What if … We Do Something instead of Everything

What if we do something instead of everything?

Hi all! We’re launching into “What if … 10 ways to live well in today’s world.” And, I have to admit, today’s post hit me like a ton of bricks.

What if … we do something instead of everything.

As mommas {and women, in general, I think}, we have this desire to do it all. Even if we don’t give in the voices in our heads, deep down we believe if we could just get the perfect system in place, we could accomplish everything we want.

What if we do something instead of everything?

Y’all, as awesome as that sounds, it’s just not true.  We can’t do it all. And we weren’t meant to. But there is another, far more menacing, idea we toy with — that we should be doing all we can.

Here’s the thing, I can do a lot of things. But just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. And it’s an important thing to learn that sometimes {most of the time?} doing something instead of everything is really okay.

Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.  Colossians 3:23

Scripture exhorts us to do everything in the name of Jesus; but, God’s Word never instructs us to do everything. The point really isn’t how much we do — it’s how we do what we do. In other words, when we try to do everything, it’s likely we will fail to keep our focus on the Lord.  How do I know this? Let’s just say, I’ve got the t-shirt.

What if  part of living the abundant life Christ has for us is choosing to do something instead of everything?

What if instead of trying to do it all, we made a different choice?  What if we made the decision to something instead of everything? What would that look like in your life?

As I’ve been on this journey to live well and experience the abundant life Christ offers, I’ve learned a few things that might help you as you make the decision to do something instead of everything.

  1. Accept the reality you can’t do it all. It has to start there. And I know, it’s hard. We want to believe we can balance everything and keep all the plates spinning. But the truth is, we can’t. Once you have come to grips with this truth, you can move on to
  2. Prioritize what matters. Okay, here is where it can get really tricky. Because everything on your to do list is important. I know, I have a list myself. But if we’re really honest, everything isn’t important. And some things can wait, be done by someone else, or even {gasp!} not be done at all.  Once you’ve prioritized, you probably need to
  3. Delegate. Yes, I know … no one else can do it as well as you can.  Again, I’m a perfectionist myself. BUT I’ve learned this, just because I can do it better or best doesn’t mean someone else can’t do it good enough. And, more often than not, good enough is enough.

So, how do you decide which some things you should do? Here is the question I always ask myself: What are the things only I can do?

Here’s an example: During this season of life, I rarely attend conferences and only accept speaking opportunities that don’t conflict with Casiday’s cheer and school schedules.  Only I can be Casiday’s mom but there are countless others who will fill the seats at conferences and speak at women’s events. And she will only be in our home a few more years — I just don’t want to miss any opportunities to connect with her.

Another example:  We’re having company this weekend. And its graduation weekend for the seniors in our church.  Every year our church hosts a big reception for the seniors and typically I am very involved with that. But this year, I’m not.  I’ll be making a dozen sandwiches on Friday and stopping by the church that evening to hug the sweet students I adore but I won’t be there refilling the punch bowl and taking out the trash after the party ends.  Why? Because other people can {and are more than willing} to help … but only I can be the hostess in my home for our friends.

And an even more basic example is laundry—the bane of my existence. No joke! So this week I told Casiday it was her responsibility to get it all done. Has she done it as quickly as I would have? Nope. Has she folded everything the way I would have? Nope. Is it all done after three days? Nope. But she is doing it and so far we all have clean towels and underwear.  And, shockingly, the world has not stopped spinning.

It’s easy to trick ourselves into believing the world hinges on us accomplishing all that “needs” to be done and that no one else can do it as well as we can. But that’s just another one of the enemy’s tactics to keep us from remembering the truth:

Christ came so we can have life to the full! Abundant, overflowing life. And that isn’t about checking things off our list — it is about abiding in Him, knowing Him.

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he is is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” {John 15:5}  When we do whatever we do in Him and for Him and through Him, we bear fruit for His glory.  And that, my dear one, is the point.

When you look at your to do list, know this: it’s okay to do something instead of everything. Just remember Paul’s words, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” {Colossians 3:23}

xo,

Teri Lynne

Have you accepted the reality you can’t do it all? What is your greatest struggle in that?



What if … 10 Ways to Live Well in Today’s World

What if ... 10 ways to live well in today's world

Anyone else ever wonder, “What if … ?”

Like, “What if there really was a laundry fairy?”

Or, “What if I had a whole day to myself {and no guilt about it!}?”

Or maybe, “What if there was a way to have my to do list completed?”

