Spiritual Growth

17
Nov

What Do Your Clothes Say About You?

  It was the late 80’s and early 90’s when Madonna, Prince, and Janet Jackson led the fashion trends. I was far from God at that time and living in the world of bawdy fashion —  until God got a hold of me. Once I began faithfully following Him, my identity began to change and I began reflecting His character

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14
Nov

Overcoming Roadblocks

  Throughout life, we all experience two kinds of Roadblocks. External Roadblocks are physical barriers, circumstances, or people that hinder us from pursuing God’s plans for our lives. Internal Roadblocks are reoccurring, destructive attitudes or feelings, like unforgiveness, anger, guilt, shame, insecurity, hopelessness, and fear, that keep us discouraged, distracted, and in denial. Roadblocks hinder our relationships, they interfere with

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10
Nov

No Pain, No Gain

  All athletes are disciplined in their training.  They do it to win a prize. 1 Corinthians 9:25 Are you a self-starter when it comes to going to the gym?  Honestly, I’m not.  I purposely need to make a workout date with a friend, to keep me from rescheduling or postponing the inevitable, productive pain that comes from a good

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2
Nov

When Our Plan B is God’s Plan A

We all want our plan A’s to work out in life, especially when our loved ones lives are a concern, but what happens when we’re faced with a plan B? Today, MaryJo talks about accepting the lesser plan, particularly when it appears to make no sense.

20
Oct

Imagine the Bigger Picture of Your Life

Some time ago, God revealed to me that He is a big picture God and that He is equally detailed too. Why should this matter? Because for us to see the bigger story in our lives, we need understand the bigger picture and the bigger purposes of God in our lives. Time frames our lives, and the images we paint

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17
Oct

What’s Your Foundation?

If you were building a house, you would never start framing until a solid foundation was properly in place. So why not approach your spiritual life with the same care and concern? Without a strong foundation, our houses crumble in severe storms. Similarly, without a solid spiritual foundation, we crumble, sometimes at the mere mention of a storm. Jesus uses

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13
Oct

Self-Talk is Serious Business

  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2   Recently, I was in the produce section at the grocery store, talking to myself about what type of lettuce I wanted to purchase. I

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10
Oct

Walking With God

Do you ever stop to think about what it means to walk with God? In Genesis 5:21-24 we read of a man named Enoch who began walking with God after he turned sixty-five years old ––  and he continued walking with God the rest of his life. “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked

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6
Oct

It’s Your Move

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,  nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 The practice of and fight for religious beliefs are central

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3
Oct

How Are You Communicating?

A primary element of every good relationship is healthy communication. Better communication leads to better relationships. That’s why it’s imperative we avoid the four main conversation killers: Criticism, Defensiveness, Stonewalling, and Contempt. The quicker we recognize these destructive habits and the harder we work to eliminate them from our conversations, the more enjoyable and successful our relationships will be. Criticism

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