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The Joy of “Unanswered” Prayers

The Joy of "Unanswered" Prayers

The Joy of “Unanswered” Prayers “The one feature I know I need is a fenced-in backyard,” I told my realtor as we began looking for my new townhome. I thought it would surely increase my home office productivity if I could open the door, let Snickers the […]

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“How many times can I tell her no?”

"How many times can I tell her no?"

“Oh man, another one of these things,” she thinks to herself, as she pulls the red envelope out of her mailbox. “How many ways can I say no?” She takes the stack of mail inside and plops it all down on the kitchen table. The little red […]

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I married into the South, football, and Chick Fil A.

I married into the South, football, and Chick Fil A.

The ruling on the field stands. The ruling on the field is confirmed. Football reigns and rules in the South. On Monday, we were glued to the TV to watch the National Championship college football game. It was intense to say the least. Half of my family […]

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Wonder – Choose Kind. Be Ordinary.

Wonder – Choose Kind. Be Ordinary. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, is a beautiful story that has been adapted to film.  It releases to U.S. theaters, today, November 17, 2017 and I can’t wait to see it. I hope moviegoers pass through the double doors, walk down the […]

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Thanksgiving: to host or not to host

Thanksgiving: to host or not to host

Thanksgiving: to Host or Not to Host? Guest post by Karen Guzman I grew up in a house regularly filled with guests, whether for a meal or for a semester. So, when I joined InterVarsity staff and moved into my own place, it was natural to host […]

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How will you answer “the knock?”

How will you answer "the knock?"

  Throughout the year we seek moments with our neighbors to show God’s love and perhaps to invite them into our homes. We may have asked a neighbor several times to come over and they have never accepted. Yet for Halloween, many of these same neighbors will […]

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No More Excuses!

Reposted with permission from Calvary Life Magazine No more Excuses! (By Judi L) Excuses, excuses….I can’t do a Bible study with women in my neighborhood! I certainly can’t do one in Traverse City this summer! That’s my time to read all the books I can’t get to […]

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“They threw me to the animals. No one wanted me.”

Caroline’s soft voice drew the crowd closer. With attentiveness that no one expected nor planned for, her authentic words of vulnerability accomplished what some speakers only dream of but never achieve.   For Caroline, her size and stature began her testimony before she uttered the first word. […]

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Ugly Fear – Beautiful FAITH!

Ugly Fear – Beautiful FAITH!

Ugly Fear – Beautiful FAITH! ♥Reposted with permission from Calvary Life Magazine.♥   FEAR seems to be a common theme from those who have been sharing their experiences about their Neighborhood Bible study journey! “How will my neighbors respond when I invite them to come to my house […]

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Am I Seeking God Only for Answers or for Who He Is?

  I often wonder…. what if my desire to listen to God equaled His longing to speak personally with me? Listening prayer for me is simply being still in God’s presence, anticipating His voice, recording His words, impressions, or pictures, and then responding in love, faith and […]

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