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XOXO: It is SO Worth It - Monday

Posted on Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Ruth 3:7 After Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he lay down at the far end of the pile of grain and went to sleep. Then Ruth came quietly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.
 
Ruth was a widow and a foreigner. In short, she had nothing. Left to glean grain scraps from the fields, she was staring down a future of poverty and loneliness. Then one day, a distant kinsman took notice of her and began to show unusual kindness towards her. Moved by his compassion, and hopeful that his kindness could extend to something deeper and more lasting, Ruth took a bold step. 
 
At the prompting of her mother-in-law, Ruth sneaked to the threshing floor (the place where a successful harvest was celebrated) after all the revelry had died down. Lying at the feet of Boaz, the beneficent landowner, Ruth made a move that could have been met with either gentle acceptance or a harsh rejection. Boaz’s reaction would not only determine the nature of their relationship, but Ruth’s entire future. 
 
Ruth needed companionship and compassion, protection and provision. Boaz had shown signs that he could be that kind of man and husband for her, but he had not yet taken the relationship to those depths. Ruth had to take a risk in order to discover Boaz’s true intentions and feelings. 
 
Disclaimer time: Ruth’s exact actions are not prescriptive for us. This story is not an open encouragement for young women to climb under the blankets of random men. There is an ancient ritual and symbolic meaning behind this encounter, much of which is lost on us. What we can take away is the understanding that intimacy is always preceded by vulnerability. Boaz could have ignored Ruth, taken advantage of her, abused her, rejected her, or mocked her; instead, he honored her.
  • At some point, we are all like both Ruth and Boaz: we need to model vulnerability, and we need to protect it in others. Thank God for your relationships where this has taken place, and take time this week to honor those people.

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

XOXO: What All Of Us Need - Friday

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (nlt)
 
All week, we’ve been talking about the lies that Satan tells us when we sin. Hopefully, you’ve been able to recognize some of these patterns in your own life and you’re standing up and saying, “NO, SATAN. BACK UP OFF ME.” 
 
Today, instead of revealing a lie, I want to leave you with a truth. 
 
God uses sinners.
 
Isn’t that incredible? If you’re like me, you read a story like David’s, see the lies that he believed, and you start to see yourself. I have believed those same lies! I can remember thinking:
 
“This is not a big deal.”
“I‘ve totally got this under control.”
“No one will know.”
“No one will be affected but me.”
 
Can you? If you get totally honest with yourself, I bet you can. And that’s because we all struggle with sin. And there is a very real enemy out there that wants us to stay stuck in our sin patterns. But, thank you sweet baby Jesus, there is good news. God uses sinners. As a matter of fact, the Bible is chock full of messed up stories like David’s. Stories of people just like us who do really dumb stuff, but somehow still get to be a part of God’s story. I am realizing there is one key in all of these people’s stories. Repentance. Sin is a reality as long as we have skin on. It’s going to happen. But y’all, we gotta own it. Confess it. And move on. A repentant heart is what gave David the title “A man after God’s own heart.” But like LeVar Burton wisely says, don’t take my word for it! Check out David’s response to his sin with Bathsheba in Psalm 51. Or Peter’s response when he is given a second chance after denying Jesus. Or Paul’s response on the road to Damascus. Or go to God yourself and repent. See if he doesn’t do for you what he did for each of those men.  
  • Rewrite Psalm 51 in your own words today.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

XOXO: What All Of Us Need - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Feb 25, 2016

And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. James 1:15b (nlt)
 
This week we are reading about David’s choices in 2 Samuel 11-12 in order to dispel the lies that Satan tells us when we sin.  
 
Lie #4 No one will be affected but me.
 
This lie is huge. Satan tells us that our decisions will only impact ourselves. No one else will ever know. Or care. Or be affected at all by our desire to have whatever we want. This one is SO NOT TRUE. Look at David. He is hanging out on his palace roof when he’s supposed to be at war, sees a pretty lady bathing, and thinks, “This is totally under my control, no one will ever know, and no one will be affected by this one tiny decision.” And BAM! A few months later David finds he has impregnated a woman, killed her husband, and then their baby dies as well. Not to mention, the “several other Israelite soldiers” that died in the battle with Uriah. People who aren’t even named lost their lives in David’s fight to conceal his sin.
 
This may seem extreme to you. But here is what is true. Sin always brings death. In David’s case, his sin brought the death of Uriah, some Israelite soldiers, and, eventually, his own child. God’s plan for our lives is complete restoration, but as long as we choose sin, death is sure to follow. Notice it wasn’t David who died, but the people all around him. People he cared about. People who were fighting for his kingdom. Your sin will affect the people around you. People you love. People you don’t want to destroy. Who are you putting in harm’s way?
  • Have you read 2 Samuel 11-12 yet? If not, what are you doing?! DO IT NOW!

