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Loving Yourself the Way God Loves You

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Loving Yourself the Way God Loves You

So what exactly does it look like to love yourself the way God loves you? If you’re already squirming at that question, hang in there. Let’s go back to what we know about God: God is good, God is truth itself, God knows us inside and out, and God made us. So when we look at ourselves the way that God looks at us it’s with real, actual 2020 vision. God knows all your faults, all your sins, all the things that are less than awesome about you. But as the saying goes, God knows your sin but He calls...

Jesus is Asking: Will You Let Me In?

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Jesus is Asking: Will You Let Me In?

Just like we talked about last month in our discussion about community, many wounds affects our self-worth. These wounds come about when our mind is shaped by our own perceptions of ourselves in comparison to the rest of the world or as a result of the way that we are treated by others who do not view us in alignment with the truth. And these are the places that the Lord is gently asking: will you let me in? If you were bullied, if you were belittled, if you were called names, if you were made to feel less than...

Learning the Voice of God

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Learning the Voice of God

Do you ever feel like you just want God to tell you what he wants you to do? What would you say if I told you that that was a lot more possible than you might imagine? I have had mentors teach me how to listen to the voice of God in my life and in my prayer time, and it has radically changed my life. Today I am sharing with you a virtual, on-demand workshop that I created to help you start to do the same. This is not magic, this is not coercing God into doing something he...

Pride vs. Humility in the Conversation about Self Worth

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Pride vs. Humility in the Conversation about Self Worth

Oh self-worth. Such a fun and contentious topic both in and outside the church. I think conversations about self-worth can get a bad rap in the church because of confusion about the nature of pride and humility, so I think that’s where we need to start this month. What is pride and what is it not? What is humility and what is it not? Pride is the root from which so many sins grow, and essentially it stems from a faulty sense that we are above God – that we do not need him and are self-sufficient, deserving praise ourselves...

Sometimes It All Comes Down to Being Brave

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Sometimes It All Comes Down to Being Brave

We've been talking all month about healing wounds that can come with community, but I think there's also a virtue that we need to dedicate some space to: courage. A lot of time people think of something like patience or trust as the core virtue we need to step into community, but I think for a lot of us, especially those of us with wounds (that is, ahem, all of us) courage is actually the core virtue we need to step out again in community. And you know what? I think you are way braver than you think you are....

FYI: God Wants Your Joy

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FYI: God Wants Your Joy

FYI: God doesn’t want you to be miserable in community. Sticking it out through awful, harmful, potentially damaging community situations is not what God intends for you when we extol the virtues of community. I think this is where so many of us get it wrong. We know that a thing is good, we know that God desires us to partake in it, and so we gut it out, hoping that someday we will be able to see where the good was. Now I don’t want to devalue doing hard things and persevering and beautiful virtue building experiences like that,...

Let's Pray Together Today

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Let's Pray Together Today

Last week I shared a simple process to start looking at really why there are lies and issues around community and your own heart in life with the help of Jesus is all knowing gaze. Today I want to help you embrace that process even more through our prayer episode of the podcast. I’m going to keep this reflection quite short because I really want to stress the importance of taking that time with the Lord - and I definitely invite you to do that with the podcast but if you prefer to pray on your own, please do that....

Getting to the Roots of our Community Issues

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Getting to the Roots of our Community Issues

Last week we started chatting about the wounds and traumas that we may have had in community and why it’s worth it to work on those things so that we can embrace the good and the joy that God wants to give us through community. Today I want to give you some more tools to help you uncover the roots of any issues you might have with community so that you can bring those origin stories to the Lord for him to speak into. Sound good? Amazing. (This is really a preview of what we’ll be doing next week in...

Do You Have Community Inflicted Wounds?

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Do You Have Community Inflicted Wounds?

Today begins our month fighting the lie that we will always be lonely. Although I think a lot of us don’t believe that this is necessarily the “truth“ or even something that we would say that we believe, I think we subtly act on this lie in a lot of ways. So many wounds can feed into this: feeling like we don’t fit in, feeling like our input or voice is not valued, specific people that have hurt us in community, and even just our own desire to self protect from future wounds we see being an inherent part of...

Bible Verses to Help You Grow in Wisdom

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Bible Verses to Help You Grow in Wisdom

 BIBLE VERSES THAT WILL HELP YOU GROW IN WISDOM The wisdom of God is the elixir of life. There is no challenge that God’s wisdom cannot conquer. This is why we must be filled with God’s wisdom on earth here. The devil is all out to confuse and ridicule believers, but with God’s wisdom, we will overcome him. Indeed, God’s wisdom is invincible. When Solomon received God’s wisdom, he enjoyed rest all through his reign his Israel and no other kingdom was able to infiltrate his government. This is exactly how a life that is filled with God’s wisdom is....

Thank God for Every Little Bit of Progress

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Thank God for Every Little Bit of Progress

Last week we talked about hunting down this lie wherever it might be hiding in our minds, and that truly is hard work. We might think we got everything only to discover that there’s still a little weed patch that keeps popping up every once in a while. We may need to go back and do the work over and over again, but today I want to talk about allowing gratitude for our progress, whatever it might be, to help encourage us in peace. See, the enemy has just a few core game plans, and though I’m not usually a...

20 Bible Verses For Encouragement

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20 Bible Verses For Encouragement

We all Need A Hand. Who likes failure or failing? No one does but failure and success are cousins, they are forever present in our lives. When we fail we often fall into a trap of discouragement which has a way of twisting the truth even for the best of us. That you are not good enough, it was pure lack, you will never recover or that you are engineered to fail. The truth is that for most of us life will not turn out exactly how we opened or planned. And during these seasons we experience doubt, anger, despair...

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