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Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. - Luke 23:34 Is your heart open to forgive? How might you experience more of the salvation Jesus died to provide by choosing to move toward forgiving someone who has wronged you? Dear Father, show me who I’m chosen to forgive today, and give me the strength to offer the forgiveness You died to provide.


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IMAGO DEI 🖤


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In these days when many are anxious and angry for so many reasons, it seems that those who continue to thrive spiritually and mentally are those who have an unshakable sense of purpose in their daily lives and future plans.⁣ ✅ ⁣ Conversely, lack of purpose lies beneath much of the hopelessness, addiction, and suicide that plagues our cultural landscape.⁣ 👎 ⁣ On this week's blog I will explore how Scripture comes to life to reveal the purposes in God that should unite all believers and keep us alive with hope.⁣ 🌺 ⁣ Read more tomorrow at the link in my bio! ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️⁣ ⁣ #christianblogger #christiansofinstagram #graceupongrace #godisnotdead #givemejesus #godlovesyou #faithoverfear #faithhopelove #faithinspired #bedeeplyrooted #belovedlife #beautyfromashes #choosejoy #godfirst #encouragement #womenintheword #shedelights #godsplan #writeyouonmyheart #shewritestruth #proverbs31woman #butfirstjesus #scripturecomestolife #gritandvirtue #christianwriter #coffeeandjesus #lampandlight #seekhimfirst #devotional #christiancreative


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𝐔𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭, 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝. It’s only in Christ where our hearts are transformed from the inside out, to truly love our neighbor, no matter their race, color, socioeconomic status, or background. It’s only through the transformation of the heart where we will be changed to see others as fellow image-bearers… people who have been created and fashioned in the image of God.⁠ .⁠ Today, allow God to check your heart to see if there is hatred, un-forgiveness, or prejudice hiding within you. Confess it, bring it to the surface, and let God transform you from the inside out to be a person who truly loves those around them.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ ⁠ #proverbs31 #blog #biblejournaling #bible #inspire #wellwateredwomen #butfirstjesus #lampandlight #intheword #bedeeplyrooted #darlingmovement #purposefulliving #propelwomen #shereadstruth #coffeeandjesus #christianpodcasts #thegardenheart #thegardenheartcollective #thegardenheartpodcast#unity #


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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35. We are praying fervently that this fight for equality continues to create genuine heart change in our homes and in our world. Black lives matter. 🖤


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We all have a part in the fight against racism and injustice. Yours may not be the same as others. Find out more in my new blog post. Link in bio. New posts every Tuesday and Thursday #blogger #bloggerlife #ontheblog #theblogissue #bbloggers #fbloggers #shewritestruth #christianblogger #christianwriter #christianauthor #christianwriters #authorlife #christianbusiness #christianbook #devotional #devo #faithblogger #christianblog #gritandvirtue #proverbs31woman #lesshustlemoregrace #butfirstJesus


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We all have a part in the fight against racism and injustice. Yours may not be the same as others. Find out more in my new blog post. Link in bio. New posts every Tuesday and Thursday #blogger #bloggerlife #ontheblog #theblogissue #bbloggers #fbloggers #shewritestruth #christianblogger #christianwriter #christianauthor #christianwriters #authorlife #christianbusiness #christianbook #devotional #devo #faithblogger #christianblog #gritandvirtue #proverbs31woman #lesshustlemoregrace #butfirstJesus


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Only Jesus can bring unity and understanding and forgiveness of all sin.


