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10 WAYS TO LOVE YOURSELF TO THE GLORY OF GOD

For years I thought being a good Christian meant loving myself less and putting myself last. I made a noble attempt to love God and others while sincerely trying to think less of myself. But my efforts resulted in an unholy, self-loathing God never intended. As I studied and talked to God about what it…

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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT LOVING YOURSELF?

Do you love yourself? Are you taking care of yourself as one of God’s image-bearers? Do you feel guilty when you do something for you? Do you put everyone else first, even to the detriment of your spiritual and physical health? If you’re having trouble answering these questions or are unsure about the answers you’ve…

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“MOMMA, ARE YOU MAD?”

For most of my life my priorities looked something like this: God first, others second (“others” is a looong list), and myself last. To have it any other way felt selfish and unchristian. But my noble attempt to live like Jesus turned into an unholy, self-loathing God never intended. He’s teaching me a better way….

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HAVE YOU HEARD?

Have you heard about Jesus? He’s everything, you know? The Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and Friend. He’s the Healer, the Great Physician, and the Lover of your soul. He’s God’s Son. His favorite child. His only begotten one. He’s the Savior! Have you heard about Jesus? No, really? Have you heard?…

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HOW I’M OBSERVING LENT AS A SOUTHERN BAPTIST

What are you giving up for Lent? As a Southern Baptist girl from small town Alabama, I’d never been asked that question until we moved to New Orleans. Other than what I’d learned as a religion major at Samford University I knew very little about Lent but I was interested in learning from those who…

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WHEN OBEDIENCE IS AS EASY AS PIE

Ever have those days when you don’t feel like doing anything? Well today is one of those days for me. There are lots of to-do’s on my list but no motivation to-do any of them. I seriously consider a Netflix marathon in the comfort of my bed and then I try what millions of us…

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FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM MY TRIP TO AFRICA

Going to Africa last year was an amazing experience. But if you ask me, “How was your trip to Africa?” I’ll likely share very little. For a woman who’s never been short on words, even I’m surprised that I haven’t had more to say. Like a cherished love note, I’ve held my journey to Africa…

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WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MARRIAGE FROM A MARATHON

I didn’t know how hard marriage would be. It’s not that no one told me. It’s just that I thought ours would be different. In the Beginning We married in 1987 as I was finishing my junior year at Samford University. I was a full-time student, commuting 1.5 hours one way, and working a part-time…

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TWO RECIPES: ONE FOR YOUR HUNGRY FAMILY AND ONE FOR YOUR HEART

Do you need a new recipe that’s an easy, crowd-pleaser in a bowl? Of course, you do! But you’re probably thinking, “New recipes take a little extra time and effort and often require new pantry ingredients.” You’re right. But I promise this one’s worth it. It’s a family favorite around here and a regular in…

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