Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 7: Family Illness

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 7: Family Illness “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV) It’s easy to praise God and completely trust in Him when things are going well, isn’t it? Life is good, the kids are happy, everyone is healthy, and the praises…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 6: Parenthood

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 6: Parenthood “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV)  My husband and I were married for five years before we had kids. We were young when we got married, and we both had things we wanted to do before we started a family. We also wanted to figure…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 5: Moving Far From Home

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 5: Moving Far From Home “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, ESV)  My husband and I have always said that we know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God brought us together. If it were up to us, this…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 4: Marriage

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 4: Marriage “He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’”…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 3: Dating

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 3: Dating “And you shall love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30, ESV) I’m sure you’ve read/listened/watched many messages on dating and the helpful guidelines to follow during this time in your life. I was no different. I read the books; I attended the conferences; I…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 2: College Years

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 2: College Years “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8, ESV)  When you are a teenager, something you look forward to the most is having freedom. You get your license and can suddenly drive yourself places. You get…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 1: New Life in Christ

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 1: New Life in Christ “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)  For most people, New Year’s Eve is an exciting holiday. A time to think about a brand-new year filled with possibilities. A time to make resolutions or goals of what you hope to accomplish in…

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Names of God 7: Abba

Names of God Day 7: Abba “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1, ESV)  The last name of God we will consider for this study is Abba. In the simplest terms, abba means “father.” It has been translated to English from an Aramaic word, and was originally used by families as everyday language…

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Names of God 6: Immanuel

Names of God Day 6: Immanuel “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1,14, ESV)    Of all the names of the Lord Jesus, this one brings such a unique comfort. Immanuel: God with us. Let that sink in: God. With. Us. That is the exact definition/translation of the Hebrew word, and it…

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Names of God 5: Messiah

Names of God Day 5: Messiah  “These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31, ESV) While Handel’s Messiah may not be everyone’s first choice of music, one thing that can’t really be argued is that it’s a very moving piece of work. If you’ve ever listened to it or seen…

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