Seeing Beauty in Every Season

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Over the weekend, a lady and I swapped stories of moving to this part of the country.  We agreed that among the many things to love, one of the highlights of living in southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia is getting to enjoy all four seasons. I’ve always loved fall and all it entails – the changing leaves, the crisp air, … Read More

Expecting Triumph

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“Take the very hardest thing in your life – the place of difficulty, outward or inward, and expect God to triumph gloriously in that very spot. Just there He can bring your soul into blossom.” –Lilias Trotter It sounds so counterintuitive, doesn’t it?  The hardest places in life are where we often question – not anticipate – God’s ability to … Read More

Is Ministry Really My Calling?

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Calling. It’s a word used frequently in Christian circles, typically in reference to location, vocation, or a particular ministry.  We make statements like, “God called our family to South America” or “I was called to be a pastor” or “I feel called to youth ministry.” When the Bible speaks of calling, it most often refers to worship (calling on God), … Read More

A Work of Art

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Today I’m pleased to introduce you to Elise Gilmore, my first-ever guest blogger.  I hope you are as encouraged by her words as I am.  Enjoy! One of my favorite places in New York City is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  During both my visits to the city, I had the chance to spend hours immersing myself in the breathtaking … Read More