Do you know that you are Loved?

There are a few words that have become attached to me over the past years. I cling to them, exhume them, and force them to come alive in my own life until they become a part of me. “Intentional” is definitely one of those words. Far too often people have good intentions. We all want to live our best life now. We want to lose a few pounds. We want to go back to school one day. We want to get our finances in order. We want to live and pursue our dreams. We all want to love and be loved by someone.

Yet we go through life completing the same routines every day. We eat the same stuff, read the same material, watch the same shows, and listen to the same voices (in our head and outside of it). We watch the days go by and let life happen to us. That’s a passive way of living, and it does not get us the results that we desire. If we truly want to live free, then we must intentionally make choices that put us on another life course. Spiritual retreats are great opportunities to pause and reflect, and then hit the reset button on life.

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Women on Life

Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved, & Neglected

“Life is important to the Christian because, first and foremost, it is important to God.”

Why I picked up this book:

This week I have the honor of sharing my heart for racial reconciliation and biblical justice at the Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington, DC. In addition to talking about anti-human trafficking advocacy, I will also be supporting the International Justice Mission as they inform a local congregation about the life-changing work they do all over the work to restrain the hand of violence against the world’s most vulnerable, those living in poverty.

My friend, Trillia Newbell, is the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). She is also the editor of this work, and the author of the newly released book, Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts.

Who Should Read Women on Life:

Anyone who wants perspective on what it means to be pro-life in different situations and through different walks of life.

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When Judging Pays Off

There is a blogger turned author named, Luvvie Ajayi. I read her blogs occasionally and follow her on social media. I do this for two reasons: a.) Luvvie understands the pulse of American culture (and in many ways, she is the pulse), and b.) Luvvie is laugh-out-loud funny, and I need that kind of healing in my life.

In September 2016, she released her first book of essays entitled, “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.” It instantly became a New York Times best-seller. I’m not presenting this book on Tuesdays as a recommendation for “Natasha’s Study,” although her chapters “Racism is for A**holes,” “The Privilege Principle,” and “Zamunda is Not a Country. Neither is Africa” provides the type of practical education that we all need. I’m talking about this book and its author on Thursday for “Coffee Talk” because this is the kind of thing I would talk about if I were out to lunch with girlfriends or if they were drinking coffee.

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