Getting to Shockingly Gracious

When she’s been hurt. When she’s disappointed. When she’s angry. When she’s frustrated. When she’s tired. A woman who does not give grace lacks the deepest kind of beauty: The willingness to yield to the Holy Spirit that always prompts us to forgive. Always prompts us to display love the way Christ did. Selflessly. If you’re anything…

Burn to Memory 1 Timothy 1:5

By Tiffany Deluccia I wrote a blog post on this verse a few weeks ago, and I forgot to post the Burn to Memory image! In my opinion, that post is worth another look. (I certainly haven’t mastered simplicity since then!) Either way, enjoy this download from my friend Trista and let it remind you…

Are we playing games with poverty?

By Tiffany Deluccia >>> When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep— So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. Proverbs 6:9-11 Poverty takes many forms. There’s the poverty that creates physical lack and…

Time to simplify

By Tiffany Deluccia >>> The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 Boy, do we complicate the faith. Paul writes to Timothy of a simple and dignified life marked by a pure heart, a clean conscience and a sincere faith. My days…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: I Cried in the Red Light District

By Kaleigh Ward I remember the very first time I met Jo.  I spotted her the second we entered the bar.  She commanded the room, exuding confidence and maybe even a sense of power.  She strutted her stuff, calling to male passerby, and kicking tail on the pool table. Our first night with her, she…

Walled In

By Tiffany Deluccia I stumbled through the thicket, through the tangled mess of overgrown vegetation, trying to get to the wall, the stone inhibition rising ahead and as far as I could see. Arm outstretched, leaning, my hand hit the cold rock. Solid. Impenetrable. Disappointed. But. What was that? A rumbling, a shaking. This wall…

That Moment When…

By Tiffany Deluccia That moment when: The unknown drops your stomach like a rock. The road erodes in front of your feet. A fog descends to hide the valley, leaving only a view of the mountain beyond it. He whispers, “Hold onto your courage. Isn’t this fun? I lead you with one hand over your…

He’d Rather Die Than Live Without You

By Lydia Sellers Jesus was the first to place value on humanity. He sacrificed His own life for the sake of ours. God sacrificed God for people. I don’t think we always understand the significance of this. God, in His great mercy, decided you were so valuable and so important to Him that He would…

No Hiding Out

By Lydia Sellers I can’t word it any better than the Word, so let’s dive right into some scripture: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:8 Ephesians 5 continues saying, “Walk as children of light . . . for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore…

Praying Formulas

By Tiffany Deluccia I can be guilty of praying on the go far more than in my room with the door shut. Or how about the rehearsed two sentences that run through my head before I eat a meal? Talk about a prayer formula. There’s nothing intimate, calming and focused about it. We need time…

When You Don’t Need God

If I don’t pray like I need You so I can make it through the day, am I attempting anything beyond my own strength?

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: When God Doesn’t Show Up Like You Hoped He Would

By Kaleigh Ward | Blind eyes opened.  Lame feet walking.  Death to life.  Visions for strangers.  Prophetic words for friends.  Sitting in the Lord’s presence often, overwhelmed by His power and the intimacy we share. That’s what I expected life on the World Race to be like. Instead, I find myself struggling to stay awake…

Have you tried to pray without ceasing? How’d that go?

By Tiffany Deluccia | “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:16-18 Have you ever tried to pray without ceasing? At school, or work, or on vacation, etc… ? I have been thinking about this directive from Paul a lot…

Forgive my excuses…

By Lydia Sellers On a daily basis, we make up excuses to defend ourselves of our mistakes. “I was late because it was a difficult day at work, and my alarm went off, but I fell back asleep, …” etc.  Everything in our beings says, “No! It wasn’t my fault!” It’s like we want to…

Filled with the fullness of God?

By Tiffany Deluccia Filled with all the fullness of God. Can you imagine? Does your heart soar at the thought? What an antithesis to small town days and mundane jobs; what a contrast to the rat race and the hurdles, to the beauty competitions and poverty talks and good intentions…and all the things the world…

Burn to Memory Ephesians 3:14

So, I’ve been a little absent for the last week or so… Christmas was lovely at my house, and I hope it was at yours, too. Today I’m getting the familiar stirring Jan. 1 brings – the rush of a new year, new expectations, new beginnings. Why is it easier to be full of hope…

Dishwasher blindness

By Tiffany Deluccia I need more of You. I rely on You, and You don’t let me down. Sometimes it’s amazing to me how different You made us and allowed us to become. What have I in common with a shepherd who became a warrior king in ancient Israel? What connects me to the fear…

In Africa, learning to be still.

My friend Ashley Hafer is spending the next year in Mozambique and Uganda loving on children and learning to rely on God in a very real way. Ashley was a teacher here in Greenville. She owns a house. She has lots of friends and a loving family. And God called her out upon the water,…