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An Abundant Life in Christ

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An Abundant Life in Christ

By Stephanie Parker I have a confession to make. Every time the song, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” comes on the radio, I have to change the station. I LOVE that song but Michael Jackson’s sweet voice brings with it a tinge of sadness for me now. That innocent little boy singing that upbeat Christmas melody would lead a very broken life and die a tragic death. That song is a reminder that the world’s definition of an “abundant life” and God’s definition of an “abundant life” are two very different things. On the surface, Michael Jackson had it...

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Why God won't let me lose weight....

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Why God won't let me lose weight....

By Stephanie Parker I was exhausted! We had squeezed 3 Christmases into one day and that was about 2 too many! It was wonderful seeing family but I was spent. I had stayed up until 2am and midnight the nights prior to make sure everyone’s Christmas would be magical. By the time we got home on Christmas evening, my exhaustion had hit an all-time high. I should have known what was coming. The enemy usually goes after me when I’m tired. He gets my defenses down and goes for the jugular. And boy did he knock it out of the...

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Brushing Away Sin

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Brushing Away Sin

By Stephanie Parker My 3 year old son, Maverick, went to the dentist recently. The dentist told him, “if you eat sugar, you get ‘sugar bugs’ in your teeth. If you don’t brush, your teeth could fall out.” Well, my son more than took this little piece of advice to heart. If a piece of candy even looks at him the wrong way, he asks to go brush his teeth! Yesterday he brushed his teeth 4 times. That dentist deserves some sort of award! The Bible says that we are to have faith like a little child (Matthew 18:2-4). I...

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Searching for "the one" and finding "The One"

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Searching for "the one" and finding "The One"

By Stephanie Parker Today, I heard something that rocked me to my core. I heard someone say that everyone goes into marriage with a picture of what it should look like. A very perfect, idealistic picture. The problem is, you marry a person, not a picture. But there comes a time in every marriage when you have to decide if you are going to destroy the picture or the person. Only one will survive. What I’m about to share is terrifying to say the least, my prayer is that it will help at least one person. It will be worth...

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Are you a Goat or a Sheep?

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Are you a Goat or a Sheep?

By Stephanie Parker My husband, Brett, has a new obsession: Goats. We recently moved to the country. My husband thought he’d commemorate this life event with livestock. Brett knew NOTHING about goats nor was he raised near any farm animal to speak of, but that didn’t stop him. We now have 50 chickens, 7 cows, 17 goats and a pig named, “Crispy Bacon.” Out of all of our newly acquired livestock, the goats are the apple of my husband’s eye. He is quickly becoming familiar with ‘goat lingo.’ And yes… there is such a thing as ‘goat lingo!’ He is...

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