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Trust is key in the relationship with God (downloadable freebie)

  Ever seen my video where I say that I have created this shop out of a desire to create what I need to be a better mother, daughter, wife, teacher, sister, citizen, church member, volunteer, human being.   That is where the art prints got created.  I have signs in my home written with magic marker to encourage me.  I just wanted something that looked a lot better.  I think one of the first signs I created was  I needed to keep my self focused on doing what I was called to do even though it felt as if the life was being sucked out of me.   I needed to keep God's promise in front of me so I remember...

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Training vs Trying which one is right for Christians?

I am not sure I ever consciously thought I am not good at this Christian thing I am just going to walk away.  But I did walk away.  I think because of several things, one is not knowing that this is a process and if I keep doing this in my strength I will not be able to do it.  But if I train with the Holy Spirit all things are possible.    Think about it when you are trying something new how much easier is it with a guide, a mentor, a helper, a comforter?   That is what the Holy Spirit is for us.  He comes alongside us and shows so much. We do not realize we must train...

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Book Review Audacious by Beth Moore

  Do you love me? Jesus asked Peter.  And He is asking us, Do we love him? The answer for that will vary.  But the results show by our actions.    We may respect Him, We may think He is a good man, We may think He was radical  But do we love Him? The truth is if we love Him we have a foundation to be the kind of Christian that can light up the world.   The kind of Christian that is the light on a hill for all to see. The kind of Christian that is salty and has not remotely lost their flavor. The kind of Christian that has trials and tribulations but their hope is not...

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My word of the 2020 is EFFORT!

      The word effort has been cycling around my head for the past 3 to 4 months.    It has become more frequent as we got closer to the new year.   I think it is important though to explain a few things though. This effort is not as in hustle or grind or even strive.  This is effort as you must put in the effort to get out of your comfort zone.   The past few years I have been taking tiny steps out of my comfort zone in different areas of my life.  This year though the Lord is leading me to make more of an effort to trust that growth is worth the discomfort. I do not take...

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What is behind the name Olive Grove Life?

  Can I let you in on a secret? I did not like the name of my store for a while.    God gave it to me during devotion time one morning and I just was like what?????  I will be honest and say that my thought process on the purpose of my store has evolved over the years.  My time in obscurity lets me work out the kinks and issues.   I always wanted to encourage others the way I needed encouragement when I had fallen down.  And even day to day now.  Slowly God has shown me that there are a few things that caused me issues and I think are causing a few other people issues also.  1)...

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