Running by Faith

Purpose-Driven

"For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." (Philippians 2:13 NIV)"I'm in the middle of the road with a flat tire. Can you tell Dad to come and help me?"My daughter was under the gun. She had given her landlord notice that she...

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Hope for a New Year

"Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:30-31...

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A Different Kind of Christmas

She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them." (Luke 2:7 NLT) Christmases at my maternal grandparent's home in Vance, SC, were different, but just as...

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Influencing Like a Mosquito

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)An old African proverb says, "If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito."But I had.My maternal grandmother, Grandmammy, lived in an old...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down." (Proverbs 12:25a AMP)Worry and anxiety are bedfellows that often show up together.Kelita sat in her car, gunning the engine but going nowhere. There was good reason. The gearshift was in neutral. She burned fuel and fogged up...

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Goody Two-Shoes

"Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?" (Psalm 73:13 NLT)I was a goody two-shoes, but for what?John Newbery published the story, “Goody Two-Shoes,” in London in 1765 and popularized the phrase. The story tells about an orphan...

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