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From Regret to Reset (Pt.2)

"He has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecclesiastes 3:11 Last week, I had the most amazing time with my sisters and our husbands. We stayed up laughing and talking about moments from our childhood one day and went on a triple date to a local board game...

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From Regret to Reset (Pt.1)

"...And he went out and wept bitterly" Matthew 26:75 There is something beautiful about entering the spring season. Upon its arrival, we are met with moments of reflection, anticipation, and reminders of present potential and future promises. From the fresh crisp...

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The Purpose of it All (Pt 3)

The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” -Luke 10:37 Now that we have a better understanding of the work that pleases God, I'd like us to return to our original question, “What does praise from God look like?”...

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The Purpose of it All (Pt 2)

But few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42 What work pleases God? Simply put, work that pleases God must first be work that He has instructed us to do,be it the work of our hand...

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The Purpose of It All (Pt.1)

Learning to Seek Praise from God with Work that pleases Him "And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people." Romans 2:29 NLT One hot and muggy summer day, I sat outside writing in my journal. Mentally preparing for this list of things I...

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What’s New In 2022

I hope your New Year is off to a great start! This blog is going to be full of new and exciting information that I pray will be a huge blessing to you in 2022. It is such an honor to serve you going into this new year. My heart is to help you carry the task...

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Christmas with an Unwelcome Intruder

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. -Luke 2:10 Today, I wanted to share some hope and encouragement with you as we head into the Christmas Holiday. My family and I have already...

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Part 3: It’s Time to Break Free

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  -Psalms 91:2 God is my protector! These words, although true, have not always been easy for me to speak. I have had experiences and grieved hurts that made me wonder if this was...

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Part 2: It’s Time to Break Free

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. –Psalms 23:4 Back in my college days, I was forced to read a 423 page Novel called, “The Fellowship of the Rings” for an...

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The Gift of Simplifying Success

Simplifying Success as Obedience By: Somer Phoebus of She Works His Way Hiii, I Can't Come Down new friends! We’re Michelle + Somer, and any friend of Rachel’s is a friend of ours. We share a similar passion for living the gospel at work – one idea in particular of...

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The Gift of Deep Healing and Trust

Here in Ohio, we have three and a half seasons. Autumn, Winter, Winter, Summer. It's safe to say that summer doesn't last long and Winter overstays its welcome. Nonetheless, Summer has gone and Autumn is here and this month I get the opportunity to celebrate both...

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Are you Sharpen-able? (Part 3)

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." -Proverbs 27:17 "Rachel, it's not about you all the time." My sister yelled in frustration. I cringed in shock as she said these words to me. "Other people have things going on, and you're so busy talking...

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Are You Sharpen-able? (Pt.2)

"When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned." Galatians 2:11 I often wonder how Peter felt after he and the other disciples openly accepted Paul only for Paul to turn around a few verses later and rebuke him for his...

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Introduction: Are you Sharpen-able?

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24) No one likes to be told areas where they could improve, especially when there have been times that someone gave "crushing criticism" masked as "constructive criticism’"....

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Uncomplicating Prayer Part 3

"...Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." Luke 11:1 Not long after my time of awareness, I walked my daughter through a similar journey. “Gabby, it’s your turn to pray!” I said to my daughter as we sat around the kitchen table for our family...

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Uncomplicating Prayer Part 2

"My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." Matthew 26:39 “Rachel, just talk to Me.” These words rang in my mind for days as I wrestled with what I knew about prayer versus what I felt God wanted me to...

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Uncomplicating Prayer: Introduction

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16 I’ve spent a significant part of my life as a Christ-follower. In my late teens and early 20’s, I...

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The Trailblazer Leap

"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me." John 6:38 Oftentimes as we go from what is familiar to the unfamiliar, we tend to envision what could go wrong rather than planning for what could go right. It’s like our...

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The Shepherd’s Leap

"The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you." Genesis 12:1 I love palm trees, sunny blue skies, summer dresses, and flip-flops. Unfortunately, where I live has grey clouds and requires snow...

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The Builder Leap

"and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long...

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The Tentmaker Leap

You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me. Acts 20:34 One of the first ministries my husband and I started was around 2016 while we were still working full-time jobs and raising a house full of...

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The Fisherman Leap

Taking the Leap Series: 2 of 6 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to...

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Taking the Leap Devotional Introduction

Taking the Leap Series: 1 of 6 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 One day as I was teaching my writer's course, I listened as a student shared how she had been...

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The Gift of Learning to Linger

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5 Most mornings I wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face, and head upstairs to check the weather. Here in Ohio, the weather is what I would like to call, unpredictable. Currently, as...

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Our World Needs YOU

"Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?"  (Matthew 6:26 NIV) The other day my son shared a video with me of him blocking another kid on the...

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5 Simple Tips to Help you Focus

Did you know that focus is a choice? As we continue to adapt to the changing conditions around us, we can choose if we will be distracted or focused in each moment. Here is the catch, how we choose to focus today should not be based on how we chose to focus...

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Church Hurt, Friendship, and Healing

Today's blog is brought to you by, Healing! Have you ever met a homeless person who decided to never live in a home because someone in the home hurt them? There may be a few but most often, life circumstances have led them to this place and they would do anything...

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I Almost Gave Up

Can I be honest? As I write this email I am feeling a lot of real and raw emotions. I am stepping into unknown and uncomfortable territory in many areas of my life and... I want to stall I want to stop I want to go back to my comfort zone I want to sit in the...

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Getting Past the Rough Part

One Sunday, my children and I sat around the kitchen table having our Sunday Brunch & Bible Study. Although our church has started back in-person service, we have not yet returned. One reason is that there are some clear things God is cultivating in my home...

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A powerful lesson I learned Sunday

Yesterday evening my husband and I were talking in the car on the way home from our Valentine date and he began to share with me a story about his time with God a few weeks ago. He was on a walk and started to ask God questions. He had already shared with me bits...

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About this ‘Little’ Light of Mine

A couple months ago, my children and I were headed to the fruit farm to grab some of our favorite apples. On the way there, we had a debate about the song, "This little light of mine." My children seem to think that THIS version was the original version. I was...

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Have you heard of the Posture of Pause

Did you know that as the need for God's people to show up increases, the enemy is getting craftier in the obstacles he is presenting to hinder us. If that is where you have found yourself, can I tell you, "you are not alone." The enemy is working overtime in this...

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What I did in 2020 to Turn Lemons into Lemonade

2020 was all about doing the hard, uncomfortable, tasking work that I had put off for years. It was the year I stopped making excuses and started making changes. I’ve often wondered how people achieved certain levels of success. Especially when social media makes...

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