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Article by Jess Griggs
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Need Some Encouragement Today? We’ve Got You Covered

Faith quotes 175x92 Whether it’s been a difficult season or a season of growth and joy, we could all use some encouragement in our walk with the Lord. It’s amazing what little pieces of advice and inspiration we can gather from simple words and phrases. At the same time, words can hurt and tear down. I’m reminded of … Continue...

January 26 2021

Article by Jess Griggs
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5 Ways To Get More Out Of Studying Your Bible

B study 175x92 You’re probably familiar with the seemingly never-ending cycle of feeling guilty for not reading your Bible, so you avoid it as if you’re avoiding the wrath of God, which in turn makes you feel even guiltier, and so on and so forth. Some of you may even feel like it’s been so long you wouldn’t … Continue...

January 23 2021

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Christmas: Not the End of the Story

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Stocking stuffers. Pajamas all day. Candy canes. Breakfast casseroles. Squealing children waking groggy parents long before dawn. Coffee–LOTS of coffee. Long-awaited dreams fulfilled. Joyful surprises. Food, food and more food. Christmas movies and snuggles. People, stop reading this post and get to celebrating! But–if by...

December 25 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 24: Maybe Christmas Means Something More

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I love it that the classic tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is still being revamped and retold since it was first published in 1957–sixty-three years ago! Why? Probably because its message still has relevance to us today, especially during a year like this, when a big Grinch named COVID-19 has been stealing so much …...

December 24 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 23: Love Keeps Tapping You on the Shoulder

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I have some friends who are much better at being good friends than I am. You know the type: They text regularly just to let you know they’re thinking of you; they remember things about what’s going on in your life and ask you how those things are going; they’re the first to call when … Continue reading Advent Day 23: Love Keeps...

December 23 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 20: Love Always Wins

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Amazing factoid about me: My husband and I have been married for (drumroll, please) almost 35 years! I know–we’re rockstars, right? We’ve beaten some HUGE odds, and we’re pretty darn proud of ourselves. And even better–we are still madly, sickeningly in love with each other, more and more each day. Yes, really. We often get...

December 23 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 22: The Waterfall

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I live in the most beautiful state in the union: Washington. I bet you thought I was going to say Hawaii, didn’t you? Or maybe Florida, California, or somewhere else where it’s warm most of the year? Well, all I have to say is that Washington rivals every one of those states in so many … Continue reading Advent Day 22: The...

December 23 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 21: Unexpected Love

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Ok, you can relate to this, all you Amazon shoppers–oh, wait, that’s everyone, isn’t it? Picture this: You order something on Amazon, you’re super stoked to get it, you check the driveway every five seconds for the truck, it seems like it’s taking FOREVER (even though it’s coming next day via Prime), and then the …...

December 23 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 18: Love Fights for You

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Warning: I’m going to give you an ear worm right now: “We all need somebody to le-e-ean on.” These words, so soulfully recorded by Bill Withers many decades ago, are well known all around the world–and still true today. Who is your go-to person (or people), the one(s) you lean on, count on, confide your … Continue reading...

December 19 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 19: Love Doesn’t Strut

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I was once a pretty good strutter. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but in high school I dragged myself out of bed at 4:30 in the morning, not because I was taking a special class before school started, not because I was doing chores, not because I was praying for my family or my classmates, … Continue reading Advent Day 19: Love...

December 19 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 15: The Universal Language of Love

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I speak some Spanish, and I’ll jump at the chance to practice with native Spanish speakers. Usually these conversations involve awkward pauses for think time, a few confused looks when I say something completely ridiculous, and a bit of miming when words fail me. Language barriers are hard to bridge, but there is a universal...

December 18 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 17: His Love Brings Joy

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 One of the things I love most about teaching first graders is how excitable they are. I discovered very quickly that if I get excited–or make them think I’m really excited–about what I want to teach them, they jump right on board and instantly engage. And everything is a big deal to them, whether it’s … Continue...

December 18 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 16: It’s the Simple Things

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Truth: Someone mistook me for Jesus once. And I emphasize: ONCE. One dark, chilly spring morning I woke up early to get my bearings before the day started. At the time, my husband, Dan, and I were running an inner city ministry in Portland, OR, and not long after the rooster crowed, our revolving door … Continue reading Advent...

December 16 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 10: His Love Buries Your Past

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Love can drive us to do some crazy things sometimes. I eat up delicious stories about outrageous marriage proposals, people risking their lives to save loved ones, and regular Joes stepping in to help perfect strangers in an emergency. What makes us do these things? I would suggest that people who express this kind of … Continue...

December 15 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 11: Love That Offers Second Chances

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 My husband and I start every Christmas season by watching the 1971 musical version of Scrooge, starring Albert Finney. Even though neither of us really likes musicals most of the time, this particular version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is so powerfully done that it sucked us in, and it’s become a yearly...

December 15 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 12: Woot! No Condemnation!

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 As I start every new school year, I try very hard to not discuss my class list with other teachers who are familiar with my individual students. It’s tempting to want to have a little inside information in order to mentally prepare and strategize, but I have the eternally optimistic view that kids who have … Continue...

December 15 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 13: Love Gets Its Hands Dirty

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 A toddler in a diaper taught me one the greatest–yet simplest–lessons about God’s tender love for us. No joke. One sweltering summer day, my husband and I were sipping ice water with friends as we tried to have a conversation above the roaring fans set up in our front room. This was during our ghetto … Continue...

December 15 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 14: No Offense

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Confession: Sometimes when I get really upset and can’t understand why terrible things are happening to me, I rant at God. I figure that if He knows everything, He already knows my thoughts, so I may as well say them out loud. I’m not saying I think it’s the right thing to do, I’m just … Continue reading...

December 14 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 9: Dependable Love

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I first met Jesus because I love chocolate. Yup. I was playing contentedly on a friend’s jungle gym one day when a couple of neighborhood kids suddenly accosted me, saying, “Kelli! You gotta come to this lady’s house ’cause she’ll give you an M & M! And then she’ll give us an M & M …...

December 09 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent Day 8: He Runs to YOU

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Even if you’re not really a “churchy” person, you’ve probably heard the parable of the prodigal son in the Bible. You know, the story of the kid who demands his inheritance long before his dad is even close to being dead, leaves town, spends everything he has on partying and women, then has to settle …...

December 09 2020