Protection not Rejection
Feb28

Protection not Rejection

Innate in all of us is the desire to be recognized, appreciated, and accepted.

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Love is a Four Letter Word
Jan31

Love is a Four Letter Word

When we use the word, do we actually understand its meaning?

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A Life of Significance
Dec29

A Life of Significance

Growing up, I wanted to be a famous rock star. But my expectations were left unmet.

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Make Room for Jesus
Nov30

Make Room for Jesus

Like most families, we have several traditions we follow each Christmas season.

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Entwined in Him
Nov01

Entwined in Him

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. Psalm 27:14

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Behind the Olympian
Oct03

Behind the Olympian

Too often we gaze into others’ lives with rose-tinted glasses. We peruse the picture perfect Facebook and Instagram images, believing the stories they tell. But there is always more to the story…

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War with the Word
Aug31

War with the Word

Everyone struggles—even the phrase “the struggle is real” has become a cliché.

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The Lion and the Peacock
Aug01

The Lion and the Peacock

Though it’s been well over a decade, I still remember that tremendous sound.

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God + Mary = Jesus
Jun28

God + Mary = Jesus

But without Joseph, Mary would have been executed.

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Kasey’s Bucket List
Jun07

Kasey’s Bucket List

How a family turned grief into grace

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Back to the Basics
May02

Back to the Basics

A few months ago a friend and I decided to read through the Bible together. We meet weekly to discuss God’s Word and share fresh revelation. I am constantly amazed by the brilliance of the Bible. One can read it over and over and still learn something new about God, His ways, and His people. Many people only know “of” God. They have a vague idea of who He is, or perhaps they’ve adopted someone else’s description of Him. He is often...

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Stay of Execution
Apr01

Stay of Execution

For several days the term “stay of execution” flashed in my mind. Though somewhat familiar with the term, any time I have a strong impression in my spirit, whether it is a phrase or single word, I like to look up the definition to make sure I have a full understanding. According to Wikipedia: “A stay of execution is a court order to temporarily suspend the execution of a court judgment or other court order. The word ‘execution’ does...

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Not Just a War Room
Mar02

Not Just a War Room

War Room hit theaters in August 2015 and took the box office by storm. Media outlets were shocked that the low budget film from the Kendrick brothers took in over $11 million in its opening weekend. Ticket sales held strong week after week, and by the end of the year the movie had grossed over 67 million dollars. Clearly, its message struck a chord in our society. Though the acting was much improved over previous films marketed to the...

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Walking in Love
Feb01

Walking in Love

Years ago, Steven Curtis Chapman composed a song entitled, “For The Sake of the Call.” One line in the chorus said, “We will abandon it all, for the sake of the call.” In 1943, that’s exactly what a dedicated young couple, Milford and Eleanor Howell, chose to do. As newlyweds they packed their bags, said goodbye to family and friends, and moved to West Africa as Baptist missionaries. Upon their arrival in Eku, Nigeria, Milford began...

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5 Truths for Frustrated Christians
Jan08

5 Truths for Frustrated Christians

Though I’ve been a Believer most of my life, I only recently came to the “revelization” (revelation plus realization) that many of the most common experiences in the Christian walk often lead to feelings of frustration—and in the very worst cases, disillusionment with Christianity itself. The following five facts may help ease the pressure some Christ-followers may feel. It isn’t easy. Following Christ in the manner He intended us to...

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Thankful For Christmas
Dec07

Thankful For Christmas

For years our family erected our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. I was determined to fully enjoy the celebration of thankfulness before I moved on to everything Christmas. I resented the over-commercialization of the holidays and longed to savor each moment every year. Last year, however, I had an epiphany. With the sudden realization that without Christ I’d have nothing to be thankful for, I decided Christmas should be...

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Troops to Recruit
Nov09

Troops to Recruit

Tired, hungry, bruised and battered, I lie in the tent trying to recover from yet another unsuccessful battle engagement. My right hand is withered in pain, and my feet are swollen. I stretch out on the ragged cot and stare through the hole in the tent at the stars. I know we have been promised the victory, yet defeat seems so imminent. Every day the enemy pushes forward, encroaching upon our territory. It started thousands of years...

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God of the Impossible
Oct05

God of the Impossible

She had been barren for over seven years. Though she had cried out to God in desperation, her prayers remained unanswered. God assured her through many voices He had heard and He would answer, but her heartache led her to explore other alternatives. Fertility tests revealed only a 3% chance she and her husband would ever conceive on their own. They considered in-vitro fertilization, but neither felt released to move forward. She wept,...

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Before & After September
Sep08

Before & After September

In the original Roman calendar, September was the seventh month; the name was derived from the Latin word septem which means seven. In Biblical numerology, seven is the number of perfection, and is often referred to as “God’s number.” No doubt, the month of September has spiritual implications (as does everything in our natural world). A simple Google search reveals September has proven to be a significant month not only in American...

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The Best of Me
Aug05

The Best of Me

“Jesus, please make me a superhero so I can be awesome.” I overheard this statement coming from the mouth of my 3-year old a few months ago. I smiled when he said it, thinking: My thoughts exactly. If we’re honest, we would all admit that though we may not have asked God to turn us into superheroes, we’ve all asked Him to make us better than we are. Each of us has a longing to be more. When Marvel’s new superhero movie, Avengers: Age...

