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Faith in the Dark :: When You Experience Otherwise

  Today I’m celebrating the release of my friend Addie Zierman’s second memoir Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark. I’ve read the book and I think you should, too. Addie asked her community to join in the conversation with this invitation: In this synchroblog, I’m hoping you’ll tell me your stories of faith in the darkness. One of my least favorite things in both American and Christian culture is how quickly we skip over the dark spaces of our stories to get to the redemption and beauty and light. I want to spend a little time talking about...

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No One Said It Would Be Easy: My One Word

It’s not easy choosing to follow the Lord. If they told you it would be, they lied.   It’ll break your heart. He’ll break your heart. They’ll break your heart. You’ll find yourself pleading with the God of the Universe for just one, small, crumb from His table…   It’s not easy. It’s devastating, at times. Following Jesus leaves you bare, exposed, and open.   But, it’s also romantic--the Creator of all things, holding each atom together in perfect harmony, is deeply, passionately, fervently in love with you.   It’s poetic--a man, climbing upon a cross to die for his friends. Then offering them life eternal.   It’s wild--life...

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Joy, Joy, Joy!

I have been living the abundant life God has promised me? What does that really look like? Am I supposed to feel happy all the time if I've got this "thing" down?  My answer to my own question is no and I don't know.   No, I feel like there is certainly more abundance God wants for me, but I don't really know what that looks like, and it would be impossible to be human and be happy all the time. I am chasing after the one thing that I know is real, what I know God desires for me, and I...

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Hope Deferred and the Art of a Good Story  

  [dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']P[/dropcaps]racticed readers know that a story is as good as its first chapter, sometimes its first paragraph. To understand our story within the arc of God’s narrative, the concept doesn’t change: we look to the beginning of the story to understand its end.   In the first book of the Bible, we meet a seventeen-year-old Joseph who has just revealed two dreams he received from the Lord, which prophesy of his unique calling. This news rouses his older brothers’ jealousy. They, in turn, sell him into slavery, which is the means by which Joseph fulfills his prophetic dream and...

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We are Invited to the Table

[dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']E[/dropcaps]very once in a while I am overwhelmed by the thought that there are some things that aren’t designed for me to experience. I think this not from a place of defeat or depression, but from the knowledge that there are certain dreams I have placed on the back-burner of my heart and mind.   One of my most beloved movies from childhood (along with 2 million others, I am sure) is Hook. My absolute favorite part is when the Lost Boys and grown Peter Pan are sitting at the table to eat. It appears as though there is nothing to...

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The Lord, Our Only Salvation

  The last year of my life has been quite a huge stepping-stone and journey. In 12 months, I have learned more about my spiritual gifts than ever, especially about being equipped and stepping out in more faith and authority to walk in them daily. Hearing from the Lord more clearly for others and myself has been on my radar, as well.   At Overcome, I had to stop and ask the Lord what things I needed breakthrough in or a shift in perspective.   One challenge He highlighted to me was the feeling of personal responsibility to be a form of salvation to others....

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The Beautiful Line to The Throne

God created a precious and powerful line of communication that goes straight to Him. It is prayer.   The Devil has no ability to contain this. It is the raw material of God and His people. Prayer is out of Satan's influence. He has no power to warp or influence a prayers's trajectory to God's throne after it has been prayed.  Once it is prayed, it bounces around eternity burning before the throne of God. That is quite the picture of what prayer is and how God sees it, but do we truly believe and feel the gravity of what we are doing...

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This Is How We Overcome

“Behold, now is the favorable time.” -2 Corinthians 6:2   PRISM :: OVERCOME: On Saturday, April 25, at New City Church in downtown Phoenix, nearly one hundred women of all ages gathered under the leadership of Christ, where event speakers—brokenhearted yet wholehearted—risked sharing vulnerable testimonies to reveal how Jesus can rewrite anyone’s story.   Just as women began to break the ice in early morning conversation, Prism’s spoken word poet Kayla Koehn approached us: “Can you hear the chains breaking?” she asked. We looked around and remembered the word God had spoken over the women that morning: they had brought with them a spirit of...

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The Shackles of Expectancy

I’ve always struggled with the idea of “expectancy.” It’s an idea/phrase/state of mind that has never really been an easy thing for me to grasp. Honestly, I think I’ve been failing at it for a while now.   In itself, being expectant is not a bad thing. It’s actually quite necessary to please the Lord as stated in Hebrews 11:6. However, I’ve found myself in trouble or increasingly in doubt when certain blessings have been delayed, like experiencing things supernaturally, seeing healings, being launched into worship ministry, getting married, or finding the right job. There was never a selfish intent to enhance...

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