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Brittney Moses Quote

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“While I understand that praying for things to work out perfectly is ideal we can’t forget that God lets us learn though trials and mistakes. So don’t be discouraged when God answers with a lesson. Some growth only comes by experience.”

Matthew West-All In Edits

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Starting Monday, I’ll be sharing the edits I made for all the songs on Matthew West’s latest album: All In. As usual, they’re of my favorite lyrics, and I’ll include a link to the YouTube video (if possible). I actually got to see him in concert and it was really powerful. If you haven’t listened to his album yet, I highly recommend it.

Value & Worth

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Spiritual Squirrel Meme

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If you don’t understand this, then you’re old. Just kidding! I kinda wish I didn’t understand this. Allow me to explain (even though that kinda ruins it). There’s a song from a few years ago called Watch Me by Silento. It quickly became popular, and the lyrics were heard everywhere, including the iconic, meme-inspiring words: Watch me whip, whip, watch me nay-nay. Don’t ask me what that means. It’s just some weird dance moves. Now that you have some background, enjoy this adorable squirrel meme.

Holy Spirit: Funny but True

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Morgan Harper Nichols Poem

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In the very worst condition

my should could ever be,

You paid my greatest debt,

by love, You set me free.

15 Ways to Care for Your Soul

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This was created by Nicki Koziarz, the author of Why Me? Proverbs 31 Ministries is starting an Online Bible Study over the book today. The study goes from April 9-May 18. You can sign up here. Here’s the blurb for the book and the focus of the study: Nicki Koziarz uncovers six truths we need to hear when trying to measure up leaves you falling behind. Because truth, like always, will set us free. And free women don’t have to measure up to anybody. Not even her.

Ladies, I’m betting you need this truth in your life.

Guys, tell your girlfriend, wife, mom, sister, or any other woman in your life.

Confidence in Christ

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God vs. G-d

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I’ve noticed since I’ve been in Israel that Jews avoid saying or writing the name of God. They call him HaShem (the name) or Elohim. When writing in Hebrew, they use השם, אלהים. In English, G-d. I understand that they do this out of respect. However, I have a different way of showing respect. First of all, I don’t shy away from using God’s many names in praise and worship. Second of all, I capitalize pronouns related to God. For example, He, Him, You, Who. I do this as a way of setting Him apart and showing respect. You may think that both the Jewish and Christian way of saying and writing God’s name are correct. However, I find the Jewish way offensive. Consider how curse words are censored. Symbols are used in place of letters in an attempt to make the word more appropriate. Why would anyone censor God’s name the way cuss words are censored? Since when is censoring showing respect for the word? Additionally, people use words in place of cuss words so they don’t seem as bad. Some people argue that using these words is as bad as cursing because they use them to have the same meaning as the curse words. Thus, how is saying HaShem different from saying God, when you are referring to God? Conversely, capitalization is a sign of respect. Important words are often capitalized for emphasis and out of reverence. Capital pronouns were even used for royalty. Also, saying God’s name is a form of praise and worship, not blasphemy and disrespect. One way I show respect for God is by using His many names when I sing to Him. In doing so, I am recognizing His sovereignty and His character. In conclusion, why would anyone treat God’s good name like a bad word? Like good words, God’s name should be used and glorified.

Prayer J.A.R. Day 5

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Yesterday’s prayer J.A.R. challenge was to praise God for who He is and what He has done. 

This was interesting because it went deeper than just thanking Him for things that went well during my day. It was quite an experience to think about who He is, and praise Him by all of the names that describe His character: Rock, Provider, Merciful One, Lover of My Soul. 

When I got to the “what He has done” part, I didn’t think just about the things He has done for me recently, but also the things He has done for me since the beginning of time. Creating me, sending His Son to die for my sins, forgiving me, loving me unconditionally, blessing me when I don’t deserve it. 

I started thinking about all the little things He does for me everyday. As an example, I thought about if I was crossing the steeet and didn’t see a car coming, but God intervened and got the driver’s attention so they saw me and stopped. I would probably never know that even happened, but God was there, watching over me. 

There’s a quote (there always is, right?) about how God is always working in our lives. 

God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of 3 of them. 

-John Piper

I find that so encouraging! Even when I feel like God isn’t doing anything, He is working behind-the-scenes to make everything work together for my good.