Do You Have an Ideality Gap?

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So I questioned, and still question today, my inner slave driver. “Do you seriously believe you can out-think, out-plan and out-produce the God of the Universe?" After all is said and done and re-done and re-said, He gives to us even in our sleep!

Keep Calm and Cry Out to Jesus

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Sometimes life's pain can be so physically and/or emotionally draining that something needs to give... quickly. When even the best of human efforts makes little difference, there is always something we can do - "cry out" to the Lord.

The Green Grass Is Under You

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While the enemy is voicing what you lack, God is voicing what you have! And right now you have green grass UNDER YOU. The finished work of Jesus Christ is literally UNDER YOU and IN YOU. Sit in it.

Just. Be. Held.

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If your eyes are on the storm You'll wonder if I love you still, But if your eyes are on the cross You'll know I always have and I always will.

How to Question God

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Jesus Himself set a surprising precedent for questioning God. So I don’t think it’s a holy thing to never question Him.

“Someone Else” To Fight For You!

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You may not have tens of thousands followers rooting for you on Twitter. Yet rest assured, when you turn to THE Stronghold - you will be truly “known.” He is The Great "Someone Else" who will fight for you. Lean on Him - because He is there for you, with you, and best of all... in you!

Are We There Yet?

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  – Joe Fornear Exhaustion… terrible inconvenience… unsanitary conditions… a nightmare scenario. Maybe God is trying to tell us something...
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Three Keys to Thankfulness (Part 2)

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But a huge stumbling block to this determination (to be thankful) is the stubborn belief that thankfulness is a result of trouble-free existence. "I'd like to be thankful, but everything keeps breaking down around this house." "I'd like to be thankful, but God hasn't fulfilled my greatest need yet."

Three Keys to Thankfulness (Key #1)

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Certainly the Lord greatly encourages thankfulness, as there are dozens of invitations in the Scripture. Since His love for us is incomparable, thankfulness must be very good for us! At the start of His love letter to the Colossians, the Lord even leads Paul to pray for them to be thankful (1:11-12).

Wisdom from a Weather Vane

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I can still recall the powerful gusts of pain and suffering. I was caught in a hurricane and desperately trying to hold on... to anything. Yet in the midst of my lamentations, God's love was so consistent and available. His love broke through my self-reliance and my do-it-yourself approach to fighting cancer.