10 Lies I Believed as a Teenager

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We’re so excited to share this post with you that was written by our dear friend, Bella Morganthal. We know that you will identify with these lies whether you are a teen or were a teen 😉. Share this with the teens in your life. Read; take measure; rethink. ‘Cause EVERYONE falls for these lies sometime.

 

If I could go back in time, there are plenty of things I would want my teenage-self to know. But if I could, I’d especially want to go back in time and shine some truth into a few of the lies that I believed as a young person.

Maybe you’re struggling with some of these lies too. If so, this is my invitation to you to experience some truth. Continue reading “10 Lies I Believed as a Teenager”

Scar Sharing 

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Throughout 2019 my pastor taught on “simple church” and the four foundational corners in which to build our lives upon — prayer, worship, learning and sharing.

I believe sharing your testimony is the key foundational point for a believer.

My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long. Psalm 35:25

As someone with a “roadmap” of scars on one leg and a “pot hole” on the other, I’m reminded of the day when a precocious three-year-old neighbor boy looked at me and asked, “Why is there a hole in your leg”? I remember his mother being so embarrassed that he would ask such a question and trying to shush him from speaking.  Of course, I gave him a simple answer without including words like car accident, cancer or surgeries. Continue reading “Scar Sharing “

 Go be wonderful!

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How amazing is it when we look at nature and see all of the beautiful things that just seem to “take care of themselves”?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:26

Amazing how tiny a seed is covered in the deep, dark, damp underground; yet if it is left still ‒ just being ‒ it pushes through the ground at the right time! It was given a “gift.” It was given intention (its talent, if you will) from God whether it be a flower to be placed upon a grave or a plant to brighten up your landscape or a vegetable to be consumed for nutrition… It was given a purpose.

YOU have also been given attention by God. Continue reading ” Go be wonderful!”

Listen

Listen

“Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.” Proverbs 16:20

We’ve all heard those stories – or maybe even told them ourselves.

“I felt a nudge to call her right then and she needed to hear from a friend.”

“I paid for the person behind me and found out they really needed someone to show they cared.”

Just love hearing these things! It warms my heart. Evidence that God is working even in the little details of our lives.

BUT…

What happens when we hear that still, small voice and brush it off as a fleeting thought?

We think “I don’t have time to make a meal for that family.” “I don’t have the energy to _________” “That’s too hard.” “I’m not qualified.”

What happens when we say, “No.”? Continue reading “Listen”

Put on your oxygen mask

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I don’t know about you, but December was quite a month!

I suppose for most of you, December was packed to the brim with Christmas shopping, wrapping, baking, parties, school programs and visiting every relative within the tri-state area.

Or maybe this was an especially difficult season for you due to sad memories, missing loved ones or other significant losses.

Or maybe your month was more like mine. It began busy with the remodel of The Connection’s new home and then came to an abrupt halt when I came down with a virus. I turned into Rip VanWinkle and slept for a few weeks while the rest of the world kept on going without me. Continue reading “Put on your oxygen mask”

5 things I learned in 2019

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Welcome to our guest writer, Laura Acuna!

I don’t know about you, but an ideal New Years Eve for Pat and I is quiet, cozy, and uneventful. This year, we had a fun and early dinner out, then came home to a movie and a relaxing evening. Perfect!

Even though I am not much for partying on New Year’s Eve, I do like to take a look back at the year that is ending and ponder what God has taught me along the way. Each year – without exception – I’ve looked back and been able to trace God’s faithful provision and care.

Here are 5 things I’ve learned in 2019: Continue reading “5 things I learned in 2019”

5 Things about Jesus’ birth that you may not have known

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Suddenly, an Angel of the Lord appeared to *shepherds guarding their sheep and announced to them, “Today in Bethlehem, in the city of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord!

And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped in *swaddling (strips of cloth) cloth lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 9-12

So much to unpack but let me point out 5 things that you may not already know… Continue reading “5 Things about Jesus’ birth that you may not have known”

5 Golden Things

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It’s that time of year again where we get to Jingle Bell Rock our way through the stores and wrap gifts through the Silent Night. Wait…shhhhh…Hark! The herald children screams as they run through the decked halls! What child is this who should be sound asleep all nestled in their beds with sugar plums dancing in their heads. Instead, Tommy is pretending to be the Drummer Boy while Cindy called me names. Mom is sitting on her bed with Christmas wrapping and closing her eyes dreaming of Christmas shoes all to herself. All she wants for Christmas are 5 goooooolden things. Continue reading “5 Golden Things”