Freedom to Keep "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1, NIV). Soldiers of freedom's cause bled into the earth upon which we've founded our nation. The principles of honoring all…

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5 Promises to Bring Hope in Uncertain Times

by Grace Fox To say the last year has been challenging is an understatement. The pandemic grounded me and my husband—the director of a mission sending agency—from our usual international ministry travels. It left me unemployed by banning large gatherings, thus canceling my speaking invitations to women’s retreats and conferences. It…

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Crowned from Brokenness: Secrets the Iris Taught Me

A few hundred writers had gathered to pursue their calling on a smoky North Carolina mountaintop. Sunned by worship and swathed in the dewy atmosphere of prayer, an iris raised her amethyst head near the summit stairway.She wore her crown of petals as a hard-won accomplishment. The iris began her journey…

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Love Isn’t for Romantics

I'll be sending love to my husband from a distance this Valentine's Day. He has an extended business trip for which I cannot join him due to my own commitments. So our embraces will remain spiritual, stretching from the mountains to the oceanside. Our thoughts and wishes will not touch more than…

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Fragrant Spirit

"For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing."2 Corinthians 2:15 I struggled to breathe in the soupy tropical atmosphere. Pollen and dust hung in the steamy air as a perpetual haze which obfuscated our view of the sky. I…

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Flourishing in The Season You’re In

by Kristyn Schott How are you feeling about the season you’re currently in? Are you thriving or barely surviving? Are you constantly wishing for a different season, to get out of the one you find yourself in? You see, I think we often spend the season we’re in wishing to be…

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Weathering Grief

We've experienced more grief as a nation this year than we ever imagined possible. Many have suffered heartbreaking personal losses which make the world's darkness unbearable. We long for comfort. A breath of air above the merciless waves of pain. No matter what condolences our neighbors offer in an attempt to…

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My Dwelling Place

  "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High     will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1, NIV). Gales whirl in a violent uproar outside my office window. Hail batters the roof like a viral-shaped threat to any who would dare brave the outside world. The tears of…

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Safe Fun in the Summer Time

by Ginny Dent Brant With the rise in skin cancers, protecting your skin and eyes from the sun has become more important than when I was a child. I’ve earned the right to develop melanoma from my overexposure days of lifeguarding and sunbathing. Who remember the days of using baby oil…

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Sandcastles in the Desert Season of Life

Sandcastles in the Desert Season of Life   Deadly viruses and economic struggles have stranded us in a wasteland which seems endless. We hike up one dune of hope for a better tomorrow only to find another sea of bleak, dry circumstances stretching ahead. This season of unrest and suffering has…

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