For the next few weeks, we’re going to look at some what if’s.  And unlike the whole to do list being completed thing … these are going to be what if’s we can actually manage. In fact, these are the sort of what if’s that can have a meaningful impact in every area of our lives.

What if ... 10 ways to live well in today's world

But, I need to tell you up front: it won’t all be easy.  In fact, if you’re at all like me {read: control freak, perfectionist, Type A}, some of these will be harder than getting caught up on laundry after a week of the stomach virus.

From now through the end of June, we’ll spend Tuesdays and Thursdays exploring 10 ways to live well in today’s world.  Each post will ask a what if question and then provide practical ideas for us to apply a biblical truth.

I’m excited about this series and I do hope you’ll join me! The best way to make sure you don’t miss a single post is to subscribe below. Once you subscribe, you’ll receive all my posts right in your email inbox. You can also check the box to receive my newsletter every other month.  As a subscriber you’ll have access to special downloads and printables I create just for you! And, my newsletter subscribers get inside information about my writing projects as well as unique content designed to encourage and inspire you as you seek to live well.

xo,

Teri Lynne

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A Prayer for the Hard Days

2 Timothy 4:22

a prayer for the hard days

Yesterday was a very emotional day for some people we dearly love. They are in the middle of a difficult and draining situation. It’s hard knowing they are hurting and feeling helpless to do anything.

Last week, as we talked with them about what comes next, I was reminded how powerful hope is. I’ve leaned into Psalm 130:5—I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord.

Some seasons we are called to hope and to wait. Those are not the seasons I like the most … but I’ve learned they are often the seasons where I learn the most. And they are also the seasons where I find myself buried in the sweetness of the Word of God.

As I’ve struggled to know how and what to pray,  several verses have become the foundation for my prayers. 2 Timothy 4:22 is one of those verses:

2 Timothy 4:22

But this verse isn’t just a prayer for the hard days … it’s for the every day as well. A prayer to offer up for others and for ourselves.  Join me at Not Quite Amish today — I’m sharing more about this verse there.

xo,

Teri Lynne

Hope Will Come

Hope Will Come {Psalm 130:5}

Hope Will Come {Psalm 130:5}

Hope. 

Hope pushes to keep going when hopelessness pulls at us to stop.

Hope glimmers softly when darkness weighs hard and heavy.

Hope whispers peace when circumstances scream chaos.

Hope.

Wherever you are, whatever your situation, there is hope. Because in Christ we are more than conquerors {Romans 8:37} and in Him we have fullness of joy {Psalm 16:11} and in Him we have hope, the anchor for our souls {Hebrews 6:19}.

And there are days when hope seems far away but even then we wait. For hope will come.

Hope will come.

Psalm 130:5

I don’t know what it going on in your life … but I know there are people in my life who are dealing with the hardest things imaginable.  And there are moments {and even days} when life feels hopeless.  But we know this …

IN HIS WORD WE HAVE HOPE!

So rest there. Wait there. And He will meet you. Because He IS hope!

xo,

Teri Lynne

 

A Letter to the Ones Who Will Skip Church on Mother’s Day

the ones who will skip church on mother's day

a letter to the ones who will skip church on Mother's DayYou’re already dreading it. It feels like too much to ask. I get it. I’ve been there. All I could think about from May 1st was my desire to skip church on Mother’s Day. For several years the second Sunday in May was the hardest day of the year for me. More than once, I didn’t want to go to church. More than once, I wouldn’t have if my husband wasn’t in ministry.

I want you to know something—it’s okay to stay home and mourn the child you are missing.

Maybe you’ve longed to hold a baby in your arms and ache with hurt of seeing that negative pregnancy test every month. Hold fast to this verse …

You have kept count of my tossings,
put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
Psalm 56:8

God knows the sleepless nights and sees the tear stains on your pillow. Not one tear escapes His watchful care … each one captured by His tenderness.

It's okay to stay home and mourn the child you are missing.  {for the ones who will skip church on Mother's Day}

Maybe you’ve had to experience the unthinkable — burying your own child. Oh friend, my heart aches for you. But your Heavenly Father knows what it is to watch your child suffer and die. He knows the depths of your pain. He hurts for your sorrow.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18

No matter what, no matter how deep your sorrow, how broken your heart … He is the God who loves you and cares for you. And if you chose to stay home from church on Sunday, if you just can’t make yourself go, if you just don’t even want to try—He isn’t disappointed in you, you are not letting God down. He’s there with you … counting your tears and drawing near to you.

