Episode 183

God spoke life into existence, but he didn’t merely say “Let there be people.” He said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” God had a special design in mind for mankind—for us to be like him. I’m reminded of something I wrote in my book Longing to Belong, which I’ll quote for you now.…

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Episode 182

Last week, I mentioned a book I wrote several years ago about how God kept his promise to be close to the broken hearted and save those who are crushed in spirit. In the book, The Lord is Close, I share the story of God’s faithfulness during a season of deep, overwhelming grief. In the…

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Episode 181

In the late 1990s, I wrote a book about how God kept his promise to be close to the broken hearted and save those who are crushed in spirit. I had buried my baby boy and cried countless tears. No pain has touched my life as deeply as the pain I felt when my son…

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Episode 180

Lately, my mind has been conforming to thought patterns out of sync with my preferred pattern of thinking. I desperately want to break out of the rut of negative thought patterns that my mind has settled into. Renewing my mind definitely takes effort, but it can be done. Everything is possible with God! Romans 12:2…

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Episode 179

Anybody else struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep? Since I was a little girl, I’ve had a hard time slowing down my mind and/or my body when the clock says it’s time for bed. Perhaps that’s why I’m so familiar with the verses I’ll be reading for you today. Psalm 63 serves as a…

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Episode 178

My daughter gave me the idea of which scripture to share with you in this week’s episode, and I can’t believe that after 178 episodes, I still haven’t featured the much-loved verses I’ll be reading today. Thank you, Sarah, for the inspiration! I know the verses by heart that provide the foundation for the truth…

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Episode 177

This week’s declaration comes from Psalm 118, which I keep coming back to read as if God doesn’t want me to miss something hiding there. Two of the verses in Psalm 118 inspired today’s declaration, which has the power to bring life just by speaking it. Psalm 118:24 has provided the lyrics to a number…

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Episode 176

I pulled this week’s declaration out of Ephesians 3:14-19, which comes just a couple verses after Paul writes of how God has welcomed us to come boldly and confidently into his presence because of Jesus. It’s no wonder the passage opens with Paul talking about falling to his knees. The passage closes with Paul saying…

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Episode 175

When I was a little girl, I dressed up for church. I dressed up for parties. I dressed up for dining out. These days, I rarely get dressed up. Maybe that’s why today’s declaration makes me smile. Its wonderful news is tucked into a Bible verse at the end of the chapter in Isaiah that…

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Episode 174

Our Bibles contain tons of examples of God helping his people snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. Both Gideon with his tiny band of warriors and Jehoshaphat with all the fighting men of Israel were outnumbered. Then there’s David with his sling shot aimed at a giant and the early church with their…

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