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When Instant Gratification isn't Gratifying

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Posted by Xochi E. Dixon on

I opened the refrigerator door. Blink. Blink. Do I really want to go through all the trouble of preparing a healthy snack when there’s a small bag of chips in the pantry, less than 2 feet away? It would be easier and quicker if I snagged some Cheetos instead of taking time to pull out...

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Tags: faith, god, growth, hope, jesus, love

Where Does Jesus Live?

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Posted by Caren Clark on

“Where does Jesus live,” my little one asked. My thoughts were stirred by this earnest question. “What is His address,” is the question that followed. My little one was attempting to memorize our home address. As parents, we have all rehearsed these coordinates with our...

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Tags: bible, faith, hope, jesus, life

Seven Truths about Joyful Living

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Posted by Xochi E. Dixon on

During the last few weeks of my mom’s life, she embraced God’s ultimate healing and testified with a mantra of unshakeable peace and heart-deep joy: “God is good and that’s all there is to it.” In a recent study of Psalm 100, I discovered seven truths that help me...

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Tags: faith, hope, joy, worship

Hiding God’s Word in My Heart

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Posted by Xochi E. Dixon on

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” ~ Psalm 119:11 (NIV)  My heart sank as I heard this verse quoted for the umpteenth time. Why can’t I be as faithful as this psalmist, Lord? I still struggle with sin, even when I have verses memorized...

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Tags: bible, faith, heart, hope, psalm, study, word

The Secret Grower

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Posted by Xochi E. Dixon on

Pulling into the driveway, I glimpsed the gray rocks, faded rusty bark, and tufts of grass that lined our walkway. A splash of yellow caught my attention. Daffodils? Yes! Sandwiched between two large stones, the cluster of blossoms danced in a slight breeze. I smiled. Six stalks of sunshine...

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Tags: faith, god, growth, hope, jesus, love, seed