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Pause. Ponder. Praise.
Treasuring Jesus Through His Word

by Guest WritersNR Johnson

The path was well worn. And while not an intense hike, I did have to watch my step. As the back of my neck felt red with the beginning of a sunburn, I paused to grab a sip of water. That’s when I gasped.The view was incredible. How had I missed it?A friend and I had climbed a popular mountain but being slightly out of shape, my focus was on footfalls and not dying from a lack of oxygen.

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Glad Tidings
Heralding the Gospel at Christmas

by Sarah Guthrie

Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.Luke 2:11Each year and just in time for Christmas, my dear family gathers in the warmth of our cozy living room on a winter’s eve. The wood stove has been freshly stoked and the nostalgic scent of citrus and clove diffuses through the air as a fresh pomander dries on the mantle.


Hopeful & Bright
Strength for Today and Faith for Tomorrow

by Mandy Saeler

With my destination firmly planted in mind, I navigated the back roads of my small town to the highway that would take me westward. My destination? The Colorado Rocky Mountains – specifically, the well-loved little mountain town of Estes Park. Absorbed in the familiar drive, the highway miles passed quickly and I soon reached the canyon.


The Power of the Tongue
Using Our Words for Good and Not Harm

by Leslie Ludy

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.Proverbs 18:21aThe church sanctuary glowed with candlelight as Eric and I stood hand-in-hand, surrounded by the most important people in our lives.  Our much-awaited wedding day had finally arrived, and each moment seemed to sparkle with significant meaning.  One of the most powerful aspects of the ceremony was when our parents and spiritual


Keeping Christ in the Heart of Christmas

by Jasmin Howell

Joy to the world the Lord is come, Let earth receive Her King; Let every heart prepare him room.The Christmas that my family came home from five years on the mission field was one of the most vivid of my childhood.


Cherishing the Season
Embracing the Beauty of Christmastime

by Mandy Saeler

When the world outside our window is covered with newly fallen snow, there is a special beauty in those first moments of peering out and taking in the sight. For just a little while, our world feels more like a snow globe scene than our own reality, and we can freshly grasp why it’s often been said that the snow was intended to slow us down.


Keeping the Holidays Holy

by Mandy SaelerHeather Coferthe setapartgirl TeamJess WhiteJasmin Howell

An Intro From LeslieIt was Christmas Eve, and I was eight years old.  Our house was completely dark except for the sparkle of candles that my mother had placed around the house, and the radiant glow of Christmas lights from our colorfully decorated tree.  The air seemed to sparkle with heavenly light as our family gathered in the living room to read the Christmas story from the Bibl


Christ Built or Counterfeit?
How to Determine a Man’s True Character

by Anonymous Warrior Poet

I clearly remember the night, at around twelve years old, when I first witnessed a scene that broke my heart over the churched youth in America. I was invited to visit a friend’s youth group. As I quietly sat towards the back of the church I noticed a young man walking into the youth group. He quickly spotted a young lady he found to be attractive and began to make his move.


Alone but Never Lonely
Walking Through Solitary Seasons with Joy

by Mandy Saeler

My eyes were heavy as I hammered away at my laptop keys, occasionally crinkling the wrapper of my late-night protein bar. It was after 10:00 PM and the minutes were passing quickly as I sat in the hotel lobby, catching up on things that had fallen behind as I had traveled.


Entrusting the Future to God

by Heather Cofer

It was a cool March evening, just days before my second child was going to be born.  I rocked my son, Jude, looking down into his flushed, feverish face. He was fighting croup, a sickness all of my siblings and I have been hospitalized for. Worry was threatening to overwhelm my mind and heart — all those familiar feelings of fear and “what ifs” bombarding me.


A Grateful Heart
Seeing God in Everything

by Mandy Saeler

Oh, taste & see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8It was a warm spring evening when I saw her standing on the corner of a busy intersection. The corners of her mouth were weighted with weariness and her gaze seemed magnetically pulled towards the ground.


Delighting in God's Word
Cultivating Consistency that Lasts

by Guest WritersNR Johnson

I was three days behind and I could feel the pressure mounting.As I sat in my overstuffed recliner and turned to the correct entry, I knew today would be the day I would catch up and stay on track.