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Who am I? Human beings have long pondered the question, “Who am I?” We seek to understand how we relate to others, often basing our identity and value on what we do or how others perceive us. In Exodus 3, Moses had an identity crisis that many can relate to.…

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Have you ever had one of those days when you’re feeling all the emotions? One evening, as I was walking my dog, I felt my emotions rising to the surface. They had been simmering within me for a while. Disappointment. Discouragement. Worry. Anger. I doubted my purpose. I wondered if…

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Picture this: A wooden yoke is fastened over your neck, and that harness is attached to a heavy plow behind you. Not exactly an appealing proposition. As humans, we don’t like the idea of being restrained or put under something, because — shhh — that sounds too much like submission.…

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Do you ever feel like there’s something standing in the way of your relationship with God? One day during my morning devotionals, I was trying to pray. Maybe you’ve had similar days, when you’re trying to actively seek His presence and hear from Him, but nothing seems to happen. The…

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I’m single. I’m not writing that in desperation or ingratitude for the season I’m in, although that certainly hasn’t always been the case. And I realize others reading this may not be in the same stage of life. But the lessons I’ve learned in this waiting period are probably applicable…

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We don’t like to think about the hard times and situations the Lord allows in our lives. Even more, we don’t like to experience them when they happen. Maybe we think that He has abandoned us in those times. Maybe we doubt that He cares. But sometimes the Lord allows…

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In these heartbreaking times, it’s easy to question where the world is going and to search for hope, goodness and truth in it all. But that can lead to painful questions. What is truth when somebody is callously killed? What is truth when unrest and turmoil sweep across cities? What…

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A beautiful tree stands just outside my apartment window. In springtime, most of its branches overflow with delicate white blossoms. But some branches are bare, cut off near the trunk, unable to produce new life this season. Why did the caretaker cut those branches? Perhaps they hadn’t produced blossoms in…

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