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Jennifer Clarke
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Pointing you toward building a real-life faith through relationship with God.
Pointing you toward building a real-life faith through relationship with God.

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When it comes to what's best for our kids, God makes some things abundantly clear. 
Other things remain hazy, though. 
Sometimes there's no clear right-or-wrong answer. How do we know what's best in those situations?
There's a principle that has guided me well in my parenting journey. I'm sharing it at Satisfaction Through Christ today.
Read an excerpt and get the link here:
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"Family knows where home is, and they know the light will be on waiting for them. They know how to get there and they don’t need anything other than the light to welcome them home. Wherever they go, they know that the porch light will be on, welcoming them."

But what about those who aren't yet family? Those who aren't looking for the light, and even if they were, they don't really know how to find it?

The answer is pretty simple: we take it to them. 
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When we read about great heroes of the Christian faith, it's easy to think that faith looks like giant leaps for God.
Sometimes it is.
But I suspect that more often than not, faith looks like tiptoes. 
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I appreciate these practical and intentional ways to bless my husband!
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This is powerful. I'm sorry to say that I had never heard of Dr. John M. Perkins before reading this post, but I'm so thankful for the opportunity to learn a little bit about him. 

I appreciate so much this idea of entering into the pain of others. I believe that's a key component to racial reconciliation, and also to living the Christian life in pretty much every way. 

"We need to be like Jesus, who, through his incarnation, entered into our pain.  We need to be like Moses, who entered into the pain of the Israelites, when he could have stayed and enjoyed a posh life in the palace.  We need to be like the Good Samaritan, or Paul...examples of those who entered into the pain of others to bring reconciliation."
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"Satan uses our past to try to plague our future. He uses our past to make us feel shameful, discontent, scared and unworthy. He uses our past against us, again and again, a home video of our past constantly playing in our mind. Just the sight of an old stomping ground, a certain song on a radio, or a smell or taste of something we once knew – can take us to a place we never wanted to be again.

Satan uses our forgiven past to poke holes in our future."

Here are 10 Scriptures to use when Satan attacks you in this way. 
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This is a good word about the importance of the belt of truth.

"The rest of our armor is held together by the belt of Truth.  Our protection and defenses depend upon Truth."  
God's armor
God's armor
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"Recently a friend of mine posted something like this on Facebook:

'It has been a horrible week. The kids were sick, so we didn’t get to take our scheduled vacation. We lost our health insurance. I am waiting in the hospital while my husband has his appendix taken out. It has been stressful.'

Immediately the responses were numerous. And predictable.
'I’m so sorry.'
'That’s awful.'
'I’m praying for you.'
'Let me know how I can help.'

Stop.
I am begging you. If you are a friend of someone who is suddenly in crisis, STOP."

Here's what to do instead if you really want to be the hands and feet of Jesus for your friend in crisis.
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Face it. There are some people that we don’t get along with. Personalities clash. We struggle to find common interests or hobbies. Sometimes, we feel a great tension, or even turmoil, in wanting to be liked by others as well as really wanting to like them but we simply struggle through all that.

So what happens when the tension of friendship is found with someone you may look up to or someone who has the capability to influence so many others?  What happens when we don’t to get along with our pastor’s wife?
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Excellent questions to consider:

When did it become such a bad thing to fight for your marriage?

When did “for better or worse” turn into “for better or while it’s convenient”?

And, who are we to judge if someone is wrong for wanting to work on their marriage? for wanting to stand by their spouse? for wanting to see them get the help they so desperately need?
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