I’m NOT freaking out?!

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I woke yesterday (the day after the election) with the lightest spirit, a sense of unimaginable peace and hope. WHAT THE HECK, RIGHT?! If you have been a Christian long, you know that when you are experiencing this in a time that most aren’t . . . It’s GOD!

I’ve been inquiring, through prayer and within myself why, with no certainty, I was feeling this way and God placed on my heart the scriptures from 2 Samuel. It’s the story of when David’s son, born out sin with Uriah’s wife, was sick. David pleaded, prayed, fasted and begged for God to spare his son’s life. As you would expect from any loving parent, David was so distraught the servants were worried about telling him that his son had died.

However, once they told him. David did something unexpected. “Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!” He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” Taken from 2 Samuel 12:15-23

Don’t get me wrong. This is very unusual after losing a child, but the unlikely response make me think of my current situation where peace and rest were the last emotions I thought would be taking me over. Then I realized that like David, I have done all I can [for this election]. I researched, educated myself, prayed, had difficult/challenging conversations with others, I voted and I worked the polls all day. Although I will always pray for our country, I’ve done all I can do for this election process. It’s in God’s hands (as it always has been) and I find it wonderful to sit and rest in His power and plan.

I pray we all continue to love and lean into God’s plan, that we put aside fear and anger to love one another with His great love, and handle the coming days, months and years with a grace, love, and light that ONLY God’s people have the ability to do.

You can’t out sin God’s grace

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It’s never to late to come to God.

We’re all sinners, some of us just hide it better than others.

Are you holding on to one last secret…afraid that God will never forgive you?

Perhaps you’ve had an interaction that left you thinking,”If this is what being a Christian looks like, I’ll pass!”

Or maybe you are a Christian and you can’t seem to get it just right.

If you need a little encouragement and truth this week – Today’s podcast is for you!

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Stay In Your Lane, Karen!

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This weeks podcast is out, and it’s part of a series based on some incredible insight found in 1 Thessalonians 5:11-25.

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Can you imagine the peace this would bring to those we know and who serve us? This week, let’s consider how we can respect and love those who encourage us and teach us through the word of God. I have a list of people who have helped me grow in Christ. How about you?

Therefore (1) encourage one another and (2) build one another up, just as you are doing. We ask you, brothers, to (3) respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and (4) to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. (5) Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, (6) admonish the idle, (7) encourage the fainthearted, (8) help the weak, (9) be patient with them all. (10) See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but (11) always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (12) Rejoice always, (13) pray without ceasing, (14) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (15) Do not quench the Spirit. (16) Do not despise prophecies, (17) but test everything; (18) hold fast what is good. (19) Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. Brothers, (20) pray for us. (21) Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I put you under oath before the Lord to (22) have this letter read to all the brothers. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-25

Season 2 of our Podcast Starts TOMORROW!

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🥁 roll please!!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Season #2 begins tomorrow with “Be the Sunshine!!”

AND we are starting this season with a GIVEAWAY!! 

Oh yeah, we spent our time off working on some merchandise that we know you’re going to 💗!! 

Check back on our social media accounts tomorrow for our new episode & for a chance to win some The Sinner and The Saint swag!!

Our podcast is now on PANDORA!

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Melissa and I are excited to announce that our podcast is now on Pandora!

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, iHeart Radio, Google Podcast, Spotify and TuneIn + Alexa! We begin season two August 5th and you won’t want to miss our new topics based off guidance from Paul (1 Thessalonians)

We can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the encouragement, support, e-mails and texts we have gotten from you as listeners and friends.

We want to hear from you! Tell us what you are struggling with, topics of interest, concern or intrigue that you want to hear us work through on The Sinner and The Saint.

Also, in more BIG news . . . We have fun t-shirts and merchandise in the works plus some exciting promotions. Stay tuned!

With gratitude, Allison

Tune-in! Special Podcast is LIVE!!

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Today, we hosted our first guest on The Sinner and The Saint to discuss race relations in America. We hope you will join in on this special episode, listen to our conversation, and then start your own conversations with those around you.

Dorrell Briscoe is a friend, pastor of Six-Eight Church Durham, NC, and author of There’s A Storm Comin’: How the American Church Can Lead Through Times of Racial Crisis.

You can follow Dorrell on his blogInstagram, and other social media accounts.

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The Corona Files

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Hope Community Church asked me to host some interviews with other women to discuss life in quarantine, etc. We discussed emotions/reactions that have surprised us, ways we are coping, where we have seen God at work and much more. I then added devotions to each one. There is a series of four videos/devotions they have turned into a class on Lifeway’s ministry grid. All you have to do is follow the link below and create a LifeWay login if you don’t already have one.

https://ministrygrid.lifeway.com/#/redeem-invite/XJRJ/NWGV

I’m praying you all are well, healthy and finding some joy in each day. I also pray that if you watch these videos they bring you encouragement, hope, laughter and comfort. The wisdom and truth these women share are extraordinary.

The Sinner & The Saint Are Here For You!

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Hey friends! We have heard from many of you over the past few weeks who have asked us to provide resources from a few different avenues. We heard you . . . So, we have been REALLY busy this week and stepped way out of our technology comfort zones to bring you some laughter, encouragement, love and learning.


Drum roll please….We created a Youtube channel!
During this quarantine time, we will upload a short video that corresponds with each podcast episode, starting with Episode #5 Aye Corona! We have also added the discussion questions to the notes on Youtube. These questions can be discussed with family, friends (on the phone/FaceTime/Zoom) or alone. If you like the videos, let us know and it might become a permanent extension of our podcast.
https://youtu.be/tvx3lVM1YCE


The link to the podcast episode is in the notes as well, or you can find it here!https://www.buzzsprout.com/806372

We are so grateful for all of you who follow, listen and pray for us and our ministry. Please know we appreciate you, your encouragement and support as we try to be obedient to God’s calling and overcome our own insecurities and doubts about the path He has us on. We are praying for you and your families during this unfathomable time. May you sense God’s presence in new and extraordinary ways, find joy in the sacred stillness that may at first seem like boredom, feel His unexplained peace fall upon your weary heart/mind, and may you grab hold of His Mighty hand as we walk together with Him through this unknown territory. Amen

A Monday TREAT!!!

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We Are Hard Pressed on Every Side but NOT CRUSHED NOT IN DESPAIR ...

FREE DEVOTIONAL DOWNLOADS NOW ON MY WEBSITE!

I have added free devotional downloads to my website. Print them out and do them with a group over Facetime or alone in your quiet time with God. Pass the link around to anyone you know needs a little encouragement. There is even one for kids/families on the book of James that includes some grammar, writing, etc. practice now that all moms are homeschool moms.

A few more wonderful resources for encouragement are:

Listen to our Podcast – The Sinner and The Saint – this week is called Aye, Corona.

Watch past messages or the current series live each weekend at Hope Community Church.

My favorite author, Kelly Minter, has an excellent seven-day devotional for encouragement through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6) called the blessed life.

Message from Hope Community Pastor Donnie Peters on worry.

Also,

We are hard-pressed, but not CRUSHED!

This is the verse I’m clinging to. God is in control and through Him, we have life, hope, joy and peace within us! No one can take that away from you, but we can easily forget, toss it aside or ignore it. My prayer is that we keep His promises and love front and center in our hearts and minds.

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 (NIV)
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.