Spiritual Growth

Through Biblical encouragement, spiritual growth methods, and practical applications we can grow even more in our walk with Jesus.

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    5 Easy Steps for Honoring Christ When You Feel the Need to Be Right 

    In a small village, there were two women that got into a terrible dispute they could not resolve so they decided to talk to the wise, old town sage.   The first woman went into the sage’s home and told him her version of what had happened. When she had finished, the sage said, “You’re absolutely right.”   The second woman then went into the sage’s home and told him her version of what happened. When she had finished, the sage said, “You’re absolutely right.”  Afterward, the sage’s wife scolded her husband, “Those two women told you two completely different stories, and you told them they were both absolutely right. But that…

  • The silhouette of two women holding two of their hands up together to make a heart and the sunrise in the background.
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    10 Eye-Opening Reasons Why Friends Are Important in Our Life

    One of the things on my bucket list is to visit the huge redwood trees in California.   These trees are considered the largest living things on earth and the tallest trees in the world.    Some of them are over 300 feet high and over 2,500 years old.    You would think that with these trees being so large and being in an area prone to storms and earthquakes, they would have a tremendous root system, reaching down hundreds of feet into the earth.    But they don’t.   In fact, most of their roots are found only in the top 3 feet of soil.    How can roots that only go down 3 feet…

  • A woman wearing a blue shirt holding her hand out in front of her as if to say, "Stop."
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    How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others So You Can Find JOY!

    When you compare yourself to others you end up feeling pretty awful. But God can help you learn how to stop comparing yourself to others so you can find JOY! But before we dive into this topic a little deeper, can I ask you a quick question? Why did Eve eat the fruit? Listen to this:   “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”   -Genesis 3:4-5 NLT Eve ate the fruit because she thought it would make her like God. She compared herself to…

  • Two women arguing. One is truned away with her hand raised. And the other is yelling while trying to grab the other woman's arm.
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    When Christians Disagree: 6 Very Important Things to Keep in Mind 

    Think about this for a moment.   What do you want people to say about you when you’re gone? What words would you want them to use to describe you?  How about words like:  Yep, I think most of us would like to be remembered by these kinds of words, right?  Now, how about these words:  Yeah, no thank you. I don’t think anyone of us wants to be described by these words. And yet, unfortunately, for 2 women in the Bible, they are forever known for being disagreeable. For fighting with each other and refusing to cooperate.   Out of all the things they could have been remembered for. This is…

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    Why Unity in the Church Is SO Important & 8 Ways You Can Help 

    When Jesus knew His time on Earth was about to come to an end, He decided to have dinner with His friends. He washed their feet. Ate yummy food. And then He prayed over them.     As He prayed for them, He knew these were some of the last words He would ever speak to them, which helps us realize their importance. In general, people choose their last words wisely because those words are what they want people to remember.    If Jesus’s last words reveal what was important to Him . . . then they also reveal what should be important to us as followers of Jesus.       So, what were Jesus’s…

  • A Christmas tree with a red background on one side and a silver on the other. With snowflakes and sparkling lights.
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    How to Get into the Christmas Spirit: 10 Easy & Simple Ways to Find More JOY 

    Sometimes I struggle with feeling the Christmas Spirit. Sometimes I have a hard time feeling joyful during this time of year. Sometimes I think about all the things I need to do to prepare for the upcoming holidays . . . and it just makes me feel overwhelmed and stressed out.    For a while, I would chastise myself for this.    After all, I’m a Christian.    Christmas is when I celebrate the birth of my Savior and King. I should be happy. I should be in a good mood. I should look forward to it.    But sometimes, if I’m brave enough to admit it, my heart just isn’t into it.    But…

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    What Christmas Is REALLY All About  

    Christmastime can be busy, chaotic, and downright stressful. This is why we need to remember what Christmas is REALLY all about. So, we can find joy, peace, and rest. Even in a season of busyness.    Because when we remember the reason for the season, we realize what a gift Christmas really is.    What is the purpose of Christmas? The purpose of Christmas is to remind us of truths we tend to forget. Because life can get so busy and stressful sometimes that we need the opportunity that Christmas gives us to take a step back and reflect.   To remember what is important.   And to spend time in the Presence…

  • A woman holding fairy lights up above her head and by her face.
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    How to Shine for Jesus: 23 Simple & Practical Ways to Share Your Faith 

    It can be hard to know how to shine for Jesus, especially in today’s culture. Because this world can be a very dark place. People can be hostile toward our faith. And sometimes we may simply find it hard to share because we don’t know what to do.   And yet, as Christians, we know we’re supposed to shine for Jesus, share our faith, and tell people about the hope we have.   This is why it can be helpful to learn some simple and practical ways to share our faith. What does it mean to shine for Jesus? Shining for Jesus means doing what you can to let your faith show so…

  • A woman walking on a path through the forest while reading a book.
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    7 Key Steps in Learning How to Walk with God (When you can’t walk.) 

    Before I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that limited my physical capabilities, one of my favorite activities was going on a walk with a good friend.   There’s nothing better than being outside, getting some exercise, and sharing the journey with someone you love by your side.   Another great thing about walking with someone is the opportunity it brings for great conversations.   You can share your struggles, hopes, and dreams, or even about something you notice as the two of you travel along.   It’s one of the things I miss most about my former life . . . when I was healthy.   But even though, I can’t enjoy a walk…

  • A woman smiling with her eyes closed and her arms wrapped around herself.
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    How To FEEL Forgiven by God

    We all have chapters we would rather not have read out loud. But some of us have ones we wish we could rip out and shred to pieces.   I am one of those people.  The guilt over those chapters of my life makes my cheeks burn with shame while the pain of regret causes my heart to ache.   But God did not send His Son to die on the cross so we could live forever burdened by the guilt of what we have done.   Jesus came to set us free completely.   While many of us know we have been forgiven . . . sometimes it can be a struggle to…