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The Upside: Purpose

The Upside: Purpose

One cool Saturday night in September 2015, my mama hung the next day’s church clothes on her closet door. She placed a cup of water on her nightstand next to my novel and climbed into her plush bed. Sometime during the night, while my mother slept, her soul went to be with Jesus. I watched

Groomed: Overcoming the Lies that Shaped our Past and Stepping into a Limitless New Year

I’ve spent more than a decade working with American survivors of sex trafficking — precious young girls who, before they had everything stolen, lived a lot like my daughter or yours. When I first started working with them, I thought I was there to help them, but the more I listened to their stories, the

Gluten-Free Pasta: The Failure of Perfection

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness, and affection. ~ Brené Brown The congested traffic curved for miles ahead of me, looking like a winding line of red

Rebekah Lyons Invites You to Rhythms of Renewal

Rhythm is something intentional that we decide that we’re going to do every day. And, renewal is to repair something that has been broken down or worn out. Rhythms of Renewal is God inviting us in to a cadence with Him. Where we rest with Him and He leads us. He wants to be our

Join the Rhythms of Renewal Online Bible Study

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path… — Psalm 142:3 God pours into us in the still and silent places so He can pour us out in the world He loves. ~ Rebekah Lyons Hey, friends, Are you ready for a fresh start in 2020? I have a love-hate relationship

Focus on Love This Christmas

Let all that you do be done in love. —1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV My friend from law school, Diana, pulled into the snow-covered drive. I put on boots and went out to greet her. “Merry Christmas,” I said, embracing her. “Thanks for inviting me to your family Christmas,” she said. “I thought I’d have to

Why Should I Read the Bible?

These instructions are not empty words — they are your life! — Deuteronomy 32:47 When I was younger, I saw the Bible as a book of rules, a long list of dos and don’ts. Although I was saved at a young age, my view on God’s love was severely skewed. I thought I was a “good” Christian if I did

God Created Us for Happiness

Being a mom of five sons, there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing my boys happy. Their smiles, their laughter, their pure enjoyment of life, these are things that make my heart full of joy. I delight in their delight. That said, as much as their happiness brings me happiness, I know that

The Weekly Faith Project: A Challenge to Journal, Reflect, and Cultivate a Genuine Faith 

The moment has come. Your alarm goes off (maybe for the second time), and your feet hit the floor. It’s still a little dark outside, and you’re all sorts of groggy. It’s the start of another day, and you already feel exhausted, overwhelmed and underprepared. You have approximately 45 minutes to take a shower, make

What Does the Lord Require of You? Micah 6:8

Certain dates on the calendar need no explanation and demand no commentary. Several of them are anxiously anticipated and warmly welcomed. One in particular is December 25. Not much needs to be said about what that date means. Another is January 1. And how about July 4? Without saying a word, you thought of hot

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