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

XOXO: What All Of Us Need - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Feb 24, 2016

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 (nlt)
 
This week we are reading about David’s choices in 2 Samuel 11-12 in order to dispel the lies that Satan tells us when we sin.
 
Lie #3 No one will know.
 
The funny thing about the truth is, it always comes out. It’s like the girls on The Bachelor (yes, sometimes I watch The Bachelor, like, every Monday at 8) who think they can pretend to be super nice in front of the guy but are totally mean to the other girls. And what happens every time? The truth comes out. We can’t hide who we really are or what we really do. Especially on The Bachelor because they’re on TV, duh.
 
David found this out the hard way. In chapter 12, he gets totally confronted by his pal Nathan. And Nathan is a serious pro. He comes up with this whole story about a poor man and his tiny perfect family pet, a lamb that he raised from birth, and his mean rich neighbor who eats it. Nathan is an incredible storyteller. But he’s an even better friend, because he uses this heartbreaking story to show David the devastating thing that he has done in real life (quick recap:  David slept with Uriah’s wife, impregnated her, and ultimately killed Uriah). Y’all, the truth will come out. And David has created a pretty ugly mess by trying to hide it.
 
Today, are you believing the lie that no one will ever know your sin? Instead, hold on to God’s promise: the truth will set you free. It might cause a little bit of pain to tell the truth, but nothing like the devastating pain that hiding the truth will cause. Because when you kill someone’s pet lamb and have it for dinner, you can’t just give it back.
  • Have you read 2 Samuel 11-12 yet? If not, what? Why? Go read it.
  • Do you need to tell some real truth today? Get with someone you trust, and go for it. Sin cannot live in the light.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

XOXO: What All Of Us Need - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Feb 23, 2016

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a (nlt)
 
This week we are reading about David’s choices in 2 Samuel 11-12 in order to dispel the lies that Satan tells us when we sin.
 
Lie #2 I’ve got this under control.
 
Truth time. Self-control is not my thing. Do you remember conduct grades in elementary school? They were for important things like “shows good manners” and “plays well with others.” I got pretty good conduct grades, but there was one I could never get right: “practices self-control.” There was always an “Unsatisfactory” next to that category on my report card. Unsatisfactory. A very true word when it comes to my track record with self-control. And unfortunately, David’s too.
 
David thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to sleep with someone else’s wife. The husband was away at war, and it was just one time. He would never know. No harm done. The situation was totally under control, until Bathsheba writes David a note saying, “Hey man, I’m pregnant.” David still thinks he has the situation under control. He gets her husband, Uriah, to come home to convince him to sleep with her… that way Uriah will just think the baby is his. Too bad Uriah has an “Excellent” in the “practices self-control” category, because dude won’t sleep with his wife while his buddies are out fighting. David takes it a step further and gets Uriah drunk. He still won’t sleep with her. So David does the next best thing… he has Uriah killed. What started out as a tiny no-big-deal kind of thing has quickly spiraled out of control.
 
Here’s what I’m learning. Covering up sin is hard work. Sin can never be totally under your control. The Bible says self-control is a “fruit of the spirit.” That means, if you are trying to have self-control in any area, you will not have victory until you invite God’s Holy Spirit into the battle with you.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

XOXO: What All Of Us Need - Monday

Posted on Mon, Feb 22, 2016

In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.  2 Samuel 11:1(nlt)
 
Last week when I read 2 Samuel 11-12, I realized something. David was believing lies. And not just any lies… lies I’ve heard before. Lies I’ve believed before. That nasty devil, he doesn’t have a creative bone in his body. He was telling the same lies thousands of years ago that he’s still telling us today. So this week, we’re calling Satan out. We’re going to point out the lies he tells us that pull us further and further into sin. And hopefully, we’ll begin to recognize them in our own lives and say, “NO, SATAN. BACK UP OFF ME.”
 
Lie #1 This little decision doesn’t matter; it’s not a big deal.
 
There is a tiny “inconsequential” line at the very beginning of 2 Samuel 11 that says, “when the kings normally go to war.” Sounds like a throw away line, doesn’t it? You could read right over that and think nothing of it. So what? The kings normally go to war, and David decided to stay home. He was probably busy or worn out from conquering so many kingdoms. Dude needed a break… we all need a break from time to time. But here’s what I want you to see. This is where sin begins, in that inconsequential decision to do one thing when you know you are supposed to do something else. David probably didn’t know what was going to happen with Bathsheba the moment he decided to stay home, but he did know he was supposed to be fighting a battle.
  • Are you supposed to be fighting a battle? What inconsequential decision are you making right now that could be the first step toward sin? Fight now! And say it with me, “NO SATAN. BACK UP OFF ME.”
  • Read all of 2 Samuel 11-12 in preparation for this week.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

XOXO: What All Of Us Want - Friday

Posted on Fri, Feb 19, 2016

“After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland.” 
 
