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Is It In You?

I’d like to take a moment to breathe with all the strivers. All the stressed-out comparers who fight with themselves and battle their weaknesses and wake up feeling like a failure. I’d like to admit that I’m just like that. Just the way God intended. That we not “have it all, “ or even “do [...]

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Happy New You!

One of my all-time favorite, wrap-it-up verses I like to wear on MTG creations is the oh-so-true 2 Cor. 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! Isn’t it exhilirating to know that all situations are in a state of renewal…held in the [...]

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Merry Mary Christmas.

Every year the same phenomenon. Proof that perfecting our faith is a long and patient process. Annually, we join in the remembrance of a miracle so vastly inconceivable that only faith can direct your heart to share it, believe it, draw life from it. Actually, the joy of Christmas is a forever thing — not [...]

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Do You Want To Be Free?

There’s possibility beyond description in the shared observations of a faithful believer. You know, those things they’ve noticed that have so uplifted them — it just bubbles over abundantly to others? In a recent string of studies at Hope Church, I’ve come to realize that’s exactly why there are so many “one another” lessons in [...]

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Whose Plan Controls You?

Here I sit relinquishing control. Again. And again. If you’re anything like me, a believer, mom, wife, friend, neighbor, and on and on…you’ve found that life is a relentless series of “humblings.” Each time I think something “runs smoothly,” God in His infinite wisdom removes that responsibility as well from my personal list of accomplishments. [...]

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Look Up. Lift Off. Let Go.

Driving down the road yesterday with my personal bundle of worries wrapped heavily around my shoulders, I thanked God, as we can at any moment, for His breakthrough presence. Oppressively muggy and gray for several days, joined by an eerily awesome chorus of 17-year cicadas, my heart was heavy with “how much time” and “what [...]

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You Were Made To Glorify.

Scripture explains that God thought of you. He formed, purposed, equipped and applied you into an everlasting, divine love story about life, freedom, grace, redemption and renewal. He is in charge, and He is love. As the ultimate sacrifice, He sent Himself, clothed in flesh, as the Son of Man to share our trials here. [...]

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Happy Renewing Year.

Life is a process. As years add up, we may find that when each new one rolls around, we’re less and less likely to “make resolutions.” I’ve heard it said about diets. They shouldn’t be taken on temporarily. Instead of saying, I’m going on a diet this year; we are encouraged (by those who know [...]

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At the heart of Christmas.

Mingled like a thread of twisted tinsel amidst many other savored, pure and satisfying Christmas memories, returns that familiar, yet intangible quest. The slightly scattered suspicion in the midst of the now-traditional hustle and bustle of the Christmas season: that overstuffed calendars and “gift-giving” was possibly not what God intended to occupy our vision in [...]

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Yes, Resting is Biblical.

God knows we need rest. He invented it. In the beginning (Genesis 2:2), even God set the example, by resting from his work. In the verse that follows, he proclaims that rest time holy. Holy. Have you ever been afraid to rest, for fear you’d find God waiting there? Have you ever made such a [...]

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Following The Leader.

As the longer days of summer roll out for our children, bringing empty spots on the calendar, invitations to stay outdoors late into the night, and indescribable thunder…I’m reminded in the sweetest of ways that God needs my leadership, however feeble it is at times. Within a week of “thank-goodness-for-the-break,” the quiet, slower-paced veneer of [...]

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Running to Glorify!

Running to Glorify!

What does it mean to glorify God? Honestly, it means something very personal, and quite likely uniquely different to every believer. Which is beautiful proof He crafted each of our hearts with immense creativity. When you acknowledge the gift of life, grace and redemption from the one, true, almighty Creator God, share His messages, and [...]

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Personalized Christian jewelry tells the truth.

Jesus is not mere legend. He lived among us. Conquered death among us. Speaking words into our lives that when accepted — seal promises in our souls forever. His teachings are part of God’s true story. You are part of God’s true story. And every Word from within the Bible that speaks to you personally [...]

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Scripture necklace is sweet perspective.

I wonder sometimes if the reason God led me after all these years to design the Honey from Rock necklace is because decades ago I identified with Winnie the Pooh. Maybe you did, too, or maybe your childhood muse is some entirely different sort. Overstuffed with good intentions as I start my day, I’ll wind [...]

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Hand-stamped scripture jewelry shares hope.

Recently, in a powerful sermon delivered by Pastor David Dwight of Hope Church, our sacred, yet seemingly helpless babe born in a manger was remarkably revealed as an incomparable warrior, sent in to win. David illustrated that when the heavenly announcement began to shepherds in the field, those shepherds were not just surprised by a [...]

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Philippians 4:6 Prayer

Why pray? Have you ever asked yourself this in the midst of the pain, loss and confusion of this world? You ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7:7) and still don’t find the doors you want opening. Your requests are still not being answered in the way you pray them. Then again, a journey of faith, I’m [...]

