Hidden Joy {Giveaway}

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Hidden Joy {Giveaway}

If you know me even a little, you probably know one of my favorite authors is Wendy Blight. Earlier this week I decided to add a new Page to my blog entitled “Book Reviews.” And as I searched my previous posts containing reviews I’ve done or authors I’ve had as guests, I noticed something…I haven’t actually posted a review of any of Wendy Blight’s books!

We are always inspired by those who have overcome insurmountable odds and Wendy’s testimony of God’s powerful work in her life is no exception.

Barely two pages into the first chapter we find Wendy in the darkest of places. The victim of a horrific crime. Wendy was raped.

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Letters from my Father’s Murderer {Giveaway}

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Letters from my Father’s Murderer {Giveaway}

Could you forgive the person who murdered your father and then become FRIENDS with that person? I doubt Laurie Coombs thought this would be possible, but through God’s power, grace, and the Holy Spirit, that’s exactly what happened.

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#10MinutesMatter

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#10MinutesMatter

Scenario…you’ve finished a task and you have to leave in 10 minutes. You don’t have enough time to start a new task. What do you do?

Spend the next 10 minutes on Social Media?

Work on your selfie?

This is something I face everyday at least once. I’ll finished working on a task only to find I won’t have enough time to start/finish something else before I have to leave for a meeting, teach, or just plain have to leave.
Over the past few months I’ve created a little list for myself to help make those 10 minutes (sometimes less) matter. I hope you find them helpful!

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The Commandments: Honor Me with your time

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The Commandments: Honor Me with your time

Well, this is a very well timed post, at least for me it is…even though it’s been over a month since I posted :/. Thank you for your patience, my time in with my family in Texas was wonderful!

Right now, everything seems to be converging on me, between preparations for Vacation Bible School, Confirmation Celebration this weekend which includes the Luncheon on Saturday, Teacher Appreciation Week is going on right now (I’m a room mom, so I’m having to break out my crafty side…or lack thereof, thank goodness for Pinterest), I’m on the Call Committee for our church as we search for a new pastor, I just spent three hours…yes three hours writing a test for my 7th-8th class…which many will breeze through in 30min, plus a handful of other responsibilities begging for my attention.

Therefore, here I am, on my day off, trying to get things done. I can feel my stress level adding at least a dozen grey hairs on my head and my heart keeps fluttering in my chest. (Ok, I should probably get the fluttering checked out O_0, or at least cut back on my coffee consumption.)

What happened to my peace? How did I end up like this if I am faithful in worship every week?

The reason is this…there is more about the Sabbath than what we do in worship on Sunday, or whatever day you go to worship.

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Would You Consider Helping Us Bring Our Children Home from Ethiopia?

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Abeng and Judiber BlogWhat an incredible honor to have been invited here by Heather to write this post! Heather and I met several years ago at a conference called She Speaks, and we’ve kept in contact ever since. Heather is an incredible woman of God who has a heart for God’s mission, which is evidenced by this invitation.

I’ve been writing quite a bit about what God has done through our adoption lately over on my blog, LaurieCoombs.org. If you’re interested in those articles, here are their links:

Do Not Give Up

Filly Convinced

All It Took Was One Word

Will You Hold Onto the Faith?

Twenty-One Days: A Glimpse Behind the Curtain

God is just so incredibly good! He has once again done the impossible right before my very eyes, and I cannot help but sing His praises. As many of you already know, this has been an epic journey. What was supposed to take one to two years has turned into five (by the time they’re home). It’s been quite a journey. My family and I have grown in patience and compassion. Our hearts have been tested time and again. And every one of us (our two daughters included) can most assuredly say that our faith has been tested and has come out greater than before. It is trials that grow our faith, and this journey has been chalk full of them.

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The Commandments: Honor My Name

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The Commandments: Honor My Name

After working on our verses for Week Three I ended up with far more material than I anticipated…for ONE verse. Therefore, for the sake of keeping things in happy digestible chunks, I’m going to split this lesson in half.

The beauty is you can complete these at your own pace, so no worries anyway! I’m not going to breathe down your neck to see whether or not you have completed the lessons “on time.” These lessons are provided so that you have an opportunity to grow closer to God at your own pace. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying excavating through God’s Word and finding such incredible treasures to share!

I am leaving for Texas on Wednesday evening for my sister’s wedding, but I will be around to answer any questions y’all may leave in the comments below.

With that in mind, here.we.go!

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The Commandments: First things first.

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The Commandments: First things first.

Welcome back!

Before we dig in, I have two questions for you.

  1. What is the most surprising Truth you learned last week?
  2. How can I pray for you today?

Here is this week’s key Scripture from Deuteronomy 6:5

VOW wk 2And without further ado, this week’s lesson!

Rather than flip back and forth between Exodus Chapter twenty and Deuteronomy Chapter five, we will use the Commandments as listed in Exodus Chapter twenty. This week we will explore verses 1-6. Begin by reading those verses. Read the rest of this entry