Relationship Without the Agenda

I was reading in Mark 5, where Jesus heals multiple people, including raising a young girl from the dead. But in verse 43 Jesus ends his miracle with telling this family that no one should know about this. I was so confused. Why wouldn’t Jesus want this to be her testimony? Why would he tell […]

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For the Ordinary Days

Growing up, I was always the girl that wanted summer when it was winter, and winter when it was summer. If you know me really well, you know I tend to skip ahead to the good stuff. I’m not always a patient waiter, and I have to intentionally remind myself that the process is fun […]

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The Day I Was Mad at God

Now before you read the title of this post and get concerned, let me inform you that I love God with all my heart, but this is an extremely raw post. As many of you may know, my mom passed away on July 29, 2015. It was a day I never imagined I would be […]

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I Think God is Holding out on Me

It’s never enough. We double tap, we snap, we share. And it’s never enough. Someone always has it better, someone is always happier, thinner, and every other “-er” you can think of. And we want it. We want “-er” so badly because we feel good to be noticed. We want people to like and applaud […]

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Part 3: Samuel

Growing up, I was afraid of God’s voice. I feared He would tell me something I didn’t want to hear. And then I’d have to do it. And not talking to Him was easier, right? Oh, how Satan would love for us to stay as far away from God as possible. But the closer I […]

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Here’s the Story

My testimony: the birthplace of Her Greater Joy. I have seen restoration, and I have seen God’s hand in the details. I know that if you find yourself in a dark and tear-filled routine, God sees you and he knows you. He didn’t cause this mess. He’s actually here to help you walk through it.

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Part 2: David

If you want to follow along, you can read 1 Samuel 17 The Philistines stood on one side of the mountain, and the Israelites gathered on the other. With one valley between the two crowds stood a nine foot Philistine for the Israelites to conquer. They were terrified. The fear stands out on the Israelites’ […]

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Part 1: Hannah

Reading: 1 SAMUEL 1-2 Have you experienced a dead end to a desire you’ve had for a long time? Maybe your expectations led you to where you’re at now, and you’re confused and hurt. You’re not alone here (a common theme in the Bible by the way). 1 Samuel 1 describes a woman named Hannah; […]

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The Secrets We Keep

Secrets can be a great place of intimacy or they can be a place of shame that separates because of manipulation and sin. “Secrets don’t make friends.” We’d say this if we were jealous and wanted this supposed top-secret information. We don’t like to be on the outside; we want to be in the know. […]

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Day 3: God With Us

Immanuel means “God with us.” You might have known that already, but have you felt it? This simplicity of Jesus’ birth redeemed my thoughts about God four years ago. On December 23rd, 2014, I heard the garage door open. My parents walked in from the doctor appointment. They sat my sister and I down on […]

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