Category Archives: Encouragement

How You Livin’?

by Latricia C. Bailey

Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)

We are living in a time where people are looking for smart and efficient ways to deal with a variety of life issues and challenges. Most people either are or are beginning to be tech-savvy and find ways to make their lives easier by involving some aspect of technology in the process. We have navigation systems to guide us on the road when we need direction. Cell phones can be used to video chat, text, order food, play games, send documents, and way more things in addition to just making a phone call. There are even gadgets in place to control our homes through the alarm systems, Bluetooth devices, and even Smart TVs. Most people would agree that such technology is so necessary for us to function nowadays that we Continue reading

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Thumbs Up!

by Sharman J. Monroe

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10 (NJKV)


Hi there!

Have you ever made something from scratch? A cake, a piece of clothing, or a piece of jewelry? Maybe it was a story, a computer app, a plan, or a business? It was awesome, wasn’t it? You loved it and wholeheartedly accepted the compliments related to it. Well, that’s how I feel about you! I created everything about you from the hairs on your head to the toenails on your feet. Even the nose you don’t like. I gave you your personality and all the talents you have. From time to time, Continue reading

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Day 29 Proverbs Challenge: The Blessing or The Curse

by Tammy Phillips

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”

Proverbs 29:2 (NASB)

I have had some splendid supervisors and a few, not so much. My work life has included a major evangelical organization, small ministries, a Christian college and several temporary assignments in secular organizations.

The evangelical ministry I served with for many years had been using a singular workbook in all of their training sessions. Our department was tasked with expanding that resource.  We looked at the programs the ministry was doing and decided we needed a series of workbooks.   Our supervisor, who always made each of us feel like we could do anything, said we could get everything done in six months. Continue reading

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Day 28 Proverbs Challenge: A High Stakes Game — Busted or Blessed

by Harriett V. Bennett

“Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.”

Proverbs 28:11 (NLT)

I am sure that most of us have either played or have seen people play Blackjack, commonly called ‘21.’  Whether spectator or player, it can be an intense experience. For the handful of readers who have no knowledge of the game — very simply, it’s all about the numbers and who’s got the better strategy or bluff, or luck in this game of chance. There is a person, the dealer, who has in his possession the standard card deck of fifty-two playing cards (could be more than one deck depending on where you play), and then there are the players being dealt the cards.   The objective is for players to get a hand total of 21 or closer, than the dealer, without going over 21. Under or right at 21, you could win; over 21, you’re busted.

At the start of the Blackjack game, the players, and the dealer get two cards each.  The players’ cards are normally dealt face up, while the dealer has one face down (called the hole card), and one face up.  The strategy comes in where the player decides if it’s in their best interest to get more cards from the dealer or hold with what they have anticipating that the dealer’s unexposed card will not trump or beat their hand.  If both player and dealer have 21, both win. Continue reading

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