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For we live by faith, not by sight. Send or @ someone to encourage ! You are Amazing ❤ FOLLOW @refreshedquotes FOLLOW @refreshedquotes


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A priest brought a crucifix to the place of execution so she could look on it as she died. As St. Joan of Arc was being burned to death, she cried out: “Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!” . My country burning. Hearts are broken, righteous anger is growing. Looters and talking heads alike are taking advantage of this pain for their own ends. America is on fire in more ways that one. More than ever we need the cross. More than ever we need Jesus. More than ever we need to live the Gospel RADICALLY, to live as Christ lived, to truly love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Human solutions alone will never be enough. We CANNOT fix this on our own. We need to reject the voices telling us that we hate our neighbor. The voices saying that America is hopelessly divided. The voices that pit us against each other, teach us to see our brothers and sisters as enemies, teach us to lean into violence and hatred and destruction. We need the voice of Christ instead. We need a rock-solid foundation of prayer. We need to love our neighbors like we love ourselves, and give up our lives for our friends. We need to to lift the cross higher so that others might see it through the flames. +JMJ+


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On today's episode, Jesse and Lindsey Maestas discuss the power that serving has had in strengthening and sharpening their marriage. ⠀ ⠀ They share about what they have learned regarding the importance of choosing obedience over comfort and that fruitfulness doesn't always come from ease or convenience. ⠀ ⠀ They share openly about the drawbacks of this gift - such as being heavily relied upon by their loved ones - and how they lean into Jesus in those moments.⠀ ⠀ This is the last episode in our Spiritual Gifts series, so thank you all for coming alongside us in this! We hope you have enjoyed it! 🖤⠀ ⠀ Click the link in our bio to listen to this episode or listen anywhere that you get your podcasts! 🙏🏼⠀


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“And watching my parents constantly serving people was almost out of this world for a kid. But seeing that they were so steadfast, like Paul, they’re here to the end of the race.” ⠀ ⠀ On today’s episode, Lenya interviews Jesse and Lindsey Maestas about The Gift of Serving. Jesse shares about his background as a pastor’s kid and how that shaped him to choose to serve even when it wasn’t easy.⠀ ⠀ Lindsey and Jesse discuss how serving together has strengthened their marriage and the way that this gift helps them to balance out their strengths and weaknesses as a couple.⠀ ⠀ Click the link in the bio to listen! 🌱


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“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s. For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed—” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ . . . . . •I don’t take credit for this art• . . . #god #bible #jesuschrist #maranatha #godislove #scripture #womenofgod #trustgod #graceupongrace #bestill #bestillandknow #devotional #butfirstjesus #jesuscalling #fearlessheart #christianwomen #verseoftheday #glorytogod #faithblogger #trustingod #christianinfluencer #christianliving #instafaith #picoftheday #tuesdaymotivation #folorida #lakemaryfl #sanfordflorida #orlandoflorida


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In this podcast, we are discussing the concept of “Hope.” What is hope, how do we get it and how do we display it? And what isn’t it? Join us in this second episode of celebrating the one-year anniversary of Your Hope-Filled Perspective Podcast. In this episode we discuss how we access and use our sound mind in order to defeat worry, fear, and anxiety in our lives. Join us Thursday morning on Apple Podcasts at: https://apple.co/2PFTJe9. Or, your favorite Podcast platform. . . . . . #Christianpodcast #YHFP #podcast #anxietytips #BreakingAnxietysGrip


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Repost from @brown_modest_fashions Melenie during prayer last night at Monument Circle at the joint Apostolic Service downtown. Her sign says: Jesus in Luke 15: 100 Sheep but 1 goes missing. Jesus leaves the 99 and goes after the 1. The 99 said, "But what about us? Don't we matter?" "Of course, but you're not in danger. The 1 is." (quote creds: Manny Arteaga) #BlackLivesMatter Even in the midst of all the turmoil, all of the hurt and all of the pain we are still called to be God's witness of love-especially on the Day of Pentecost and #BeApostolic