My prayer for you:

O Lord, the One Who hears our cries, Who sees our sorrow, Who knows our pain, I pray You will draw near to the brokenhearted and give comfort to those who are weary. May Your tenderness cover the wounds of their hearts and Your grace hold them through the storm of emotions they face.

But most of all, Lord, my prayer is that You will drawn near to those aching with empty arms and bursting with love to give. May they feel Your presence and Your comfort. And know the steadfast love You lavish upon them, especially today.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

So, stay home … in the couch, in your pajamas, and cry if that’s what you need. Just know, even in your sorrow you are never alone, never unseen, and never unloved.

Wishing I could give you a hug through the screen,

Teri Lynne

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Heart Sisters by Natalie Snapp {Book Review}

Heart Sisters Review

Looking for a book to encourage you as you build friendships with other women? Heart Sisters by Natalie Snapp is that book!Yesterday my friend Alycia and I talked for about an hour. She’s starting a new therapy practice and needed some counsel about her website. I gave her some information and ideas … but most of our conversation was about life. Alycia and I have been friends for over 30 years. We met in eighth grade when my dad joined the pastoral staff at First Baptist Church, Fairview, Oklahoma. Almost every memory I have of high school involves Alycia. We had our fair share of misunderstandings and  there were times we didn’t get along. {We were very normal teenage girls!} But we’ve stayed friends even though we have not lived in the same state as each other since we graduated from high school.  In fact, since we graduated from FHS in 1989, it is not unusual for five or six years to pass between times when we are physically together. And yet, our friendship remains.

Pattie was my RA {resident advisor} when I started college at Southwest Baptist University in the fall of 1989. The first person I met at SBU, Pattie was a friendly face and encouraging friend to a 17-year-0ld girl who was terrified!  Pattie and I lost touch after college but through the wonderful world wide web, we reconnected several years ago and have remained close since.

For the eleven years we lived in Georgia, I was surrounded by the most amazing women who loved the Lord and were passionate about growing in Him.  Donna, Valerie, Cyndie, and Karen were faithful friends who taught me what it means to “rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” We did life together in every way and I am who I am today in large part because of their place in my life.

I could write a book about the ways Cyndie, Natalie, and Holly have encouraged and inspired me.  And I can’t begin to explain how the girls from our youth groups who are now wives and mommas and incredible women of God have impacted my life {and my daughter’s life!}. I’m so thankful for Ana and Ali, Judy and Caitlin and the way they are shining bright for Jesus as young married women.

Friendships matter. Digging in deep with others is important. Becoming a friend who sticks closer than a brother {or sister!} can be one of the most valuable lessons we learn.

If you long for a friend you can trust with your heart. ... If you wonder if investing in friendships is worth the effort ... If you desire to be a true friend ... this book is for you! So, so good. ‪#‎HeartSistersBook‬ by Natalie Snapp

That’s why I LOVE my friend Natalie Snapp‘s new book—Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have. With honesty and grace, Natalie invites us all to invest in the hearts and lives of the women around us.  Natalie doesn’t pretend this will be easy but she does promise God will honor our desire to love others. Digging into all those things that can keep us isolated, Natalie uses the truth of God’s Word to encourage us to let go of the pride and insecurity and unforgiveness that can build walls between us.

If I could give this book to every woman I know, I would. The world tells us women can’t be good friends, pushes us away from authenticity, and uses words like “mean girls” and “frenemies” to create a lack of trust.  But women can be true friends. We can love one other well and work through the conflicts and become examples of the ministry of reconciliation and of walking alongside each other.

So who should read this book?

  • the woman who longs for a friend she can trust with her heart
  • the woman who wonders if investing in friendships is worth the effort
  • the woman who desires to be a true friend to those in her life

Heart Sisters is answer you’ve been seeking! Rich in encouragement, steeped in the Word of God, and full of wisdom and grace, Heart Sisters will open your heart to the beauty of having true heart sisters.

Do you have any heart sisters? I’d love for you to leave a comment sharing about the way your friends have encouraged and strengthened you!

xo,

Teri Lynne

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Jesus Has Overcome!

whatever the circumstances of your life, we can trust in His words and promise: Jesus has overcome!

I’ve started and stopped this post several times. What words could I ever string together to explain what the last year has been like.

whatever the circumstances of your life, we can trust in His words and promise: Jesus has overcome!