Joseph is one of my favorite people in the Bible. He has such an awesome story of courage and integrity. But he was born into a whole lot of dysfunction! That’s just how God works. God uses all this brokenness and deception to build a family for Jacob -through which God keeps His promise to Abraham and saves the world by sending Jesus. Leah is the great-great-great-great grandmother of Jesus. God has a track record of using the shameful things of the world, the weak things of the world, and the despised things.
 
Yet we spend so much time in our relationships trying to make ourselves look better than we are. We fight the perception of weakness. We fight so hard to be liked. We think thoughts like, “You don’t have to like me, warts and all. I don’t have any warts! Why? Did someone tell you I had warts?!”
 
I’ve had warts. I’m only 5’7”. My right eye blinks slower than the left. One time I got so angry I punched a hole in the wall. I struggle with sexual temptation. I have an uncanny ability to hurt people with my words. 
 
I deeply wish that none of these things were true. A.W. Tozer said it well when he wrote, “The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty.” I’m closer to God because of these things that I don’t like about myself. And I’m closer to you, too. I’ve learned that my friendships with you all are better when I stop trying to cover up my warts. 
  • What do we all want in our relationships? Transparency. Sit down with a trusted loved one today. Tell them about your warts and all. Have courage. Confession of truth is always fruitful… I’d even say therapeutic. God uses weakness. He’ll use that to bring you closer to them and to Him. Need help? Read this.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

XOXO: What All Of Us Want - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Feb 18, 2016

“Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.”
 
In my younger days, it was a common thing for me to avoid a commitment. For me to commit to mountain biking with Justin meant that I may not be able to go to a movie with Angie if she asked me later. I wanted to keep Justin on retainer in case Angie didn’t call. So I’d tell him yes and just cancel if I ended up with the option to sit next to Angie for an hour and a half. 
 
But there are many circumstances in our relationships that shouldn’t have an “also.” Jacob can’t make love to Leah and Rachel “also.” I couldn’t go mountain biking and to a movie with Angie “also.” You can’t love Jennifer when she’s fun but “also” ditch her when she starts to struggle financially. It’s not okay to watch the game with Steve but “also” walk out when he starts to tell you that he and his wife are having marital issues.
 
We live in a culture that has forgotten loyalty. We love the good stuff but want a way out when the bad comes along. Jacob’s way out was to add another wife. We do that all the time in our relationships. We replace our wife with a girlfriend. We replace our struggling friends with easy friends. We replace our problems with false good times. We need to learn to stick with our relationships through the difficult times.
  • What do we want in our relationships? Loyalty. Read Proverbs 21:21. “Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.” Get honest and recognize a relationship in your life that’s had “failing love” instead of “unfailing.” Ask the Holy Spirit what you can do to be more loyal in that relationship.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

XOXO: What All Of Us Want - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Feb 17, 2016

When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 
 
Leah wants to be pregnant but is tired of waiting. God uses children to bless people. She knows it. But she thinks she can manipulate someone else to accomplish God’s will in her life. And just as quick as she arranges this tomfoolery, she is jealous of Zilpah and raging against her. And hear me before you get all, “That’s cray-cray! I’d never do something like this!” We do it all the time. We take God’s good-natured blessings and use our relationships to force them into fruition. 
 
Have you ever wanted that promotion so badly that you’ve used flattery to reach your goal? The Bible says not to do that.
Have you ever regretted something that you could never be and pushed your child toward success in that area? The Bible says not to do that
Have you ever wanted to look more appealing than someone else so you ridiculed or slandered them to a mutual friend to paint yourself in a better light? The Bible says not to do that
Have you ever used sex to get something that you want from your husband or wife? The Bible says not to do that
 
I’ll admit, the whole Leah and Zilpah thing seems kooky to me. But we all fight the struggle to manipulate people to get what we want. And manipulation leads to distrust and a dog-eat-dog kind of living. That’s not how we’re made to do relationships.
  • What do we all want in relationships? Certainly not manipulation. I’m throwing some classic 1 Corinthians your way today. Read this as a prayer for your actions in your relationships. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

XOXO: What All Of Us Want - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”
 
I’m 5’7”. Actually, I’m 5’8”. But I like to say that I’m 5’7” because most guys that are 5’8” like to stretch that a bit and tell people that they’re 5’10”. I go the other way with it. It keeps me humble. So let’s all agree that I’m 5’7” and I’m never going to make the varsity basketball team. 
 
