Stopping For the One

Pausing Life to Reach Those in Need

Man Standing Alone in a Crowd

When you’re walking down the street in a group, and you pass by a blind beggar, what do you do? If it’s me, I avert my eyes and keep walking.

But what if that beggar knew your name and, as you passed by, he kept shouting your name louder and louder. Would you stop then?

Honestly, I have no idea what I would do, but three of the four Gospels in the Bible tell us what Jesus did.

Jesus stopped.

In (Matthew 20, Mark 10 and Luke 18), Jesus is just outside of Jericho and as a crowd follows him and passes by a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the man asks what is going. When Bartimaeus hears that Jesus is near, he begins to call out, trying to get Jesus’ attention.

People tried to shush the beggar, telling him to stop and be quiet. But Bartimaeus would not stop. He knew that he might never get this moment again, so he called out louder and louder until he found himself shouting the name of Jesus.

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Showing Up

Loving People in Real Life

Women Talking Over Lunch

Have you ever just needed a friend?

I have.

And most people I know have.

At one time or another, we all will need a true friend, someone who is willing to show up, even though it’s inconvenient, costly or hard.

This life, no matter how self-sufficient we are, is not meant to be experienced alone. Community is an integral part of the human design, but somewhere along the way to gaining 1K online friends and followers, we have lost our connection in understanding the need for real friendships in real life with the people right beside us.

One of the best examples we have of how to be a good friend came from Jesus. He was the master relationship craftsman and fine tuned the art of showing up and loving people well.

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Be the Helpers

A Call to Action in Light of Orlando

Flower of Friendship

I was on Facebook today. The deluge of information, opinions, support and hatred is vast. At times, it can be overwhelming.

This week it centers around Orlando. Last week it was about a collegiate criminal.

Despite my strong feelings on many of these topics, I typically choose to remain silent on the interwebs about such things because I do not believe I need to add to the noise that so many are already sifting through as they try to process, understand or even grieve.

But today, I saw something that was powerful enough to move me to speak.

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Wisdom for the Day

Practical Proverbs about Our Words

Open Bible on a Table

Every day, our lives are filled with words. We read them, think them and say them. In all that communication, have we stopped to consider if we are stewarding all those words well?

The book of Proverbs is full of practical wisdom for how we can handle our words with care.

Here are five practical proverbs for using your words wisely today.

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)

I love to share a good story, especially if it makes others laugh. However, I have to be careful because when I get on a roll, and the words start flowing, the chances greatly increase that I could say something mistakenly hurtful or offensive.

Humor especially can be found at the expense of someone else, and if we aren’t careful, we could easily say something unkind without first considering its impact.

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Maximizing Your Singleness

5 Benefits of Not Being Married Right Now

Woman crossing a bridge alone

As a little girl, so many of us dream of the big day when we get to walk down the aisle in our beautiful white wedding dress. But sometime in our 20’s, something happens.

Two types of women seem to emerge at this time those who have a ring on their finger and those who don’t. All of a sudden, life becomes “Say Yes to the Dress” and you are either the excited one trying on dresses or you’re the one always on the couch.

If you feel like you’re the only one in your newsfeed without a significant other, let me encourage you with five amazing benefits to being single and how you can maximize this season of life.

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When People Frustrate You

Jesus' 4 Keys to Dealing with Conflict

man and woman hugging

Ugh. I was so frustrated. My husband and I were having a bit of a disagreement, and I wanted nothing more than to ignore him until he apologized.

I was obviously right and therefore, he was obviously wrong, so really, all I needed to do was wait for him to see his error and come humbly to ask my forgiveness.

If you have ever had a spat with your significant other or clashed with your co-worker, then you are painfully aware of everything wrong with my haughty little mindset in this situation. And Jesus loved me too much to let me sit in that pride so in my very next quiet time with Him, I found myself in the middle of Luke 6.

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How to Outsmart Your SmartPhone

5 Quick Changes to Keep Your Phone from Controlling Your Life

Old phones hanging on a wall

Phones. They are amazing little creatures nowadays, aren’t they? From the palm of our hand (or the tap on our watch), we can find the answer to practically anything, figure out directions to practically anywhere and connect with essentially anyone.

With one swipe of the finger, we can engage in a world far more exciting than the awkward waiting room or the discouraging reality around us. For all the conveniences this technology affords us, I believe our smartphones and devices are leaving us ever more distracted and disconnected with the world right in front of us.

We are missing the excitement of our children, the hurting heart of a stranger and the chance meeting of a new friend because the glowing screen in our hands blinds our eyes.

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How to Be a Good Friend

A Friend worth Making a Bracelet For

toddlers showing friendship arm around each other

Sometimes friends come into your life that you didn’t actually know you were missing. Like a new brand of jeans that you never tried before, you may be at first skeptical; but once they are washed and worn, you never wear anything else. That’s how it is with an accidental awesome friendship.

One day, you are crossing paths here and there; the next day, she’s inviting you over to her home for a hang out; within a few months, you are dropping by unexpectedly and walking into each other’s houses with a simple knock and turn of the handle.

I hope you have one of these friends because they are so vintage – hip, funky and the best of their kind.

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