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    Saturday Thoughts: Hearing From God

    Every Saturday I’m going to post thoughts that occur to me that aren’t in a series or that don’t require more than one post. These aren’t just random thoughts or opinions, but rather things I’m learning from the Lord or things that are very important to me. Today’s thought: How do I know God’s voice? When Justin and I chose Johnson City, TN it wasn’t a random choice, nor did God’s voice boom out of the skies and tell us to move there. One thing you should know about us is that we research and plan everything. I knew I wanted to live in the Appalachian mountains which narrowed down…

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    The Relationship Killers

    In today’s post, I want to talk about sins that kill relationships (any relationship, not just marriage): gossip, slander, no understanding, no mercy, and bitterness. Gossip and Slander Gossip is a big deal in the church today. We love to talk about people, though we often use the guise of “prayer.” I grew up in many different churches but I always heard the same things. “Oh, Mary, let me tell you what Julia did so that we can pray for her.” You don’t really want to pray for the person, you just want to tell people what he or she has done. I’m just as guilty of it! I’ve talked…

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    Friday Fun Day: Netflix List

    So, every Friday I want to post some fun stuff whether it’s activities, books, movies, TV shows or whatever that are clean and family-friendly. Today I’m going to post some TV shows that I recommend from Netflix. Now, not all of these are kid-friendly, but none of them are rated “M” for mature or anything like that. Sherlock (BBC) If you love the stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you’ll definitely enjoy this series from BBC about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. It is the original character of Sherlock but instead of being set in the traditional Victorian era, it is based in the 21st century. It is…

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    Tell the Truth

    Telling the truth can be extremely hard for any Christian. It seems like it would be easy, but the truth can hurt, it can cause conflict, and it can be confrontational. That is why many of us would rather avoid it. Not that we want to lie, but rather we would prefer to not say anything at all. Today’s post is going to be about four similar areas: deceit, stealing, swindling, and lies. Let me remind you that these posts on sin are for Christians, not non-Christians because Christians share the same morality and all of us are supposed to follow God’s Word for our lives. Deceit Deceit is defined…

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    Don’t Let the Sun Go Down

    Six of the sins I listed in the beginning of my series on sin all pretty much go together: murder, strife, malice, anger, rage, and brawling – they are all a progression of one sin. Let me define them all real quick just so we know exactly what we’re discussing. Strife = angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict Malice = the intention or desire to do evil; ill will Anger = a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility Rage = violent, uncontrollable anger Brawling = fight or quarrel in a rough or noisy way Murder = the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another Okay, stay with me here in this…

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    The Dangerous Threesome

    There are three very dangerous sins that, in a way, go together: greed, envy, and idolatry. I say that they are dangerous because they lead to many other sins and ultimately pull us away from following the Lord Jesus and living the way He wants us to live. I talked in another post about how godless our society has become or has really always been but now it’s just more out in the open, but this series on sin is not for the non-Christians, it is for those who claim to be born-again followers of Jesus and struggle with sin, just as we all do. We live in a world…

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    A Confession

    I really debated writing this post. In fact, God placed it on my heart a while ago to write this post but I kept putting it off, saying that if I told the truth about what I had done, God could never use me because people would just judge me and never hear what I had to say. But the Lord continually reminded me of all the people He has used from Bible times until now who have made wrong choices and done terrible things, but God forgave them and used them anyway, like Paul persecuting the Christians as Saul until his conversion on the road to Damascus, or Peter…

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    Seasons of Silence – Joel Osteen

    I’ve watched this video from Joel Osteen a lot lately and it speaks to me every time because we all have seasons where it feels like God is silent. We don’t see Him working and sometimes we wonder if we’re doing something wrong, or if God is ignoring us, and we can get frustrated or discouraged. This video and message from Joel reminded me that these seasons of silence aren’t punishment and God definitely isn’t ignoring us – He’s testing us and preparing us for something far greater, an amazing future that He has planned for us. I hope you guys watch it and it helps you as it has…

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    Blown and Tossed by the Wind

    I’ve been seeking the Lord a lot more lately because of our financial circumstances and trying to figure out what He wants from us. And He keeps telling me over and over to trust in Him. And today, in my morning quiet time, He led me to these three verses from James. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:6-8) The Lord revealed to me that I keep asking Him for…

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    A Series on Sin

    Now, I realize that this new blog series I’m beginning may not be popular. In fact, I really doubt many people will like it. But I also feel it’s important to talk about both for your sake and for mine. My new vlog series is still on becoming the Proverbs 31 woman, but my series for my written blog posts is going to be on sin and what the Bible says about it. You may be wondering why I am doing this series and my answer is that I don’t believe enough Christians talk openly about sin. We preach love and talk about not judging others, and that’s great, but…

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