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Still in love with Psalm 46:10.

In the moments when you are still, you are receiving. In the moments when you are still, you are listening. In the stillness, you are relinquishing control. In the stillness, you find rest. From the beginning, it seems…when you read God’s story, He didn’t create us for 6 days of stillness and 1 day of [...]

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You are a 2 Corinthians 3:3 letter

If your life was a letter to others, how would it read? God’s Word tells you, as a believer in His New Covenant, that your unveiled face reveals the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s not ashamed of you. He gave you everything, so that your life could be an invitation to His grace. Your [...]

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By His Philippians 4:13 Strength

Philippians 4:13 has spoken itself to me time and time again this season, as a multitude of believers are requesting this jewel of a verse be hand-stamped on their MTG pieces. What’s so awesome about its potential is that it invites a celebration of buy cialis the glory revealed in our weakness, not our conquests. [...]

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Listen Like 1 Samuel 3:10

I ran this morning with a singular mission. To stop crowding my mind with noise so that I could listen for the voice of the One who restores. I made a promise to hush my internal generator and listen for the Lord. My reasons for this were many, one in particular being the book: The [...]

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Luke 1 Shows God’s Possibilities.

Have you ever wondered: why was it impossible for God to remove Jesus’ cup of suffering in the garden? Why He doesn’t just fix the things of life that irritate and depress you, when “all things are possible with God?” Recently, I received a tiny and delicate answer from an unexpected source while on a [...]

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John 7:38 Satisfies.

If you’re like me, you used to think everything could somehow make sense eventually. But as you’ve matured, you’ve discovered that even the most excruciatingly detailed scientific exploration reveals only that we must continue in faith. Faith that we get to keep on breathing because there are miracles everywhere that we don’t fully understand. Take [...]

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Teens are 1 Cor 6:19-20 Temples, Too.

Have you ever realized that, although human, you are a Holy temple? God’s Word reminds us that by faith in Jesus, we are purified and esteemed. Valued highly enough to be inhabited by His renewing, forgiving, redeeming Spirit. It’s often tough for tweens and teens who are tempted by so many distractions to see themselves [...]

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Taking 3 John 4 To Heart

When you hear a verse from several places, it’s likely God is whispering a truth into your heart. One that has shown itself to me lately is 3 John 4: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. This verse can either rest easy on the tender [...]

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Jeremiah 29:11

God tells you personally, in His book of Truth, which is the Living Word, that there are divine plans for your life. Recently, I enjoyed the privilege of designing a custom Jeremiah 29:11 ensemble for a wonderful woman who wishes to encourage those on her Thirty-One Gifts team that God has a powerfully good plan [...]

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Wait on the Lord.

You know you can even be in a business of talking with people about why specific scripture is meaningful…hand-stamping His truths onto bright sparkling wearables…always ready and willing by faith to testify…and still be caught off guard by our God’s gorgeous timing. This Mother’s Day weekend I have been carrying around in my heart conflicting [...]

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True Life.

Questions accompany faith. And lucky for you, those questions sometimes are yours to hold. Offered by those who ask: but how could your God allow all this evil? Or, if other religions are flourishing, how do you know yours is right? Oftentimes, even the most courageously faithful fall short of anything other than the hope [...]

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Who Can Find A Proverbs 31 Woman?

You can. I can. Anyone can who has the blessing of meeting Tanya Cauthorne, Senior Director with Thirty-One, a faith-based company that celebrates, encourages and rewards women with the God-given gift of business ownership and discipleship in one unique experience. Does it take a special something to shine with the long-burning lamp of a Proverbs [...]

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Dandelion Perspective.

Bicycling down a comfortably bumpy dirt path just beyond the sidewalk with my son, I noticed the new dandelions. For whatever God’s reason is, in the way He designed my heart…I always notice the dandelions. The way they cheerfully decorate the outskirts of high school football fields like memories. How they mirror a proud homage [...]

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Oh, Honey.

In his encouraging book, The Bumps Are What You Climb On, Warren Wiersbe explains that one of God’s many promises to His children is that He will satisfy us with “honey out of the rock.” One of the sweetest substances nature can produce is contrasted here against one of the hardest…both symbolizing our realities of [...]

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Trust Prevails.

Just ask Job. I had the transforming privilege of attending my delightful friend Sharon’s church this Sunday and being washed by the passionate praise music and sermon delivered around the power of Job 13:15. After singing, clapping and exclaiming the strength of Psalm 91, the congregation gathered our souls around Rev. Angelo Chatmon as he [...]

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God’s Love Is Forever.

Hugging my two children goodbye yesterday evening, as my husband prepared to take them to his sister’s for an overnight stay as our 16th wedding anniversary gift, I had that same familiar conflict of not wanting their youthful vigor to vacate, while very much wanting the time alone with my groom. Actually, every time they [...]

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