Grow a Spectacular Marriage from Roots to Fruits

I wish I had known some of these principles before I got married. I eventually learned many of the most important ones through experience, but that was the hard way. If you’re single, engaged, or newly married, do your relationship (or future one) a favor and read this book! Even us “pros” who’ve been married 15 years or more can benefit from reminders and from looking ahead to the empty-nest or legacy-leaving years.

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Getting to Know me Better: My Journey with Christ

My personal journey with Christ: I always thought my testimony was so boring.  I never had a miraculous change or an obviously God-thing just happen so that all my family & friends could hear the “Hallelujah” chorus being sung over my head. It's just a quiet, growing relationship with the God of the Universe who has taken up residence in my soul, a journey of a Father carrying His daughter.

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Entering the Christmas season...

We live in a broken world, broken by sickness, war, pride, poverty, hurt, and sorrow—broken by sin. Yet God, the God against whom our sin has been perpetrated and who has every right as the Creator of the universe to obliterate our very existence from the planet, stoops into our brokenness with His love.

That is the very thing we celebrate at Christmas, the comfort of God in our dark, all-encompassing sorrow by the gift and sacrifice of His own Son, Jesus—The Messiah. Do you remember the comfort of His touch? Do you remember the hope of the words, “Your iniquity is pardoned”? Have you known that touch?

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Who Else Wants to Rest in the Goodness of the Lord?

If my goal is fill my mind with the things of the Lord, and everything that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8), then what can I think about and meditate on that has all of these qualities? The Lord, of course. He is the standard of good. His character is the definition of all of these traits. There are other things that fall into these categories, but you have to be careful that you’re not making them a god in your mind. God is one Person you can worship, adore, and “idolize” without sinning.

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How to Start Living Loved Today (with a Giveaway)!

Have you ever felt rejected?  Alone, unwanted, unwelcome, an outcast, uninvited?  Even if these words aren’t the defining descriptions of most of our lives, we have all felt them at times.  How do we deal with past rejections?  How do we deal with present hurts?  How do we protect ourselves from future disappointments?  In her book Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst dives personally into her past rejections and shows us how she moved from begging for scraps of love from everything she could to living from a place of abundance in the love of God.

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Who Else Wants More Time with Jesus?

Do you want to spend more time in the Lord? Great! You should! But just keep in mind a few caveats. You will need to sacrifice a few things. You might be misunderstood by others. But if the goal is to know the Lord more and invite Him into every area of our lives, then these sacrifices don't really matter. They're not worth the sweet fellowship of growing closer and closer to our Savior.

Charles Stanley in his In Touch devotional for May 3, 2017, gave some great advice. Here are three areas to give youselves (and others) grace in:

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Ultimate Guide to Lila's Favorite Verses

Do you have a “Life Verse”?  Whenever I hear that phrase, I get a little squirmy, because I don’t have one Life Verse.  I have a dozen! 😊  I always have a hard time choosing favorites of anything, because it’s comparing apples with oranges—each one has something unique and beneficial about it.  But here are a few of my favorites, verses I return to time after time for hope, encouragement, and reminders (which I need often). 

I believe that at least some of these verses will encourage you to hope and trust in the Lord, as they have for me. 

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Find Freedom in “Imperfect Progress”

What is the Christian life supposed to look like?  Once we’re saved (justification), then we spend the rest of our lives on Earth being changed, living out our salvation in our everyday lives (sanctification).  The Holy Spirit comes to live in us, and He convicts us, encourages us, teaches us, comforts us, and slowly changes us into the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29).  But it’s easy for us task-oriented believers to get bogged down in checking off the lists in our Christian lives.   

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4 Benefits of Hope

Have you ever felt so hopeless you didn’t know what to do?  Have you ever felt weighed down and stuck in the Bog of Despair (or, Slough of Despair, according to John Bunyan in Pilgrim’s Progress)?  You know as a child of God that you shouldn’t feel that way, but you do.  What do you do?  How do you boss your feelings around when you can’t see anything else?

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