One year ago today I got up like every other Sunday morning and headed to worship with my church family. But by the end of the day I was in the cardiac care unit at a local hospital with a 2-1/2 inch stent. Who could ever have guessed a 42-year-old healthy woman with no risk factors would have had a major heart attack … while singing with the choir at her church?

It still seems surreal to me.

But here’s the thing, as much as I’m working hard to take care of myself and stay heart healthy, I learned something far more valuable on April 27, 2014.

Life has no guarantees.

Four years ago today, tornadoes ripped through north Alabama. Across the state over 200 lives were lost. Every day people I know are still sorting through the sorrow and loss they experienced April 27, 2011.

Life has no guarantees.

Marriages end. Loved ones die. Children rebel. Churches split. Friendships break. We find ourselves overwhelmed by the weight of expectation and obligation. Not enough time. Not enough money.

And when it feels like we can’t go another step, when we begin to wonder if anything we do really matters, when we question if the hard times are ever going to end, we must remember these words of Christ:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Life has no guarantees. We will face the trials and the tribulations.  We will experience the sorrow and the loss.  We will know doubt and fear and struggle.

But that isn’t the whole of our story. Because in the middle of the strife and heartache, we can know the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Because Jesus … the healer, the restorer, the Word, the way, the hope, the light … Jesus has overcome.

in the middle of life's heartaches,  we can feel  hopeless and alone. but we have this confidence: Jesus has overcome!

And in Him we are more than conquerors!

So today, whatever you are facing, my prayer is simply this: that you will know His presence and walk in His strength. 

xo,

Teri Lynne

P.S. Thank you to all of you who have prayed and loved me so well over the past year. I’m overwhelmed by how generously God has blessed me with friends both online and off.  And, so you know, I’m doing great!

How to Respond when “Love One Another” Isn’t Easy

10 Ways to Respond when "Love One Another" isn't easy!

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Let’s face it: “Love One Another” isn’t always easy.

10 Ways to Respond when "Love One Another" isn't easy!

Relationships are hard and as much as technology has given us more ways to connect, it’s also given us more ways to miscommunicate or be misinterpreted.  Yesterday my Sunday School class studied several verses from Romans 12:

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one for evil, but give though to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Romans 12:9-18 ESV

In the course of our discussion, my friend Marguerite said this, “It seems to me that we want to go to ‘as far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all’ and say we’ve done what we can in difficult situations. But I think we can only rest in that if we’ve done everything else it says before.”

Um, ouch.

Maybe you have a difficult relationship in your life right now. Maybe it’s one you’ve been struggling with for years. Maybe it’s a friend. Maybe it’s family.

I know is this: it’s hard to love some people. Especially when “some people” have hurt us or betrayed us.

But I also know this: Marguerite was right.  As much as we want to walk away from the hard relationships and leave it at, “I tried,” God is calling us to something far harder—but far more like Him.

Earlier this year I read A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships by Paul Miller. I think I underlined half the book. Seriously. In his exegesis on the book of Ruth and how we learn to love like Jesus from the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, I was challenged and convicted about so many areas in my life.

In a chapter about “Committed Love,” Miller writes:

Hesed love loves in opposition to our feelings.  Love like this strips us of self-will and purifies our motivations. It is surprisingly liberating because we’re not trapped by either our feelings or the other person’s response. When neither preserving the relationship nor our feelings are central, we’re free to offer the other person a rich tapestry of love. (62)

Hesed is the steadfast love of God, rooted in His covenant relationship with us. And we are called to the same type of love for one another. Not just loving when it’s easy or convenient—but learning to love beyond ourselves and even the other person. Loving others because they too are created in the image of God and because He commands us to do so.

Hesed isn’t easy. In fact, it’s impossible on our own. Only the Spirit at work inside us can accomplish true hesed love. But this is exactly what we need in order to love the difficult people, to stay in a friendship when it would be easier to go, to push through the hard seasons of marriage.

So how do we do it? What does it look like when we choose to love one other, even when it isn’t easy?

Paul gives  us 10 specific actions for loving others, whether it’s easy or not.

