From “Mine” to “More”

“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” 2 Corinthians 9:11. One of the first words each of our four children voiced was “MINE!” It was a familiar expression as each tried their best to […]

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Lydia: A Woman of Purpose

In Tuesday’s post, Elaine Franklin shared how God brought together her purpose, mission, and skills to help others discover their ‘why.’ Today’s post, excerpted from our Extravagant God Bible study, explores the life of Lydia, a pillar and patron of the early church whose purpose became very clear when she encountered the Apostle Paul. If […]

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From Pain to Purpose

Truth is often revealed at our painful moments. When our youngest child left for college, my husband asked, “What are you going to do with the rest of your life?” That question opened a floodgate of emotions, and what followed was an epiphany revealed in a tearful, all-night conversation with God. It was a fair […]

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Share the Joy of Giving

Five women. Five different generosity journeys. Watch how God is working in the lives of couples and friends who are discovering great joy—together—in giving. To see more stories of generosity –

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Learning to Give Together

When we were first married, we approached giving to the Lord with our church tithe by looking to see what money was left over in our very tight newlywed budget. Walt was in medical school, I was teaching middle school, and there just weren’t any extra dollars left to give. We understood that God owned […]

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Should You Talk About Your Giving?

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good […]

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If the Shoe Fits, Wear it!

They were waiting for me, at the end of the aisle, calling me over. Perfect height: 2” heel, easy on the plantar fasciitis, sexy on the calf. Perfect fabric: suede, softer than a dachshund’s ear. Perfect color: the delectable blue of the sky before the stars come out, a color that complements every shade of […]

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How to Cultivate Quiet in a Busy, Noisy World

As Tuesday’s post explored—and as we’re all too well aware—seeking God in solitude is a challenge, particularly in this “I’m-always-available” world. So how can we “be still” and cultivate solitude in our lives? Jesus’ practices provide a model. He regularly, intentionally sought solitude, even in the midst of His busiest times of ministry. One example […]

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