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Lifestyle

A Heaven-Bound Heart
Cultivating Eternal Perspective in Daily Life

by Mandy SaelerHeather CoferJess WhiteJasmin HowellSarah Guthrie

 And whatever you do,Do it heartily, as to the Lord...Colossians 3:23Dear reader,Have you ever wondered how to escape the frivolous undertow of the 21st-century lifestyle? Have you ever had the longing to live for “something more” than the trending tides of our here-today, gone-tomorrow world?


Lifestyle

Colliding with Reality
How God's Truth Can Guard Us from Disappointment

by Jasmin Howell

If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it's not so bad. Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison.


Devotion

True Devotion
Remaining Faithful to What God Sets Before Us

by Jasmin Howell

I sat in a wing-back chair by the blazing fireplace, surrounded by friends on a Wednesday night; our weekly life-group meeting was underway. As I read aloud from Acts 2, I caught myself pausing when I came to verse 42: “...and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42, NIV).


Devotion

Abandon Anxious Thoughts

by Jasmin Howell

My afternoon nap ended abruptly as I awoke to a constriction in my chest, difficulty breathing, and a general sense of panic flooding through my body. “Something’s wrong…” was all I could say to my husband before I began to weep uncontrollably.


Lifestyle

Cast Aside What Hinders
Embracing New Patterns of Living for the Glory of God

by Jasmin Howell

...Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus...Hebrews 12:1-2 NIVExcitement kindled in my heart as I walked up to my front door and saw the much-anticipated package leaning against the frame.


Relationships

The Comparison Game
The Pitfalls of Playing Me vs. Her

by Jasmin Howell

I couldn’t focus. My thoughts were zoned in on how much prettier she was than me. So much taller, more put together, her hair more perfect, her clothes more elegant, her manner reserved and poised. I momentarily took an inventory of myself. Bouncy, out-of-control curls, old comfy jeans, layered sweaters, and chunky handmade hemp jewelry.


Lifestyle

Put Down the Phone
Choosing Scripture Over Screen Time

by Jasmin Howell

I leaned against the railing of the deck and looked out at the treetops waving gently in the late evening breeze. I could feel my shoulders relax as the thoughts that had been worrying the corners of my mind began to ebb away. Birds were singing, and the sun was setting.


Modesty

More Than Clothing
Allowing Our Lives to Reflect His Radiance

by Jasmin Howell

Going Through the Bargain BinWhen I was in my teens, a good friend with a knack for thrift store shopping introduced me to the local Value Village and Goodwill stores, with their tantalizing sale racks and bulging bargain bins. And as the old saying goes, it was love at first sight.


Purity

A Guarded Mind
Keeping a Healthy View of Romance in a Sensually-Saturated World

by Mandy SaelerHeather Coferthe setapartgirl TeamJess WhiteJasmin HowellSarah Guthrie

Romance novels, chick-flicks, sensual magazines, and more — everywhere we look there are land mines of relational compromise awaiting us. As Christians, it’s easy to turn to the “tamer” versions of these things to fulfill our desire to fantasize about our own personal fairy tale and imagine the charming prince


Lifestyle

Hiding in Plain Sight
The Subtle Deception of Sin

by Jasmin Howell

CLEANSE ME FROM SECRET FAULTS.Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.  Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight,  O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.


Serving

The Yes Woman
Obligation or Obedience

by Jasmin Howell

A Fearful YesI recently had a very busy week full of coffee dates, client meetings, meals with lovely people in our church community, family get-togethers, our Wednesday night Life Group, and what felt like a whole bunch of other appointments and errands.


Lifestyle

Endurance
Sprinting Towards Difficulty Instead of Shrinking From It

by Jasmin Howell

It was a hot summer’s day in 1923. A young Scotsman named Eric Liddell took his place at the starting line next to the other runners, gearing up for a challenging 400-meter race as an expectant crowd watched from the sidelines. As the starting pistol cracked, he bolted from his position like a bullet, tearing down the racetrack with incredible intensity.