baked Chicken Wontons

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Every year on their birthdays, I ask my family what their requested meals are for their special day.

My oldest son always puts this one on his birthday menu.

This is a delicious, inexpensive, and simple appetizer, snack, or lunch. He and I both hope you’ll give these a try.

This recipe lends itself well to using leftover meat or veggies. I’ll tell you how I make them, but feel free to experiment with what you have on hand. Continue reading →

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From Walking to Standing {The Walking Series – Part 4}

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I hope that you have been able to read the first 3 installments of this series. If not, you can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.

We have been discussing themes such as walking worthy of our calling, how a new life demands a new lifestyle, and Biblical traits such as unity, love, wisdom, and godly submission.

As we conclude this series with Ephesians Chapter 6, we move from an action of walking to that of standing. (To read Ephesians Chapter 6 in its entirety, click here.)

I almost ended this series with the conclusion of Ephesians Chapter 5 because Chapter 6 doesn’t even use the word walk. Instead, the message is that of standing. I think this is important because how we stand in Christ will affect how we walk in Christ. Continue reading →

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Walking In Love, Light, & Wisdom {The Walking Series – Part 3}

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Welcome to the 3rd installment of The Walking Series. If you’re just joining us, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

So far, we have discussed the idea that we need to walk worthy of our calling. If we are to be salt and light in this world, we need to know what that looks like in a practical sense.

We have looked at the truths of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ with respect to our position with God and how we can impact the world for Christ as a result. (Ephesians Chapters 1-3)

We have considered putting off the old man, putting on the new man, renewing our minds, and my Pastor’s thoughts that “a new life demands a new lifestyle”.

We have examined Biblical behaviors such as kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness for the growth and edification of the body of Christ. (Ephesians Chapter 4)

Today, we continue walking through the book of Ephesians in Chapter 5 which begins with a reminder that we should be imitators of Christ by walking in love in the same way that He has “loved us and given Himself for us”. Continue reading →

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A New Lifestyle {The Walking Series – Part 2}

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red-shoes2I recently posted an introduction to this The Walking Series. If you missed my post, How Then Should We Walk?, you can click here to read it. Go ahead, we’ll wait for ya.

Welcome back! Today, we are going to continue with Ephesians Chapter 4. (Click here to read it in its entirety.)

We left off last time with verses 1-3 where we looked at walking worthy of our calling “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

We were encouraged with the reminder that God is the one who does the work in us. We simply need to be a willing vessel for the power of the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. (Phil. 1:6) Continue reading →

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How Then Should We Walk? {The Walking Series Intro}

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Our Pastor recently finished preaching through the book of Ephesians. As I listened, the idea of our Christian walks was at the forefront, especially during Chapters 4-6. I felt compelled to do a series on walking because we so often hear about the need to “walk our talk.”

Jesus said that we believers are light and salt to the world. (Matthew 5:13-16) How can we be a Christ-like example to the world if we do not know in what manner we are to walk?

That is what I would like us to look at during this series. Would you join me? Continue reading →

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One-Bowl {Healthier} Chocolate Cupcakes

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As you probably already know, I love one-bowl baking recipes. Less mess means more time for eating cupcakes!

I also love a healthier dessert. Again, more cupcakes!

I make these with pumpkin, squash, or applesauce, depending on what I have on hand. These additions add moisture and some health benefits like vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.

In other words, they help me justify eating a chocolate cupcake! (or 3) Continue reading →

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3 Things God Is Promising Us This Year

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“Things work best in our lives when they start with God and then we follow” –Louie Giglio

Every December 31 or January 1, my family and I watch Louie Giglio’s New Year.

We love being reminded each January that while a fresh New Year of opportunities and possibilities lies ahead, it would behoove us to begin from a place where God and His will are paramount in our plans. Continue reading →

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