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Little Becomes Much: Simply Show God’s Love

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When we reflect Jesus, our simple actions turn into meaningful acts. What may not take a lot of time or effort for us can mean a lot to the recipient.
 

Make Disciples: Pouring Your Life into Others

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We all are pouring from our lives into others. The question is, “What sort of life am I pouring into them and why is it important?”

Partner with Me: Take me. Show me. Let me do missions with you.

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Think back a moment. Where were you when you first fell in love with missions? Who were you with? What were you doing? Was your first missions experience frightful or fulfilling? Think. What do you wish had been different? What do you know now that you wish you had known then?

Put Out the Welcome Mat for Those with Special Needs

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One Sunday morning in 2002, Laura DiFatta arrived at her church nursery’s check-in desk with her visiting niece in her arms. Seeing a child with special needs, the nursery greeter explained that the church was unable to care for the little girl.

Refugees Are Here: What Now?

You hear the news—refugees are being sent to your city. Hardly any time passes and it happens. “They” are really here. “They” start appearing in the grocery store, lining up to enroll their children in school, and sitting in the doctor’s waiting room with you.

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Chin Up: Show God’s Love by Investing in New Relationships

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I struggled to think of a single name to write in the blank of my guided prayer journal. “Name three people you interact with on a weekly basis that need to know of God’s love,” read the day’s assignment.

Discipleship: Nurture, Don't Abandon, New Christians

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While on a family outing in a park, a friend of mine heard a cry coming from a cardboard box. In the box was an abandoned newborn girl. My friend’s family took her home and eventually adopted her. We read this and think, “How sad! How could someone abandon a newborn?”

Internationals Flock to America: Who Is in Your Backyard?

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A large oak tree in my backyard serves as the host tree for an entire “nation” of birds. They come in pairs; they come alone. They come seasonally; they remain for months. They are large and small, beautiful and simple. Their colors are brilliant: red, blue, brown, black, orange, and yellow. They come and they go. Their attraction undoubtedly is the bird feeder my husband faithfully fills. Some eat directly from it; others feed on the seed scattered from the populated feeder.

Watching this convention of birds from my back porch, I thought of the visits, short and long, of internationals in America. Obviously, all analogies fall short at some point, yet I could not help but recognize similarities.

Friendship: Finding Soul Healers

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The desire for meaningful friendship is universal for women. Finding a companion who laughs at the same quirky situations and relishes similar pastimes is a cherished jewel.

Get Real: Parenting Millennials Requires Authenticity and Vulnerability

Parenting Millennials

A godly woman once shared, “Laura, you will always love your children more than your parents.” I was startled and a bit horrified by that statement back then but have come to understand it as I’ve grown older.

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