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Honor the Aging
Jul08

Honor the Aging

You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the LORD.  Leviticus 19:32 Some in the world still follow these first few words from Leviticus 19:32; every time an elderly person enters a room, the younger stand. As I imagine myself in a room witnessing such a gesture, I am captivated by a culture that would show such honor. We in the west are so youth focused; we idolize perfect...

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Let It Rain
Jun02

Let It Rain

In the last several years, the United States has suffered drought conditions, and Texas has been no exception. Six months ago, the primary water source for much of North Texas, Lake Lavon, was a mere 47.2% full resulting in extremely tight watering restrictions, as well as dying crops, and brittle ground. The land was thirsty and in desperate need of rain. In other news, we have witnessed heinous acts of terror all over the globe,...

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Cinderella’s Slipper
Apr06

Cinderella’s Slipper

She is lovely beyond compare. Kind, compassionate, and perfectly proportioned, Cinderella embodies the feminine ideal. The gentleness she displays in the face of adversity inspires even mice to champion her cause. By Andrea Peters As a child I loved this story. My mom will still teasingly recall how I would play “Cinderella” and bossily appoint her to the role of Grand Duke. She would be assigned the task of holding the slipper and...

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A New Song
Mar26

A New Song

By Michelle Wallace Kevin Weable, who is with Go.Be.Hope, an organization that actively seeks orphanages to help, told me a story that happened during an expedition to Haiti. Kevin and a group of men had traveled to Haiti to discover where they could partner in orphan care. The trip involved visiting a few different orphanages. The first orphanage was highly organized. Kevin explained there was a big set up for teams to come in, which...

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You are My Masterpiece
Dec11

You are My Masterpiece

In Ephesians 3 Paul wrote from prison concerning the call of God on his life to share the mystery and the beauty of God’s plan, “The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone,...

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You Make Me Brave
Nov04

You Make Me Brave

There are some words, no matter how often I hear them, how frequently I say them, they have the effect of washing over me like rain. When I hear, I will be their God and they will be my people, something happens on the inside of me that I can’t really explain. We all, every person born on this broken planet has a need to belong. We might deny it, but it’s to our own detriment. God put it on the inside of us. Life is about loving and...

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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
Aug13

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

The astounding story of a little boy’s trip to heaven and back Todd Burpo can still recall an experience he had just before writing his bestselling book, “Heaven Is for Real.” On a trip to Washington he noticed the great monuments, many holding the inscription “God.” He saw the Bible on display. “But there was something grossly missing,” Todd said. “I never saw the name of Jesus—it was like it was okay to talk about God but Jesus was...

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Abundant Life
May03

Abundant Life

Fruit of the Vine A number of years ago my husband began experiencing various unexplained symptoms. Unfortunately they were symptoms common to a number of different illnesses. We visited multiple doctors who were unable to diagnose the problem. During that time I really hit my knees to hear from the Lord. A couple things came to me. Number one: that this sickness would not end in death but it would be for His glory. When I shared the...

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Signposts
Mar06

Signposts

Years ago my husband and I opened a small automotive shop in our city. As with most small business we experienced some growing pains. During one particularly slow season, I cried out to God. He brought me to a little-known passage in the book of Jeremiah. And the words from Jeremiah 29:7 seemed to make sense for my situation when I read: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the...

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Learning to Love
Feb06

Learning to Love

Does anyone else struggle in relationships or is it just me? I already know the answer. Unless you’re on a deserted island, there’s struggle. Even there it’s possible, as portrayed by Tom Hank’s character in Cast Away, struggling with his friend, Wilson, the volleyball. We can’t get away from it, so we might as well settle it! Relationships are challenging. The most helpful tool in relating to others is The Word of God. No two people...

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God Shows Up
Jan13

God Shows Up

The following story, which was sent to Michelle Wallace by email, occurred March 18. Bonnie Teachout, a missionary and an incredible woman of God, will admit she has been messed-up, crushed, broken and now, made over by God’s grace. Bonnie offers a quote from Tozer that best describes what He has done in her life: “God plants His dream in a person’s heart and then molds the person to fit the dream. Even though the molding...

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The Adventure Way
Jan07

The Adventure Way

Before I traded my practical SUV in for a not as practical, but lots more fun convertible, on some Fridays, as a special treat to my then five-year-old, we would take the “Adventure Way” home. We discovered this not-recommended shortcut after I’d spent some time on Google maps searching for a quicker route from office to driveway. On the satellite image it looked perfect: a straight, two-lane road that cut about seven miles off my...

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Say It in a Love Note
Dec26

Say It in a Love Note

 “Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Between 1915 and 1946 artist Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz wrote each another over 5,000 love letters totaling 25,000 pages, sometimes penning three and four letters a day. My Faraway One; Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, at over 800 pages, is a mere a sampling of their words...

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Overlooked by Men, Never Forgotten by God
Dec19

Overlooked by Men, Never Forgotten by God

Can a woman forget her nursing child? Will she have no compassion on the child from her womb? Although mothers may forget, I will not forget you. I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Your walls are always in my presence. Isaiah 49: 15-16 By Michelle Wallace He didn’t look like much as he emerged from the Metro into L’enfant Plaza station, wearing jeans, a baseball cap and a long sleeved tee. Positioning himself against the...

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