Everyday Ordinary Story: Serving God & Others everyday ordinary story marriage serving god serving others

by Pamela Henkelman

My guy gathers the oatmeal, wheat flour, and buttermilk as he prepares our favorite Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes topped with blueberries. It’s our Friday morning routine as he moves with precision in the kitchen. He’s tidy and meticulous with each step. He cleans...

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Peaceful slumber might be closer than you think peace trusting god's plan

I had chronic nightmares as a kid. Every single night. There were 2 different ones, and I can still vividly remember them. I remember countless nights of waking up my mom or curling up on the floor of my parents’ room (or both). I remember other nights where I lay in bed, paralyzed with...

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Responding God's way (in God's power)

Recently, one of my teens and I butted heads. This is astounding to you, I know. I mean, if anyone has ever raised, known, or been a teenager, you know just how rarely they push back on anything their parents say. (I can’t use emojis on the blog, but if I could, you would see an...

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Is this how you would respond?

Look at the words Paul uses to describe how we are to interact: compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing, forgiving, loving, unity. These adjectives don’t describe many of the interactions I see around me today.

And we might be tempted to say, “Well,...

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Everyday Ordinary Story: Life is in the Messy Bits everday ordinary story

by Jennie Denney

An older woman was once asked by her grandson, “Wouldn't you have loved to skip over the messy bits of your life to this beautiful moment we find ourselves in right now?

She laughed and shook her head as she said, "Oh honey, life IS the messy bits."

How often have I wanted...

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Everyday Ordinary Story: Waiting Expectantly (Without Expectations) everday ordinary story

by Jodie Pine

Mom!” my teenage son cried out, unable to sleep with uncontrollable leg tremors and heart palpitations. When he uttered the words that he thought he was dying, I began throwing the essentials into his well worn hospital bag for another trip to the ER.

Three months...

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Have you been with Jesus?

Do you want to live a life of significance? Do you long to know you matter? Let me tell you a little secret, friend…

What we need is not a degree, a title, money, power, or fame. We need him. “His divine power,” Peter wrote, “has given us everything we need for a godly...

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Significance for Ordinary People
Sometimes I wonder if I’m good enough… if I’m doing enough… if I know enough. Sometimes, if I’m being honest, I wonder why anyone on earth listens to what I say (or reads what I write). After all, who am I? I’m not an expert. I don’t have a degree or a...
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Keep planting seeds

I spent so many years trying to control my kids. Every misbehavior, every bad attitude, felt like a direct reflection on me. Clearly I had failed. Clearly I was a failure.

This is toxic thinking, friend, and it is not from the Lord. He knows just as well as we do—better than we...

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Living in the tension of Lent
Listen, this is going to be a little uncomfortable, but it needs to be said. Are you ready?
 
Resurrection is always preceded by death.
 
Triumph comes out of hardship. Spring follows winter. Beauty comes from ashes.
 
We see this pattern in nature, in stories, in our own lives....
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