  1. Love openly. Far too often, we love with closed hearts. We don’t reach out and let love guide our actions and our words. Loving openly is best described in 1 Corinthians 13.
  2. See good. Y’all, this one gets hard. But Paul tells us to “hold fast to what is good” (v. 9). Recently, I’ve been reminded how important it is to look for the good in others and choose to focus on those things rather than the negatives.
  3. Esteem others. Paul writes, “Outdo one another in showing honor” (v. 10). Several years ago a wise friend gave me good counsel in dealing with a very difficult relationships.  She urged me to look for ways to honor the person who had hurt me, to pray for that person’s success and growth, and to become an encourager for that person. While doing so did not “fix” the relationship, it did help me learn to love the person regardless.
  4. Serve gladly.  When we allow our joy to motivate the way we serve, our focus is rightly placed on God rather than ourselves.
  5. Pray constantly.  Paul reminds us to pray without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 but in this passage, he prefaces his admonition for constant prayer by telling us to rejoice in hope and be patient in tribulation.  Our steady prayers must be rooted in the hope and joy we have in Christ regardless of the difficulties we face.
  6. Live generously. Learning to hold all we have loosely and to remember what we have is from God and given to use for others helps us live with generous hearts.
  7. Walk closely.  We are called to come alongside others.  If we are not walking closely with the people God has placed in our lives, how can we ever rejoice or mourn with them? I’ve often heard it said, “Hurt people hurt people.” Perhaps those who are difficult in your life need you to stay close more than you know. Far too often, we move away when others really need us to pull close.
  8. Choose humility. It’s hard to esteem others higher than ourselves. And it’s hard not to want people to notice when we are wronged. But Jesus is our best example of choosing humility.  When He was wrongly accused and no one stood beside Him, He said nothing. He didn’t act when He could have, didn’t force His way. It isn’t easy.  And it certainly isn’t fun. One of the passages I’ve really come to lean into is Philippians 2:1-11.
  9. Extend grace. Twice in the past week I’ve reminded people what a gift it is to give another person the benefit of the doubt.  Instead of assuming it’s all about us, what if we learned to step back and evaluate the words or actions of another in light of all we know about his or her character?  What if we made the choice NOT to take things personally and to give grace?
  10. Pursue peace. We are called to the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). Sometimes we can’t be reconciled to another … but we must make every effort to do so. Our desire must be to live in peace with all people.

One of the most difficult parts of living in a broken world is dealing with broken relationships.

 

Last week in a conversation with someone precious to me who is facing a very hard situation, I encouraged her {and me!} to remember this: Our enemy isn’t the other people in our lives! Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, to kill, and to destroy.”  Satan wants to destroy not just our relationship with God but also our relationships with others.  We must remember, even in the most difficult relationships, our enemy isn’t flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12).

So friends, I want you to know, I’m there in the trenches with you! I have one or two hard relationships in my life right now and I am daily seeking wisdom and guidance from the Lord. It isn’t easy, but we are not alone!

xo,

Teri Lynne

How do you navigate the hard relationships in your life?

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10 Ways to Respond When “Love One Another” Isn’t Easy

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What Does Your Ideal Day Look Like?

what does your ideal day look like?

What does your ideal day look like?

what does your ideal day look like?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what my ideal day involves. I’m trying to train myself to look beyond the schedule and the to do list. Not because those things aren’t real and don’t matter — but because they need to be tools, not the focus.

Today I’m at Not Quite Amish sharing the five components of my ideal day.  And over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more here about what developing your ideal deal and the role each of the areas I identified plays. {Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a post! Fill out the form below!!}

So, head over to Not Quite Amish to learn more! See you there!

xo,
Teri Lynne

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10 Verses to Guide Your Words

10 verses to memorize to help us learn to guard our speech and guide our words

10 Verses to Guide Your WordsTime and again I find myself reminding my daughter — and myself! — what we say matters. {And how we say it can sometimes matter even more.} Our words are powerful. Once spoken, they can never be erased. Scripture says our words carry the power of life and death. James tells us how we control our tongues is a measure of the depth of our religion, our intimacy with Christ.

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26

Submitting our words to the Word is one of the key indicators of a maturing faith in Christ. But it’s hard, y’all.  I know! One of the best ways I’ve found to guide my words is to memorize Scripture.

10 verses to memorize to help us learn to guard our speech and guide our words

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10 Verses to Guide Your Words

Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 141:3

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door to my lips!

Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 16:24

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 21:23

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Matthew 15:18

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

As I pursue the abundant life God offers, I’m learning how powerful my words can be. Living well requires that we use our words to bring life, hope, and truth to ourselves and those around us.  We can only do this as we embed the Word of God in our hearts.

xo,

Teri Lynne

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10 Verses to Guide Your Words

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