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It’s All About ME

It’s All About ME

[Inside: Why we should submit to each other.] Togetherness It’s August. The sun is shining, the pool is sparkling, the lake is calling, and the kids have been home now for 8 weeks… (but who’s counting?!) For the most part it’s been wonderful. The schedule […]

3 Fantastic Resources to Help You Plan for Christmas

3 Fantastic Resources to Help You Plan for Christmas

Christmas.  In July. What?! We’re in the middle of Popsicle and pool days. We’re busy relaxing on the deck with a good book, and enjoying bonfires at the beach with toes in the sand. Who’s thinking about Christmas? We are at Extravagant Hope! If you’ve […]

Restoring a Hidden Treasure: My Opal Ring {Guest Blogger}

Restoring a Hidden Treasure: My Opal Ring {Guest Blogger}

 hgkhgkhgkhf gytg7giuygo Restoring a Hidden Treasure: My Opal Ring By Guest blogger, Melinda K. Taylor klhiuoiugoyflkjh jh An Unexpected Find Have you ever found a hidden treasure when you were not really looking for one? January 2018 I was visiting my daughter Crystal in Cincinnati […]

When You Don’t Think You Have Enough Faith

When You Don’t Think You Have Enough Faith

(Inside: Let’s increase our faith.)   I don’t like to have faith. I mean, I do…but only in theory. Because having faith means I’m okay with the unknown. And that conflicts with my desire to be “in the know” at all times. Photo by Flavio […]

How to Hear God’s Voice in the Valley

How to Hear God’s Voice in the Valley

(Inside: Hearing God’s voice in the midst of hard times. God is there. God is for you. And He will speak to you. Learn from Elijah’s story to better discern God’s voice in your own life.)   You know how outside elements – hail, debris or small […]

Redeemed – On Mission in Rwanda

Redeemed – On Mission in Rwanda

(Inside: Redeemed – an African story of love and redemption.)   Redeemed: A Boy’s Story He was 9 years old in April of 1994.  He and his 8 brothers and sisters lived with their parents in a village not far from the capital city of […]

Eager for God – On Mission in Rwanda

Eager for God – On Mission in Rwanda

If I heard it once, I must have heard it 50 times while in Africa, “Will you pray for me?” I heard if from people I met at church, at the girls school, teachers, pastors and strangers. People asking for prayer for their health, family […]

Spiritual Hunger – On Mission in Rwanda

Spiritual Hunger – On Mission in Rwanda

I am not a missions girl.  In fact, at the risk of having you think me un-godly, I will confess to you that “Missions Sunday” is my least favorite Sunday of the year. If you haven’t been to one, allow me to describe it for […]

Who is the widow? Caring for Vulnerable Women

Who is the widow? Caring for Vulnerable Women

(Inside: Expanding our definition of the “widow” and helping vulnerable women) Who is the Widow? Soothing music filled the gently lit room. The comforting scent of aroma therapy candles enveloped me as the gifted hands of the massage therapist worked the knots out of my […]

A Foster to Adopt Story (And How They Need You)

A Foster to Adopt Story (And How They Need You)

(Inside: How you can help take care of the orphans through adoption, foster care or in a different way. Read ideas from a touching story.)   Jenny felt like God had something big in store for her.   Her negative self-talk questioned: Who am I […]


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