I don’t like to hold things twice. By that, I mean that when I pull one of the seven items out of my makeup bag in the morning, I apply it immediately then return it to the bag. I have a morning checklist routine with my supplements to get them sorted for the day—I’m sure this routine annoys my family. If I use something, I like for it to return to its home immediately instead of detouring to a random countertop before it arrives.
From a very young age, I thought a church was a building. “Church” always seemed to be a noun to me. It only happened when we walked into the building, correct? I no longer feel that way, and I’ve learned that church extends far beyond bricks and mortar. Church is people, and I’d even go so far as to say church is an action verb.
In this day and age, we celebrate independence. We like to think we will influence a culture and change things.
There’s a woman in my life who is full of enthusiasm. I first met her at the age of 20, and I still remember the way she made me feel. We shared a meal and she was genuinely happy. She giggled, smiled, and sincerely enjoyed asking questions to know me better. She was full of joy and couldn’t help but share it!
Over the years this friend has continued to enjoy her life and inject joy into the lives of others she meets. She sees the good in everything. She helps me know myself better with her insightful questions and is quick to point out the good things in every situation. I love that about her. She’s refreshing to be around!
You know what? Everyone needs a person like my authentically enthusiastic friend in their lives. You and I have the capacity to be that person – to positively impact our environments and the people in them. I challenge you to accept this opportunity and develop a contagious enthusiasm for others and their lives – it will infect them in the most wonderful of ways!
God, help us be more enthusiastic for your glory. We want people to see you in our words and in our lives. Amen
Last weekend’s message about cultivating God-confidence in areas of insecurity hit me right between the eyes. Who can’t relate to feeling inadequate to living out their calling in life like Pastor Craig shared? I’m raising two incredible kids, and sometimes I look at them and feel a sinking sense that they deserve much more than I could ever give them. I am passionate about my work and the team I work with, and during challenging seasons I sometimes doubt I have what it takes to fill the shoes of this role. My husband and I have been together for 18 years, and he’s so incredibly patient and full of grace that I still have moments where I feel he got the short end of the stick.
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Standing in the middle of Independence Square in Kiev, it hit me how much the people of Ukraine have been through in the past century. Spending time with Ukrainians, you get the full story of difficult years in the past as well as their great hope for the future. That’s what makes the Ukrainian sense of national pride so inspirational—everywhere we looked, there were blue and yellow flags waving, people singing the national anthem, and locals wearing shirts with the symbol of Ukraine on them.
Have you ever become so busy in life that you realize you’re drifting through your days? I sure have. While it’s helpful to recognize we need to make a change, sometimes we don’t know where to start. Here are a few practical tips you can try to have more meaningful interactions with people in your life.
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Jess, our Church Online Communication Coordinator, and I traveled by rail in England recently. We landed on a train taking us to the right destination but were on the wrong course and would arrive more quickly than the ticket we’d paid for would have arrived. The train guard had a smirk on his face when he discovered the error and was quick to announce we were wrong and would have to pay the difference. I could see his fellow co-worker look at me apologetically. We'd made a mistake for sure, but it was an honest one. We'd asked for help before boarding, but the fact is we didn't know what we didn't know. And the rail guard took delight in it.
When you hear the term “LifeGroup”, what does it make you think about? Do you imagine a group of 8-12 people sitting around holding hands and singing hymns? Or maybe you think a LifeGroup has to be comprised of married people who all have kids and are in their mid-30s?
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