That wasn’t an easy truth to come to. Back when little me was 14 or 15 years old, I was so jealous of those guys on the basketball team. They had something that I didn’t. For one, they had girlfriends who were shorter than them. Two, they had girlfriends. If I could have reached the latter, I doubt I would have accomplished the former. Those were the cards I was dealt. So I was jealous of those guys and that jealousy caused me to say and do things that I’m not proud of. I would lie. I would try to be the funny guy, even if it was at someone else’s expense. I would overextend myself in hopes that my accomplishments would compensate for my height. It was bad. And now that I’ve found a beautiful wife of 5’7” (maybe 5’8”) and God has blessed me immeasurably, it seems so foolish. But jealousy made me an awful person.
 
What’s jealousy doing to you? Rachel made some regretful decisions because of jealousy. It’s easy for us to do the same. We look at neighbors and coworkers and base our decisions off of what our jealous feelings are telling us. 
  • What do all of us want in relationships? An absence of jealousy. Today, I want you to celebrate someone that you are jealous of. Tell them that you’re happy God has blessed them. Pray for them today.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

XOXO: What All Of Us Want - Monday

Posted on Mon, Feb 15, 2016

When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”
 
I don’t mean to kill anyone’s leftover Valentine’s Day vibe. But today I want to think about one thing that all of us want in every relationship. It’s something that is necessary, not only in romantic love, but to every friend, coworker, and neighbor. 
 
Honesty.
 
My oldest kid has begun to say, “To be honest,” before every statement that comes out of her mouth. Our language is revealing to our culture. To clarify, “to be honest,” (to me) would indicate anything that comes out of my mouth without that preface, may or may not be honest. It’s like saying, “I know that most of what I post online is a sham. I know that I exaggerate my income, my PR at the gym, and my influence on that project at work. I know that I fudged those tax forms in my favor. But, to be honest for once, I really did realize yesterday was Valentine’s Day.”
 
For us to clarify when we’re being honest implies that we are often not. Jesus said it simply. Just say yes or no. You don’t need all their, “I swear,” or, “Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.” If our yes is “yes” and our no is “no,” then let’s let our actions back that up. But there are many of us reading today who have crooked yeses and limping nos. And our relationships are suffering because of it. 
  • What do all of us want in our relationships? Honesty. Make that start with you. Spend some time in prayer right now. Ask God to reveal to you a way that you have been dishonest with someone you know. Pray a prayer of confession to Him and ask the Holy Spirit what steps can be taken to right that wrong.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

XOXO: It Isn’t Going To Be Easy - Friday

Posted on Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
 
None of us escape this life without storms and trials. Maybe even today you find yourself in the midst of a storm? Or perhaps you have just come through a devastating storm or whirlwind of life’s circumstances? Recently, I was reminded that it is not necessarily what happens to us in life that shapes our future, but rather the choices we make in the midst of what is happening to us. What do we choose? How do we respond? Maybe the true test of life has very little to do with the circumstances or situations in which we find ourselves, but rather with our reaction to these changes, situations, and circumstances.
 
The Light of God’s Word illuminates every hidden crevice of the heart, mind, will, soul and emotions. It’s a map which reveals the condition of our heart and then gives us the instructions we need to find the treasure of growing in our love relationship with God and with people. God’s way is a life giving path. His words are truth and life, transforming us by changing the way we think. God’s desire is for us to be in a healthy position mentally and spiritually to move beyond the destructive sting of woundedness in our past into a life of healing and wholeness. 
 
When we change our minds and our thinking, outward change will follow. Outward transformation is a result of inward change. Again, Kingdom of opposites. 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us God doesn’t see like we see - we look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. The world is still trying to change the external expecting an inward change, but real change comes from the inside out. It’s time to stop trying to fix an internal, heart, spiritual problem with external, temporary patches. 
 
Remember you are not alone. You are completely known and completely loved. Even when we don’t understand, we can trust the Lord. He is the Master of restoring what has been broken: broken hearts, broken dreams, broken trust, broken marriages, broken friendships... broken people.  
  • I’m praying this song of simple trust washes over and encourages you.

