When You’re Triggered

In Heart by Caleb

When you’re triggered, it’s you, not them. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 I used to think this proverb was about protecting ourselves from the big bad world out there. I don’t anymore. We’re not triggered when someone calls us a “Purple Monster.” But we’re triggered when someone pokes a pain …

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Alone And Known

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Even when you’re all alone, you’re still known. “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. John 4:16-17 The woman went to the well alone because she didn’t want to be embarrassed. She avoided the other women who visited the well in the morning, for a reason. She didn’t want side-eyes of …

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Jesus Crushes Cultural Norms

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Do the right thing, even when it’s weird. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for …

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What To Do With Your $100

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Make your own day by making someone else’s. “You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35) A mystery man in front of me just handed the coffeeshop cashier a $100 for a $12 tab. “Keep it. Use it for the people behind me,” he whispered. Then, he walked …

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Big Brothers

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Someone is hoping you believe in them. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9) Don’t find yourself in the defensive position of Cain—“Why are you asking me? I’m not responsible for him. He’s a grown person. I’m not the babysitter. I have my own …

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All The People

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The God who made everyone will eventually be recognized by everyone. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalm 46:10) When you’re still… connected… aware of God in everything… it leads you to an increasing understanding of what this verse might mean. Some people who …

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Your Favorite Treat

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Your favorite people are probabaly the ones who remember your favorite treats. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4) Grandma Pat just pulled me aside and said, “Here, I made your favorites,” giving me a bag of homemade cookies. My Grandma Billie used to the do the same …

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Tributes

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What we celebrate we replicate… and remember. “I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3) Thanks for joining us in celebrating Kimi this week. When I met Kimi, it reaffirmed my confidence in pursuing Hilary. Hilary’s mother was a special person who helped shaped Hilary into who she is. So, obviously, I’m grateful. But even more, I’m …

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Hilary Hijack: Kimi Cares

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Kimi cared about the things that mattered, but could give a rip about the things that didn’t. She couldn’t care less if she had all of her accessories matching and looking perfect but, she did care that she showed up on time to a loved one’s graduation. Kimi couldn’t care less if she had makeup on, but cared that she …

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Hilary Hijack: 10 years

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10 years. It has been ten years to the day since I last held my mom’s hand and breathed in her presence. She went to be with Jesus at only 55, and I was a mere 27 years old. Up until that point, she truly was my world. We talked every day—normally multiple times a day. Her diagnosis and death, …

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