Breaking Up With Conditional Kindness

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Lately, God has been really dealing with me about the way that society has taught us to deal with one another. We’ve all seen the memes and the self-righteous Facebook updates declaring that from this point forward we should treat people the way that they have treated us or that maybe we should only do as much for others as they have done for us. I’m sure at some point or another I subscribed to this way of thinking but as a Christ-Follower, this way of thinking goes against everything that we claim to believe in. Within the last week or so, I’ve done a lot of observing and people watching. Guys, it’s amazing how often we react to the tiniest of things. When someone’s tone is a little off, when we feel slighted by someone or they fail to acknowledge our presence in the way that we think they […]

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3 Easy Steps to Getting The Most Out Of Your Bible Study

There’s no question that reading the Bible is a fundamental part of our faith. It’s intended to be our go-to when things get tough or when our faith is low, or whenever we’re just downright confused. The funny thing is, out of all of the many questions that the Bible answers, someone, somewhere, forgot to include instructions on how to read the thing. Do we read it from cover to cover? Do we read passages as we feel inspired? This was something that I struggled with for a long time. A good friend of mine mentioned just the other day that people who have been Christians for more than 20 years are still struggling with this. There are tons of resources out there now and finding a solid reading plan is as simple as picking up your smartphone or tablet. Even then, there’s still the question of how do we […]

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Spiritual Survival Kit// Every Verse You’ll Ever Need To Find Direction

Scriptures for Finding Direction

It’s a brand new year and we’re all trying to figure out our next move. Thinking about starting a new job? A new business opportunity? Maybe you’re just trying to figure out how to stay afloat another day. No matter what the crossroad may be, we’re all seeking direction. Who better to seek direction from than the all-knowing God that genuinely wants to see us win at life? Here’s a great list of verses on direction to add to your spiritual survival kit: Seeking God for Direction Proverbs 3:5-6// Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 16:9// The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Psalm 37:22// The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his […]

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Improving My Prayer Life in 2017

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Like most of us, my life is pretty busy. From the moment I wake up until the time that I go to bed, it seems like there is always something that needs to be done. I have always made it a priority to begin my day with prayer and seeking God through reading the word. I also make a habit of worshiping and talking to Him throughout the day but lately, it just doesn’t feel like it’s enough. There are days that I feel like maybe I haven’t covered enough ground and prayed over enough people or situations. There are also days that I look up and I’m like, God, I haven’t talked with you much today. I know in my spirit that this feeling is Holy Spirit asking for more from me and more is exactly what I’m going to give. About a week ago, I came across a timely video […]

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The Virtuous Woman Pt. 5 | She Takes Care Of Home

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Proverbs 31: 21-22 & 27 “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed;     she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”  “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Let’s be real for a moment—adulting is hard. No one really likes bills, errands, or folding laundry but they are all necessary annoyances that need to be taken care of to ensure that the wheel of life keeps moving. Can you imagine what life would be like if you had no clean laundry, no clean dishes, and you were facing a repossession of your car because you failed to make your payments? It would be difficult, to say the least. The Proverbs 31 woman knew this and she took pride in taking care of the affairs of her home. Take […]

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The Virtuous Woman Pt. 4 | She’s Gracious

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Proverbs 31: 20 & 26 // “She opens her arm to the poor and extends her hand to the needy” “She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction on her tongue” What does it mean to be gracious? Simply put, to be gracious is to be marked by kindness and courtesy (Miriam-Webster). If the Proverbs 31 woman was nothing else, she was kind. Everything that she did was an extension of her grace. She was gracious in caring for her family, she was gracious in her businesses but more than anything, she was gracious in her dealings with the people around her.  Take a look at verse 20, “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hand to the needy”. Like most of us, the Proverbs 31 woman had a full plate but she never allowed her busy schedule to get in the way of giving back to her community […]

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The Virtuous Woman Pt. 3 | She’s Financially Savvy

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Proverbs 31:16, 18, & 24// “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” “She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.” “She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.” Contrary to popular belief, God never intended for us to be poor. He understands the value in building wealth and He has given us all the tools and basic know-how to do so, but it is up to us to employ that knowledge and further cultivate it. When it comes to being financially savvy, the Proverbs 31 woman was a powerhouse. Her family was pretty well off and although they may not have needed any extra money, she took it upon herself to bring in a few coins of her own. Take a look at verse 24, “She makes linen garments […]

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