Amy Bowerbank
Care Administrative Assistant

XOXO: It Isn’t Going To Be Easy - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Psalm 55:12 For it is not an enemy who betrayed me, then I could bear it;
 
People often ask me why the people who are supposed to love us the most and know us the best, are often the very ones that tend to hurt us the worst. Relationships are risky, love is risky. Our enemy knows how to hurt us through the ones closest to us. David laments, “If it was an enemy, I could take it.” But it wasn’t, it was someone he trusted, lived life with, and loved. The enemy brings offense through the people we grow up with, confide in, share holidays with. He uses our family members, our parents, our spouses, our children, our best friends, our church family, our co-workers. The enemy is merciless and uses those closest to us as his pawns for the destructive schemes against us. The objective of his plan is to wound with an offense(s) in an attempt to sever our relationships that can ultimately get us into a position to leave a marriage, a friendship, a church. Many Christians are trapped in the prison of unforgiveness.  Many are unable to function properly in their calling because of the wounds and hurts those offenses have caused. They are hindered from living an extraordinary life and fulfilling their full potential. 
 
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison while wishing harm to someone else. Ouch! Left unchecked the wound of offense leading to unforgiveness will cause us to become toxic. Toxic to ourselves and to others. But, there is an antidote to this poison, it’s called forgiveness.  Forgiveness is defined as the act of setting someone free from an obligation to you that is a result of wrong done against you. When we choose to forgive someone we are letting them go - and in return setting ourselves free.
 
Today let’s ask the Lord to shine the light of His love and do a heart inventory:
  • Is there anyone I need to forgive?
  • Am I mad at the Lord for allowing something to happen that I didn’t understand?
Let’s not wait one more day to get on the road to healing and wholeness!

Amy Bowerbank
Care Administrative Assistant

XOXO: It Isn’t Going To Be Easy - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Feb 10, 2016

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
 
God doesn’t desire an ordinary life for us - with ordinary friendships, a mediocre marriage, or just okay relationships with our children. Jesus said that He came to give us life more abundantly. There is nothing ordinary about life more abundantly. It’s living the way God dreamed for us before our fall into sin. It’s the life Jesus died, rose again, and paid for with His very life. It’s His extra on our ordinary. It’s far above the standards of this world, more than titles and image, more than acquiring wealth and possessions. Abundant life is about who you are, not what you have or what works you do. It’s the kingdom of opposites principle: We cannot live a spirit filled, extraordinary, abundant life with our minds enslaved to our fleshly, selfish desires. We have to die to our selfish “what about me?” nature and exchange it for the selfless humble nature of our Jesus. A life that bears the life-giving fruit of His Spirit. (See Galatians 5:22-26)
 
We need the power of the His Spirit because every relationship has conflict. John 10:10 reveals that the thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy. We have an enemy and his mission is to bring division, sow strife, destroy our marriages, families, our churches and take anything that we allow him to take. Instead of allowing conflict to divide our relationships, God wants to use it to draw us closer to Him and to one another. Knowing God through His word, being empowered by His Spirit and becoming equipped with the knowledge of how His kingdom operates is vital to living the abundant life and life-giving, healthy relationships.  
 
Let’s ask God today for the supernatural power of His spirit to rule and reign in every area of our lives. To live in agreement, unity, and that amazing love that hopes, believes and will not fail. The kind of love that stands boldly protecting and fighting for all we hold precious and dear that the Lord has so graciously entrusted us. May we not settle for common or ordinary, but live the extraordinary, abundant life! 

Amy Bowerbank
Care Administrative Assistant

XOXO: It Isn’t Going To Be Easy - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Feb 09, 2016

A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
 
We cannot give what we do not have. Our love relationship with the Father is the starting place and the source of love that will flow into all our other relationships. Jesus said for us to love one another the way that He loves us. This a good way to take inventory of how you feel God loves you… because what is in you is what will flow out of you. Jesus said he who is forgiven much loves much. The degree you feel loved and forgiven by God will be your measuring stick for love in all your relationships.  
 
If we are not tapped into the Source of all love, we are love-deficient and incapable of fulfilling this command. Instead we will experience disappointment, discontent, and frustration if we look to others to fill the void that is specifically reserved for God Himself. Many people - even after receiving Christ - still look to the natural things of this world to fill a spiritual void, people and relationships included. God is jealous for us and desires to satisfy our greatest longing to be loved, known, accepted, understood, valued, cherished and celebrated. It is from this place that we can love others well.  
 
Let’s determine today to not settle for merely knowing about the God who created us, but rather be determined to know Him personally. The only way to really get to know someone is by spending time with them. Time in His word, in worship and in prayer are all great ways to spend time with the One Who created you, Who knows you better than you know yourself, and the Source of all life, light and love Himself. 
  • May your heart be encouraged as you sing this song as a prayer to Him.

Amy Bowerbank
Care Administrative Assistant


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