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Just another day in paradise …

We’ve been reveling in some “home time” and I thought you might enjoy a few pics … Our Circus Adventure! (Yes, that’s my THREE YEAR OLD on top of an elephant! She said, “May I please, Mom?” And I thought–“COOL!”) Creative Ways to Avoid Burns While Making Pancakes with Papa (Can you see the mitten?) Our Poor Tulips! But How …

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Girlfriends …

I HATE email forwards. I don’t have time for them and I REALLY don’t want to receive them. (So PLEASE don’t get any ideas from this post and start including me on your “oh this is just so great I have to forward it to my pals” email forwarding list, OK?) BUT … all that to say … I found …

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Do you ever get frustrated by SLOW service?

Does it bug you to have to be on hold for five minutes? Or wait at the post office for ten? Enjoy this essay by one of my heroes of the faith, Ajith Fernando. (And please do continue to pray and financially support his ministry at Youth for Christ!) Yours, Tara B. ON WAITING IN A LONG QUEUE by Ajith …

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Go boldly to God …

(More from Sibbes’ Puritan classic, The Bruised Reed …) “What should we learn from this, but to ‘come boldly to the throne of grace’ (Heb. 4:16) in all our grievances? Shall our sins discourage us, when he appears there only for sinners? Are you bruised? Be of good comfort, he calls you. Conceal not your wounds, open all before him …

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“Caught Off Guard” by William P. Smith

Wow! The CCEF guys just keep on hitting ’em right out of the park! I truly believe that these men are writing the BEST books out there for Believers these days. (Although I wish their prices weren’t so crazily high sometimes–but I still whole-heartily recommend everything they ever write!) I just started William P. Smith’s, Caught Off Guard–Encounters with the …

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What a support to our faith!

I just began reading the Puritan classic, The Bruised Reed, by Richard Sibbes, and it has already been a great encouragement to me. I could quote every line, but let me start with this excerpt: “What a support to our faith is this, that God the Father, the party offended by our sins, is so well pleased with the work …

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No one just gives up on Jesus in one day …

In his sermon last week, our pastor reminded us that no one gives up on Jesus in one day. That is … when someone who professes Christ turns away, it usually happens in gradual steps. Less time in the Word and prayer and worship. Avoiding church, the gathering of the saints, corporate prayer, godly fellowship. Increasing time with unbelievers who …

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Congratulations to MS!

Just a note to congratulate M.S. from Indiana–she is the latest winner of the $99 Peacemaker Group Study (for joining our discussion board). I’m REALLY hoping to have some changes and improvements to the board soon (!!) … sorry that it’s taken so long. 🙂 Happy Monday and love to you all! Yours, Tara B.

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Temptations & Singleness …

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my single friends. Some truly believe they are called to singleness and they serve with great joy in their position. Most long for a mate and pray accordingly (even as they strive to be content in all things). I continue to whole-heartedly recommend Solo Femininity as the best (most gospel-infused, cross-centered, wise, winsome) …

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Gossip is …

In his sermon this morning, our pastor defined gossip as: Sharing something that is true, but sharing only part of the information, with someone who has no right to know and no desire to help. I immediately began to think through a grid of my own speech and how often I fail to live out Ephesians 4:29 (to let “no …

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