When you are reading to your children…

When you are reading to your children…
Reading books is one of the healthiest, most intimate ways you can spend time with your children.
Our house used to be filled with books until they slowly started to become shredded cardboard and paper, a consequence of raising toddlers. Thankfully, we tend to receive loads of them from neighbors and friends as hand-me-downs.  
One day, as I was cleaning the house, I sat down to take a read over some of the hand-me-down books we received. I was surprised to find that not all children’s books have the right message.

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Embracing Humility (Finale: Applying Humility)

Embracing Humility (Finale: Applying Humility)
Most people, especially Christians, know that humility is important. Humility is good. Pride is bad. This much is usually very clear.
However, the motivation to be humble does not necessarily propel proper execution. Basically, what does a humble Christian look like these days?  

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When you want a stronger faith…

When you want a stronger faith…
Do you ever get frustrated with your faith?
The expectations for an ideal Christian life are impossible to meet by our own strength. Forgive those that have hurt us? Bless those that have cursed us? Serve the unworthy? Heal the sick? Cast out demons? Sometimes, we pat ourselves on the back for just being able to get out of bed in one piece! But, to live purely, powerfully, and passionately for Christ on the day-to-day?

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Tips & Tools for Your Devotional Life

Tips & Tools for Your Devotional Life
You can’t be stingy when it comes to spending time with God. I have learned from the example of both King David and King Solomon that you must give the best of yourself when approaching God. You can’t expect to receive lavishly if you do not give lavishly. In exchange for His Presence, He asks you to give Him yours.

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How young families can have a meaningful Christmas season

How young families can have a meaningful Christmas season
When the holiday season rolls around, I have found that many young families feel the pressure to “do the season right.” It begins with this ideal in your head. You imagine your children happily decorating a Christmas tree. You envision cheerful Christmas card photos. There are traditions to build, parties to attend, and pictures to take. However, any holiday that has a heavy emphasis on gifts and sugar can be a recipe for disaster, especially for families with young children.

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5 Traps of a Powerless Person

5 Traps of a Powerless Person
Part of my job is to counsel people. Everyone’s story is real, and it has always been my privilege to hear them. Some of my greatest joys is watching a brave soul rise from the pits of negativity and walk into a brighter, stronger life. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to make such a step. I always take note when a person is having an extra difficult time attaining breakthrough. Part of the challenge is to discover where the block is; it could be pain, loss, or rejection. Continue reading “5 Traps of a Powerless Person”

Resources to Help Activate Your Prayer Life

Resources to Help Activate Your Prayer Life
Prayer is powerful. Yet, it’s not something that just naturally happens to you. It’s a skill that needs to be worked on. It’s also a gift that needs to be activated. Out of all the questions the disciples could have asked Jesus Christ, they asked Him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). Funny enough, it’s the prayer life that tends to frustrate Christians the most, because many do not know how to do it properly. Many don’t find joy in it, because it’s such a powerless aspect of their devotional life. All of which makes it even more difficult to pray often.

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3 simple ways to not feel “stuck” with Christ

3 simple ways to not feel “stuck” with Christ
People often ask me what to do when they feel “stuck” in their ability to get deeper with Christ. In other words, they have a difficult time connecting with Jesus in their prayer and Bible reading. Now, this is something that I can talk about for hours on end. I have definitely had my share of Bible slamming, frustrated journaling, and the “Forget it, I’m just going to watch TV” moments. The following is a few of many tips for the Christian that is unable to hear from God.

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Something to add onto your Devotional Life…

Something to add onto your Devotional Life…
So many people ask me for book recommendations, especially if they are struggling with intimacy with the Lord. If you are struggling with intimacy with the Lord, I would say that you would want to be reading the Bible rather than any other book.  
Screen Shot 2017-10-28 at 5.03.30 PMI am a huge fan of finding books that can elevate my walk with the Lord. I would find a lot of inspiring ones, some that are revelatory as well. Although I have read quite a bit about revelation, prophecy, and spiritual experiences, the conclusion is usually just to pray and read the Bible for yourself so that you can truly know what these authors are speaking of. However, there are a few resources out there that I’ve come across that provides guiding steps towards this endeavor. A Path Through Mighty Waters: A Personal Trainer for the Soul by Benjamin Robinson has been an extremely practical book that has added unto my devotion to the Lord. I believe Scripture meditation is a lost art. However, Pastor Benjamin’s teaching on meditation and memorization is relevant, simple, and motivating. I recommend it to anyone who wants to take their devotional life to another level.