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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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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Getting the anger out – A Devotional

July 21, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 4

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Colossians 3:8 NIV — I gripped a branch like a baseball bat and stared at the tree trunk to my right. It was a thin, yet tall, tree growing along my favorite…

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New Ground – A Devotional

July 14, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 2

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV — The overhead “ding” signaled it was time. Our plane was about to take off for Guatemala. Although I’d prepared for the trip…

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