Growing Your Faith

Perspective in the Pain

by Lori Hartin on March 3, 2017
Perspective in the Pain
“I feel like it’s all a show,” my friend told me. We were discussing a past experience with church. For a moment, I was reminded of Ariel Moore’s remark to her preacher father in the 1984 film Footloose, “I see the stage. I see the costumes. It’s show business, isn’t it?” My friend was disappointed and hurt by those who seemed closest to...
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A Meal, a Manager...and a Message

A Meal, a Manager...and a Message

by Lori Hartin on January 18, 2017
Because sometimes when you just can’t seem to go on…God sends a message to remind you that you can. And because sometimes He knows you’ve cried enough tears. Recently, a friend shared with me...
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Remember the Old

Remember the Old

by Guest Blogger Betty Predmore on November 21, 2016
Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. Isaiah 46:9 It blesses my heart to be needed by my kids, even my grown ones....
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School Starts This Week! Already?

School Starts This Week! Already?

by Guest Blogger Ruth Demers on August 16, 2016
“You must be so ready for school to start!” This is a question I always get at the end of summer break. My response? “Actually, no. Summer went by way too quickly.” You see, I am the mother...
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Pray and Color

Pray and Color

by Lori Hartin on July 11, 2016
The cover invites me to, “Try coloring as a bridge to an island of inner quiet and prayer.” Oh, how peaceful that sounds! And how my soul craves that inner quiet in noisy...
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A Nice Mom

A Nice Mom

by Guest Blogger Betty Predmore on May 11, 2016
I am on a field trip with my youngest daughter's class. There is nothing quite like being on a bus with a group of giggly 7-year-olds. We started our adventure at 6:30 a.m., which is a little...
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Waiting in the Storm

Waiting in the Storm

by Lori Hartin on March 14, 2016
Today marks the first day in several that El Niño hasn’t been pouring its buckets of much-needed rain on us. And although there weren’t any in our immediate area, yesterday I was reminded of the...
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He's Doing a New Thing

He's Doing a New Thing

by Lori Hartin on January 5, 2016
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?...” –Isaiah 43:18-19, MSG Happy...
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Peace-ing Together What is Broken

Peace-ing Together What is Broken

by Lori Hartin on November 9, 2015
“Finally, brothers and sisters, keep rejoicing and repair whatever is broken. Encourage each other, think as one, and live at peace; and God, the Author of love and peace, will remain with...
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Dependent on His Grace

Dependent on His Grace

by Lori Hartin on September 14, 2015
"I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don't for a moment escape God's notice." —Psalm 51:16-17, MSG This Psalm of repentance was written by...
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Well Dressed

Well Dressed

by Lori Hartin on August 11, 2015
This past weekend, my home church sponsored its second annual Girls Garden Party, a special day of pampering just for young ladies in their teen years. I’m excited to report that Ladybug Women’s...
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Barbara's Gift

Barbara's Gift

by Lori Hartin on June 26, 2015
"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and...
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Hospitality with Flair!

Hospitality with Flair!

by Lori Hartin on April 16, 2015
Today I discovered a great leader that personally ministered to me has gone to her true home in heaven. Priscilla Wilson Taylor was a district director for Women's Ministries with the Northern...
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Bones

Bones

by Lori Hartin on January 6, 2015
It never ceases to make me chuckle. It never ceases to make me wonder why she doesn’t figure it out. For the past few days, our pet Lab has been enjoying an oversized rawhide bone that she...
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Confessions of a Crazy Woman

Confessions of a Crazy Woman

by Erin Hinton on September 5, 2014
My life is busy. My house is a mess. I make a million lists a day and then forget where I put them. My brain is loud, my body is tired and my heart is pulled in a million different directions. I...
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