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Wordless Groans

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In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. —Romans 8:26 The winter months are my long, cold, dark days.  This is when I tend to be pulled to the dark corners of

Oh, Son of God (FREE Song Download!)

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“I remember the first time I heard the song, ‘Oh, Son of God.’”  Francesca Battistelli says. “I didn’t know what to expect, but the haunting melody and sweeping arrangement took my breath away.  I don’t often record songs I didn’t write, but this was an opportunity I didn’t want to let go.  It’s a beautiful

Post It!

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Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. —Psalm 119:11 kjv In Deuteronomy the Lord instructed the Israelites regarding how they were to respond to God’s counsel: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children,

That’ll Leave a Mark

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I’m a preacher’s kid—not just some preacher from some church on some corner somewhere, but a preacher and church that is literally known around the globe. And when I was a wee one, I had a knack for making sure other people knew it. My life-long childhood friends tell me that whenever I wanted to

A Holy Hug

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Last September, just days after Kelly Gaygen and her sister attended the Women of Faith event in Rochester, NY, Kelly watched her 83-year-old mother’s life ebbed away. “I was exhausted, but God gave me the strength to do what He had called me to do. I watched the Gaither Gospel Hour on Sunday and who

God’s Thoughts

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Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them—any more than I could count the sand of the sea. —Psalm 139:17–18 msg Did you know that the God of the universe, the sovereign ruler over all the earth is thinking about you? Our president has the people

Learning to Say No

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After months of scrimping and saving, [my husband] and I had enough to put an offer on a house we’d fallen in love with. Our offer was accepted, and a moving date was set for five weeks later. I reveled in the joy for about a second, when the reality of the situation finally hit.

In God’s Hands

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My story starts in 2006 when Mark, my husband of 16 years says “Why don’t we adopt?”  Mind you, we had two boys, (13 and 15 years old) already and we were well on our way to enjoying the teenager years with them—no more potty training or sleepless nights.  I was thrilled with the idea

Music to Unwrap the Bible By

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Our first-ever national Bible study event, Unwrap the Bible, is this weekend in Houston, TX. Since women are coming together from all across the country and from all across town (Houston covers a lot of territory) we thought a little road trip music was in order. We asked our Unwrap the Bible speakers to pick

Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence

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Something deep inside each of us longs to count.  We want to matter to the world.  We long to make a difference.  We get bored, tired, even depressed by routine and monotony.  We’re desperate for significance.  We’re searching for acknowledgment.  We beam when someone says, “You matter.”  We seek praise, accolades, and awards, but somehow