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Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about Jesus on social media? ⁠ ⁠ I have no problem sharing faith-based content on my Instagram account or my Facebook business page because I created those accounts for that purpose. I assume my followers welcome that kind of content. My personal Facebook page, however, is another story. I have a mix of friends there—former professors, former co-workers, relatives—and I’m unsure how they feel about devotions, Bible verses, and worship songs. When I’ve considered posting these sorts of things, I’ve worried: Will this bother people? Perhaps even cause them to unfriend me? ⁠ ⁠ Despite these qualms, I recently decided to share more Christian-themed messages on my personal page. Yet, though I believe it’s the right choice, I’ve still been feeling a bit nervous when I hit “post”. ⁠ ⁠ But a few days ago, I felt God using the story of the man possessed by a group of demons called Legion to affirm I was on the right track. Two things stood out to me. One is what Jesus said to the man after He set him free: “Go home to your friends…and tell them what wonderful things God has done for you” (Mark 5:19, TLB).⁠ ⁠ Jesus’ command to “go…to your friends” convicted me for feeling worried about talking about God publicly, and it encouraged me to continue sharing. After all, “friends” surely includes my Facebook friends! ⁠ ⁠ The other thing that stood out to me is that after the miracle, “the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away” (Mark 5:17). Though the newly freed man wanted to follow Jesus, the other people in that region asked Jesus to leave! The reality is, not everyone wants to hear about Jesus, and not everyone will like what I share on Facebook. They might want me to leave their feed. They might unfollow or unfriend me. ⁠ ⁠ But Jesus was willing to risk offending some in order to reach the ones who did want a relationship with Him. I’ve decided I’m willing to take that risk, too, and continue to share the Good News.⁠ ⁠ Carina Alanson | @carinalanson⁠ ⁠ ⠀⁠ ___⁠ ⁠ Tag a friend who needs to be encouraged by this today! ❤️⁠


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My teenage son and I had a conversation about peace and violence and how each can be sowed in our hearts. In order for us to experience what we desire out there in the world (i.e.: peace), every individual must begin by BEING peaceful right in our own hearts (good ole Gandhi, be the change..). . May we each examine our daily habits with the Lord, asking Him to help us root out any that point us in a direction other than peace. For my son, that means not playing Fortnite. May seem like a small thing, but it’s not when day after day, our teens are shooting at other people and counting up “kills.” Culturally, we’ve normalized the language of violence, war, and fighting. . . Come Holy Spirit, change our hearts, open our minds, cultivate in us a spirit of Peace. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. - Saint Francis of Assisi . #bethechange #peacebeginswithme #youaremadenew #freedominchrist


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𝘖𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴. ⁣ ⁣ Friends who will cry when you cry and rejoice when you rejoice.⁣ And, even when they see the real you—warts and all—they love you. ⁣ Such friendships take time, effort, and TLC.⁣ ⁣ Today, I'm sharing 5 of my favourite tips for finding (and keeping) good friends.⁣ ⁣ 𝐋𝐄𝐓'𝐒 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐓:⁣ Who is a close friend you're thankful for today? Tag them in the comments to say thank you!⁣


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Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless. Start taking risk. ☝️ . Double tap ❤️ if you agree. . Comment below ⬇️. . Share with your friends 🙏. . Tag your friends and family ☝️. . Follow: @thebillionairefox Follow: @thebillionairefox Follow: @thebillionairefox . Turn on post Notification 🔔. . #thebillionairefox


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The Lord gave me the vision for The Struggle is Real: But so is God Bible Study long before the global pandemic, or racial tensions and mass rioting. 🌟 He is sovereign. He sees the beginning to the end. We see in a mirror dimly lit. 🌟 This Bible study was for me as much as it was for anyone else. He knew I would need to be reminded that I am watching the cosmic battle of good and evil playing out before me, that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but principalities of darkness. 🌟 He knew that I needed to be reminded that He was faithful to His people in the Old Testament and that it is critical for New Testament believers to remain faithful to the end because difficult days were ahead. 🌟 He knew I needed to know that I am not alone in the battle and that He gave me His word as weapon to tear down strongholds and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against truth. 🌟 He knew I would need to be reminded to be strong and courageous for the days ahead. He knew I needed to be reminded of His great promises and that through Him, I am an overcomer. And there are great rewards ahead for me in Heaven that won’t compare to an earthly thing. 🌟 So that I could hold on to hope that one day He will make all things new and He will wipe away every tear because He has overcome the world. 🌟 If you are struggling to make sense of these difficult days I encourage you to pick up your Bible and discover the great promises He has for you! #thestrugglebiblestudy


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