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How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

(Psalm 133:1)

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I’ve got lots of opinions, not gonna lie. You do too, right? I’ll go even one step further by assuming that your opinions and my opinions are not perfectly in sync. Agreed?


Differences of opinion among people are more numerous than grains of sand in the ocean. Disputable matters in the church are no exception. Freedoms and convictions are not the same in every heart. Unfortunately, these areas of contention can cause conflict in our hearts, relationships, and communities of faith if we let them.


My family and I got thrown into a situation once that caused some harm and confusion. The perception and convictions of another was pressed upon us, and the consequences were anything but peaceful. Much of

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From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

(Acts 17:26-27 NIV)

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When we were new parents, my husband James and I lovingly referred to our baby as “the lump.” Ethan was like a sack of potatoes, not moving an inch unless we helped him. Yet that lump brought us so much joy! But like any baby, he did a lot of crying.


I remember when he was about six weeks old, and he was crying and crying upstairs in his crib. I had all my parenting books cracked open. Was he hungry? Wet? Needing to be held? Too hot, too cold? Sleep deprived, I headed towards his room. He was raising the roof with his loud crying. I walked over to his crib and stood over my screaming lump.


I

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I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear] my voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs).

(Psalm 116:1, AMP)

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“He left me on read.” “She left me on open.” These are a few phrases young people use to describe when they’ve reached out to someone on social media, via direct message or text and the person never responded.


They aren’t positive statements. They’re expressions of frustration about a snubbing-situation of sorts that leaves many a young heart swirling with insecurities, feelings of rejection, and questions. Why? They wonder. Why would she not answer me? Why would he ignore my message?


I’ve seen this scenario seriously stir the pot of teen emotions up close and personally over the years. And, in some ways, I’ve felt tinges of this myself.


We all want to be heard.


We want to be understood, cared about,

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“Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “No, not seven times, but seventy times seven.”

(Matthew 18:21–22 NLT)

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One day I received an e-mail from a woman who was still bitter over a statement her husband made to her cousin ten years ago. She and her husband were preparing to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and she was dreading it because of his careless words a decade before. She wrote, “Please pray that God mends this title [sic] piece of my heart that has fallen to the ground.”


The word title was a typo—she meant to type little. To me, it was telling. Friend, we can allow someone’s little shortcomings to become the title of our story, or we can forgive and write a new storyline. Not only does forgiveness change the title of your story, it

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“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate”

(Matthew 19:4–6, NIV)

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Grandma passed away on my twenty-fifth birthday. Of all the women in my life, she best modeled for me steadfast devotion to one’s husband. Grandpa wasn’t perfect, and neither was she, but she remained a devoted wife through wartime, followed by a lifelong marriage. Grandma did, however, have one passion that lured her away from her family. She loved to read. When she needed a break from Grandpa’s big personality (or her rambunctious grandkids), she’d disappear into the bathroom with a library book.


Over the years, Grandma checked out so many books from her local library that she came up with a system to prevent herself from accidentally checking out the same books multiple times. On page thirty-six of

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All the angels are spirits who serve God and are sent to help those who will receive salvation.

(Hebrews 1:14, NIV)

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Diane was visiting in the home of some friends. Time passed quickly as each shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than she had planned and had to walk home alone. But she wasn’t afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away. As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane whispered a prayer asking God to keep her safe from harm and danger.


When she reached the alley, which was a shortcut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley, she noticed a man standing at the end, as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and

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For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. . . Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.

(Hebrews 7:19, 22 NLT)

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Do you feel like God is depending upon you to take care of all the needs in your family, work, church, community?


Maybe you feel like God is watching your every move, evaluating whether you’re measuring up to His standard. Maybe you think your performance matters much, even though you might not want to admit it. Maybe you’ve been duped into believing that blessings only come when you “get it right.”


But no matter how hard you try . . .


No matter how determined you are to live out the Word . . .


No matter how much you do for others . . .


It never quite feels like enough.


“All the hard” continues to come your way, pressing upon you

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“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

(Romans 12:2 NIV)

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One day I was driving home from the beach in July Fourth holiday traffic. It was Southern muggy hot, and cars were a throng of metal on wheels. Everyone was going faster than the posted speed limit and I was trying to keep up. I was also young and distracted. Ok, here’s the truth: I had just broken up with my boyfriend and crying my eyes out.


At one point, I felt my front right tire slip off the asphalt and onto the gravel shoulder of the road. In a flood of panic, I heard the voice of my driver’s ed teacher from four years earlier, “If you run off the road, do not, and I repeat, do not

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And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

(Colossians 3:17)

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Having played division one college volleyball doesn’t usually affect my ministry opportunities. Most women’s ministry directors that invite me to participate in their conferences care primarily about my speaking, Bible teaching and worship leading skills, not my ball handling, vertical jump and net skills. But over the years, I have had some pretty cool niche ministry invitations due to my athletic experience.


Case in point, when my daughter Kennedy was in middle school, I spoke and led worship for an FCA volleyball camp in Georgia several summers in a row. It was the best. Kennedy joined me and we made a mommy-daughter adventure of it. She attended as a camper; had great small group time, meaningful corporate worship moments,

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Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.

(James 1:19, NIV)

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I was flying to a speaking event … a three-day conference. And I was already so tired and just wanted to sit quietly and take a nap. As I took my seat, I prayed that the person sitting beside me did not want to talk. I know. So spiritual.


A young man sat down beside me. We exchanged the usual greetings. As the plane took off I opened my book and pretended to be reading. But the words were jumbled and made no sense because I was that tired. A quick glance brought great relief. The young man was reading a book. Yes! I thought I was home free.


And then it happened!


The “Dump Here” sign on my forehead evidently

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