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“Most people don’t wait long enough on me.” –God Wow! How accurate is that sentence? We’ll admit it; A lot of us here are impatient. We hate long lines, we dread traffic, we get frustrated when God says “no,” but we really feel pained when he says “not yet!” For some reason, hearing “not yet” hurts more than hearing “no.” We think it’s because, when God says “not yet,” we know the good thing is coming,...

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When everything around us seems like it’s spiraling out of control … … people often remind us of the Bible passage in which Jesus is sleeping in the storm as his disciples were, for lack of a better phrase, freaking out. We know we need to focus on something during hard times, but Jesus getting some rest while things are seemingly falling apart is normally not helpful. What should catch our attention is why Jesus is...

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I spent that New Year in Toronto, Canada. We drove up with the young adult ministry from my church. It took about 18 hours for us to arrive at the Heavy Reign Conference. This was my first time leaving the country. I was both excited and anxious. I did not know what to expect, but I heard that some of the top speakers in the healing and prophetic culture were slated to speak that weekend....

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“For God sent me before you to preserve life.” Genesis 45:5b At times, it may be difficult to accept and trust that God is weaving a plan for your life to prosper you and bring you to an expectant end. When we get to the nuts and bolts of it, most of our difficulty comes from our lack of understanding and acceptance of God’s ways. Isaiah 61:3 tells us “He will give a crown of...

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One of my favorite poems is We Wear the Mask, by Paul Laurence Dunbar. It is such a haunting depiction of how we hide in the midst of many. “In a room of a thousand we can feel like we are in an auditorium of one.” There are so many times that we hide behind “the mask” … And those masks are beautiful aren’t they? They are BEAT, BAKED, and BEARDED to perfection. They cover...

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Performance. The word alone elicits feelings of pressure. Tears flow, frustrations surface, comparison gnaws, and self-pity rises when we feel like our performance has fallen short of an expectation. We are raised with a performance-based mindset that conveys the message that “you get out what you put in.” Therein, we train ourselves to believe that the burden of success falls on our efforts. “If I study diligently, then I’ll do well on the test.” “If I...

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It was one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world, and he was about to bungee jump. The only thing keeping him from plunging into the rushing waters of the Zambezi was a single cord tied around his ankles. His pounding heart seemed to drown out the mighty waterfall as he heard the instructor behind him shout: “1, 2, 3.. bungee!” He jumped. Within seconds, it felt like he was flying. When God calls...

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Our God is a purposeful God. His word proclaims a divine intentional nature. He created everything and everything with purpose — especially us, His children! “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) You may be wondering why we are talking about purpose when this is supposed to be an article about health. Great question … As believers, paying attention...

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As summer approaches, I find myself getting very anxious about my outward appearance.  We have a beach trip planned and fun play dates around the pool will be scheduled.  But, all of this “fun” requires me to take off my sweat pants and *ahem* multiple layers of sweaters over t-shirts. The great thing is that the beauty of summer does cause my body to crave more fruits and fresh salads, as well as forward to...

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Have you ever been feeling down and unsure of the cause? Does something on the inside not feel right? On the surface, everything seems to be fine, but underneath, you have no peace? Daily we see or hear news of someone who unknowingly, or sometimes outwardly, has been living in a state of depression, succumb to illness. However, as believers, even when depression is at its heaviest, we never have to feel that we are...