"Faith is knowing Someone. People who say 'God didn’t answer me….doesn’t hear me….doesn’t help me' – don’t KNOW Him.  When you know someone, you can be sure of them." — Karen Jensen

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Remember when you were a kid and people would ask you that? If you’re like me, you thought being “grown up” was somewhere you arrived – like once we decided what we wanted to be, we were all set. We’d have it all together.

Ha! Now we’re grown up, and there’s so much we still don’t know, right?! We still have to make decisions every single day. It turns out we never “arrive” – we just keep having to decide what to do, what to be, which way to go, which option to take. Life is still full of decisions.

When you were younger, you probably took some aptitude tests to find out what you were good at and what vocation you might be suited for. You may have dreamed about “what you wanted to be” both personally and professionally.

But wait. God has a plan for your life! Wouldn’t it make more sense to seek the Creator of the plan, and then follow Him when making your decisions? Instead of asking, “What do I want to be?” maybe we should have been asking, “Lord, what do You want me to be?“

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How to Make the Right Decision Every Time

Have you ever heard anyone say, “If God would just tell me what to do, I’d do it!”

Have you ever said that?

I’ve heard statements like those a lot over the years. As a pastor and Bible-school instructor, I’ve met so many earnest, willing Christians who want to make the right decisions in their lives, but they just aren’t sure how to go about it.

Is that you today? Are you facing a decision in your life—a really big one, or maybe just a small one? Are you wondering which direction you should take?

I have some good news for you: you can make the right decision every time when you have God’s help. He is standing by to help you make every single decision—big and small. He knows exactly which direction you should take so that things turn out great for you.

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God Knows How to Increase You

If you’ve gone through a trauma or trial, sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost something, like you’re in some way diminished.

It can seem as though you’re on the “decrease” side of life.

Sometimes you did lose something. When my husband died, I felt the loss very deeply — it was real.

But I learned that the loss wasn’t the end of the story. Even if it seems as if your life is decreasing and things are being taken away, don’t be fooled. God is and always will be a God of increase.

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Your Faith Can Grow Stronger!

You’ve probably heard the saying, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

That’s not a quote from the Bible, but it is a biblical principle. Every time you face a battle, your faith can get stronger!

Think of it like this: your faith is like a muscle. If you use it, it grows.

If you don’t use it, you still have it, but it is flabby and of little use, not able to push anything big out of your path.

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How to Be an Overcomer

I’ve met some Christians who say, “I wish Jesus would talk to me.” I tell them, “Read your Bible. That’s Jesus, and He’s talking to you.”

I’ve also heard people say, “I wish I knew God’s will for my life.” I tell them, “Read your Bible. His Word is His will. You can’t know Jesus without knowing His Word.”

I know that those answers might sound too simple. You might be thinking, “There’s got to be more to it than read your Bible, read your Bible, read your Bible.

If there were, I would tell you. Instead, I’m telling you that your answers are in the Word.

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"If I Could Just See a Miracle..."

It takes faith to walk out God’s plan for your life -- especially if something hard has happened and you have questions.

And faith only comes from one place. Romans 10:17 says, So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

If faith came another way, I would tell you. But it doesn’t.

 I’ve heard people say, “If I could just see a miracle, then I would have faith.”

But if seeing miracles was enough, then the children of Israel would have had more faith than anyone, and they would have believed God about entering the Promised Land.

Yet Hebrews 3:19 says, “We see that they could not enter in [to the promised land] because of unbelief.”

Faith doesn’t come from seeing miracles or hearing other people’s testimonies; rather, it comes from hearing and believing the Word of God. The children of Israel didn’t believe God’s words; they believed more in the giants they could see. So they didn’t get to enter into the Promised Land.

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There's a Blueprint for Your Life

If you’re planning to build a house, you can’t start the process without a blueprint.

The blueprint is the plan that a builder must have in order to build. It gives the builder a vision for what a house is supposed to look like.Without it, the construction crew wouldn’t know what to do. Walls might not meet. Rooms might not be where they are supposed to be. Important things like plumbing, wiring, and doorways might be placed wrong. The entire building could eventually collapse because it would be structurally unsound.

The same thing is true of your life.  Without a blueprint, who knows how it would turn out!  But thankfully, you HAVE a blueprint for your life.

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"They Got Their Answer- And I Didn't!"

Have you ever prayed long and hard for something, only to see someone else receive their answer but you didn't?

That can be discouraging.  But I want to encourage you today – don’t stop believing!  The devil wants you to think there’s some kind of “quota” and if someone else got blessed there’s not enough for you.  That’s so completely untrue!

Mark 11:24 says, “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

In other words, believe you receive your answer right when you pray.  Then it doesn’t matter what you see or what you don’t see.  It doesn’t matter what other people have or don’t have.  You have your answer because God’s Word says you have it.

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Keep Believing!

Maybe you’ve been believing for something for a long time and haven’t seen an answer. My best advice is: don’t stop now!

Anytime you hear someone say, “Well, I asked God for that but He didn’t answer,” or, “I tried believing for that but it didn’t work,” you’re listening to someone who has stopped believing at some point. God’s promise didn’t change; the person did.

Don't let that be you!

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God Still Answers Prayer

God wants you to know something today: He is still answering prayer! Prayer for big things and small things; He answers both.

John 16:24 says, “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Your heavenly Father wants you to ask! He wants to fill you with joy through answered prayer.

It amazes me how God cares about the big things and the small things in life. He has answered some sizable prayers for me. He has gotten me the job of my dreams, helped me buy and sell homes, healed my family, provided for my family, and blessed my sons with wonderful wives. He constantly protects and guides us, and yet He is also aware of small details.

Not long ago God answered a simple prayer of mine in such a quick, remarkable way that I was reminded yet again about His character and how He never changes.

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"God Put This On You to Teach You"

Maybe you’ve heard people say, “God’s put this trouble/trial/sickness on you to teach you something.”

Or maybe someone’s well-meaning advice went like this: “God has allowed this trouble/trial/sickness to come upon you to help you grow.”

But neither statement is true!

It may sound spiritual to say something like that, but it’s wrong! Remember, God never changes and He is always good. It’s so important that you understand that.

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Why Evil Things Happen

“If God is good, then why do bad things happen?”  Have you ever heard someone ask that question?  I sure have!

And the answer is pretty simple. The reason that evil things happen, even to Christians, is because Satan is the ruler of this planet, not God.

Here’s the deal: God created the earth for mankind, and He turned the rule over to us (Gen. 1:26-31).

He blessed Adam & Eve and told them to take dominion over everything on the earth, with just one condition:“The tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Gen. 2:16–17).

The problem started when the serpent (Satan) tempted Eve to eat the fruit of the one tree that God had forbidden them to eat….

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God is Good and the Devil is Bad

When something horrible happens, it’s easy to become confused, especially when you start wondering who or what caused it.

Too many times people (even Christians!) think that God was the cause, or at the very least, He stood by and allowed horrible things to happen.

There is something I have to get straight right now: God is good, and the devil is bad. And that never changes. If you remember nothing else from this blog post, please remember that!

God doesn’t cause trouble or trauma, sickness or death. He isn’t stealing from you, nor did He kill anybody…

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When You've Lost Something You Love

If you’re asking questions of God because you’ve lost a loved one, a relationship, a job, or something dear to you, you need to go through a grieving process.

There IS a valley of the shadow of death or loss, as Psalm 23 says.

When you’ve lost something substantial, it takes some time to adjust. It's as simple as that. You have to say good-bye to the way things were, but this transition doesn’t happen overnight.

Too often people try to push down the feelings and emotions that come during the grieving process...

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