Scared to Follow – A Devotional

January 12, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17 I grew up in a church where an organ played to signal the service was almost over.  I usually felt relief when I heard the first chords play, but around fourth grade, I began to feel anxious. You…

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Surprise gift – A Devotional

January 5, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 0

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 (NIV) I could hardly sleep on Christmas Eve because I knew what awaited my sleeping daughter. A few weeks before Christmas, I…

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What 10 years of “One Word” has taught me

January 1, 2020 | Danielle | Faith | 2

Ten years ago, I sat down to write this journal entry: “Leading up to today, I’ve been excited. I’ve felt my heart stirring in anticipation of today’s reflection. I’m ready to put last year down and jump into 2010. I’m excited, plain and simple. When I look ahead, that’s what I see and feel. Excitement,…

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Sticky traps – A Devotional

December 15, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 3

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. -1 John 4:9 (ESV) We were hosting a guest at our kitchen table and gobbling fresh cookies for dessert when we all heard it:  a rustling in the…

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Embracing the Happy – A Devotional

August 25, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 1

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3, NIV. — “I’m good.” It only took me one second to say, but as soon as the words rolled off my tongue, conviction hit my heart. I quickly shifted around in the Panera booth to get more comfortable,…

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Racism at the bank – A devotional

August 19, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 1

So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me. Genesis 16:13, ESV — I’ll never forget the day I watched a racist bank customer refuse to let a woman of color help him.…

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Proud of being afraid – A Devotional

August 11, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 2

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10, NKJV — I’ve been afraid of birds most of my life. A colorful parakeet didn’t stay on its perch in…

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How to Find Joy – A Devotional

August 4, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8, NIV — “I feel joy!” My friend Nicole was radiating, her outward smile hinted at the magnitude of gratitude she felt…

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The Boss of Loss – A Devotional

July 28, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5, NIV — Several years ago, my friend Ashley nicknamed me “The Boss of Loss.” I was sitting across from a couple of my friends in a…

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