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Pray First – Blessed

In his weekend message, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder mentioned that another way we can give God our first is by praying first in all circumstances. For many, prayer is not a go-to throughout their day. Unfortunately, we often make it out to be more complicated than it is. I most often do this when I […]

First Thing First – Blessed

Shortly after I became a Christian, I jumped into the deep end!  While going through Christianity 101 (a previous form of GrowthTrack), I learned that one of my spiritual gifts was intercession—praying for others. What?!? In my previous church experience, prayer was something the minister did for us on Sunday, so I was a little […]

Closed on Sundays – Blessed

I am sure many of you can relate to this scenario. You’re out and about getting errands done on a Sunday when your stomach reminds you that it’s lunchtime and you need to eat. You say, “Let’s go to Chick–fil–A. It’s just around the corner, and their salads are fantastic.” So, you make the drive […]

Give God the First of Your Day – Blessed

As a mother of five children ranging in age from 9 down to 2, I never get enough sleep. Lately, my charming 2-year-old has taken to visiting me at 3:30 in the morning. If I’m lucky, she goes right to sleep, and I transport her to another sleeping surface. If I’m not lucky, she kicks […]

Who’s On First? – Blessed

“Is God first?” That is the question Lead Pastor Ben Snyder asked during his weekend message. The question struck me harder than I expected. I am a faithful follower of Christ. I make time for prayer and Scripture every morning (well, almost). At work, I get to see the way God is using my gifts […]

The Blessing of Reflection – Blessed

As 2018 drew to a close, an impulse to creatively commemorate the year took hold of me. I dug out a sketchbook, and smudging graphite on the page, I drew images representing the important events of the past year—the good, the bad, the hard-won victories, and the painful moments. I still have that sketch, and […]

All for Arleena – Blessed

A few days before Christmas, I was getting ready to go out to do some last-minute shopping with my 16-year-old daughter, Arleena. My boys, ages 10 and 7, were left with a room full of craft items and a list of people that they might want to make gifts for. I told them that they […]

Deal with GREED and Release the GRUDGE – Blessed

Yesterday we looked at the importance of knowing the giver—GOD—the giver of everything. Today we will talk about how this helps us to deal with greed and holding a grudge. Last weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder asked, “Why do you think God created giving?” The truth is God did not create giving for his sake. […]

Know the Giver – Blessed

Happy Tuesday! If you’re new to LivingItOut this week, WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re here. This week in our series Blessed, we heard that there is an uncommon path to a blessed life. Many people seek different paths to be blessed, such as climbing the corporate ladder, gaining more education, or growing a family. While […]