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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Day 2: Our Redeemer

Redemption: the currency God uses to restore broken things. This redemption story of Jesus’ arrival finds me marveled at his knack for restoration. I’m reminded of where our story fits into his. What we cheapened with sin, he restores with his love. From the fall with Adam and Eve, Noah building the ark, and the […]

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Day 1: Thanks for Coming

Advent is a time marked by expectation of Jesus’ arrival. Every year, I pray that Jesus would reveal himself to me in a new way. Growing up in church, I’ve heard the story, seen it reenacted in the plays, and have done the routine. But Jesus’ arrival was not routine. I want to take time […]

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With Me

Have you found yourself in a position of a hard season or situation and you didn’t acknowledge God was with you? Or maybe you’re like me, and you didn’t realize it was enough. And I know it’s enough, because, “But I will be with you” is God’s answer to a lot of people in the […]

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Enough is Enough

We’ve all heard a stern, “Enough is enough!” Often it’s said with a punishment tone. Or maybe you’ve whispered this to yourself because your schedule is too tightly packed, and if you have one more demand from someone else you might break. God disrupted this fist-to-the-ground, eyes-wide-open mentality recently. He gently spoke through John 4 […]

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The Freedom of Enough

I’ve lived my life believing that making mistakes meant I wasn’t good enough, and I was too scared to try something I knew I wasn’t good at. And forget working at something to actually get better; that meant I would have to endure the self-talk of “not ____ enough”. Needless to say, boredom from slow […]

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