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What to Do When Your Future Feels Flimsy

Two white, wooden rocking chairs move in rhythm on a crisp spring morning. The pinkish hues of dawn disappear as the sun climbs into the sky. My fingers clutch my husband, Leif’s knee. The back of my hand is marred by the wrinkles and sunspots I’ve long since given up trying to fight and learned to embrace them as the signs of a life well-lived.

My vision of the future may look wildly different than yours, but what do you do when circumstances, hardship, and trials blur your vision? Steal your hope? Continue Reading...

Need a Boost of Joy? Here's 1 Surefire Trick

The calendar flipped to November in a blink. Seven Saturday’s until Christmas. A handful until Thanksgiving. The to-do lists jog onto two, even three pages. Life’s abuzz with the excitement of the holiday season—a season of joy and gratitude and God’s goodness.

But in the busyness, joy can slip through our fingers. Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to Sarah. Sarah Francis Martin is a wife, mother, mentor, and author of Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous. She has a passion to ignite this generation to get up off the couch of complacency and do life differently for God’s kingdom. When she is not typing away at her laptop, you can often find Sarah on date nights with her husband, rough housing with her young son, or getting her hands messy with craft paint.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

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by Sarah Francis Martin 

A whole lifestyle of praise. Sounds like a lofty idea, right? I thought so, too.

But after recognizing some captivating benefits of said lifestyle, I’ve come to crave it. I’ve come to depend on it.

Making Jesus famous with every square inch of our lives brings us to a place of benefit. (And some benefits are self serving, because isn’t our God so kind?) The ultimate benefits of a life of praise lie in a renewed sense of the ultimate reality:

Jesus is ever worthy of our praise, even when we don’t feel like praising His name. He is worthy.

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4 Signs You May Be Suffering From Spiritual Decay

Athens in ruins.

Such words evoke centuries old images of one of the great cities reduced to rubble.

The images of Athens in ruins you’ll see below are startling. Not because their thousands of years old, but demonstrate what can happen in ten short years since the 2004 Summer Olympics. Continue Reading...

This Challenge Will Reset Your Whole Week

Over the years, I’ve discovered that even a brief moment in the presence of God can change everything—my perspective, attitude, and reaction. Being aware of and experiencing God’s presence reminds me of my dependence on God. He is the source of everything—joy, provision, protection, love, grace, mercy, hope and so much more.

One of the greatest wonders of God is His presence. Continue Reading...