Category Archives for "Lifestyle Freedom"

Thankful for the best gift ever

Someone Gave You the Best Gift Ever – Have You Thanked Them?

Do the names Marvin and Wesley Cousins or Larry Bryant mean anything to you? Unless you're from the Pratt, Kansas area and of a certain age, they probably don't ring and bells. But to me and my brother, Mike, they're three of the most wonderful names we've ever known. They gave us the best gift ever given.

Marvin and Wesley were family friends during my early teenage years. We didn't hang out a lot together, but we played little league baseball in the summer together and would sometimes go to the city pool together or spend the night at each other's house. We originally got to know them because their mom befriended our mom at work.

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woman doing daily devotions

The Best 16 Websites for Daily Devotions [Updated for 2017]

Let’s be honest. Most of us – if not every one of us – struggle with the idea of spending time in the word every day. If you’re like me, your struggle doesn’t come from lack of desire. You know the benefits of spending time in the word and in prayer every day; you just never can get into a discipline of doing it every day.

Let me give you a couple of encouragements before I present the 16 best places I’ve found on the internet to help you build this daily discipline.

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Show Gratefulness

12 Ways to Show Gratefulness to God

Why is it so hard to be thankful?

I’m sure you’ve seen the same articles I have - like this one from Happier Human that tell us how much better off we’ll be if we are intentionally grateful. I’m also sure you’ve read the admonitions in the Bible like in Psalms 100:4.

So have I…

If we know it’s good for us and that it pleases God, why is living a grateful life so difficult?

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.

Psalms 100:4

If you listen to popular wisdom, there are several reasons. For example:

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Obedience to God

Obedience is a 4 Letter Word

​Obedience is tough.

If you’re anything like me, you struggle with obedience too.

​Whether it’s being obedient to your schedule, to another person, to an exercise regimen or to God, we all struggle. At least everyone I know does…maybe you’re different?!

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