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Devotion

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.


Devotion

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


Relationships

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...


Singleness

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.


Prayer

Tomorrow
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.


Devotion

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.


Devotion

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.


Singleness

Contentment in Singleness
Is it Really Possible?

by Leslie Ludy

Those who look to Him are radiant and their faces shall never be ashamed.Psalm 34:5 (ESV)For most modern women "singleness" and "contentment" are two words that don't seem to fit together in the same sentence.


Devotion

His Ways are Higher
Walking in Godly Wisdom Over Worldly Wisdom

by Heather Cofer

Milk, eggs, chicken … I sat at our dining room table one morning in December, working on a shopping list. As I put the first few items down my heart was restless, but I tried to push away the uneasy feeling that arose inside of me.


Lifestyle

Upward & Outward
Going Against the Tide of Cultural Smartphone Addiction

by Annie Wesche

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.Colossians 3:2 (KJV)Standing in line to disembark the ship, my mom glanced back at me and smiled.


Devotion

Diving Deep
Exploring God's Word Through Saturation Bible Study

by Guest WritersNR Johnson

The water was crystal clear and perfectly cool against the blazing Caribbean sun. I had gone down to Barbados with a group to help build a church, and midweek found an afternoon to cool off in the water.A few of us hopped on a boat and went out to a coral reef. We splashed into the water, fixed our snorkel gear, and put our faces in the ocean. The colors were vibrant.


The Gospel

Godly Influence
Understanding the Value of Biblical Mentorship

by Lauren Robertsonthe setapartgirl TeamSarah Guthrie

Written by Sarah Guthrie:It had become a treasured Sunday morning rhythm in the "coming of age" season in my life. While the rest of our house had a classic case of get-out-the-door-in-time-for-church mayhem, time slowed to a leisurely pace as I admired the adept movements my step-mom made in sweeping a trace of blush across her cheek.