Amy Austin
Don’t Be a Christmas Naysayer

Don’t Be a Christmas Naysayer

“Naysayer” is a word we tag on those who come across as negative or who are apt to contribute a critical spin. And it’s usually attributed to other people. None of us think we’re naysayers. We “have opinions.” While opinions have their place, they’re kind of like...

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Finally. I Let it Go

Finally. I Let it Go

I have an impossible situation. We’ve all got seemingly unsolvable issues. They can plague us daily. For my problems, I’ve got a new plan. Here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to let it go. Sure, it seems obvious. Sure, I should have done it years ago. Sure, it...

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Angels in the Outfield

Angels in the Outfield

What’s baseball got to do with God? Absolutely nothing. EXCEPT... It inspires me. When I see a team win the game in the bottom of the ninth with a walk off home run, it gives me chills. It excites me. When I see a team inch its way back, little by little, from a...

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Following Christ

Following Christ

I know what it’s like to follow Christ and I know what it’s like to rely on my own understanding. Following Jesus will undoubtedly bring some pain, persecution, and loneliness. But Jesus promises a long-range peace that passes our understanding. So, I can choose to go...

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Raking Leaf Fun

Raking Leaf Fun

I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of trees around my house. It’s beautiful this time of year when the leaves all start changing color, but it’s also the time for those leaves to start falling. I suppose I could just get out there myself and rake them all up,...

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3 Easy Ways to Show Hospitality

3 Easy Ways to Show Hospitality

I recently visited the home of a friend who I was picking up to go a ball game. Upon my arrival, his wife let me in, bellowed to my buddy, and said he’d be right out. Then she disappeared. I was left standing in the doorway for several minutes with four yappy dogs who...

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Mourning While Joyful?

Mourning While Joyful?

A month... A month ago our precious new addition to our family came into the world and changed A LOT for us (we knew this would happen). And so far, Little Lady Izzy has tested our sleep schedule, yet made us smile so much our cheeks hurt at times. She has mainly...

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When You’re Having Bad Day

When You’re Having Bad Day

I consider myself a pretty positive person, but just like everyone else, I have good days and bad days. Sometimes one little thing can change a regular old day into a terrible one. I can’t say I have all the answers to turning a bad day around, but one thing that...

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Fall Family Fun

Fall Family Fun

We’ve all been waiting for those crisp, cool mornings, and they’re finally here! Autumn is in full swing and that brings lots of opportunities to have some family fun! Our friends at Every Dollar have come up with a list to get us started, and the great thing is, it...

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Can You Forgive?

Can You Forgive?

The image was spread across our screens this week, shared by millions on social media. Amber Guyger, who shot and killed Brandt Jean’s brother by mistake, was charged with murder, and given 10 years in prison. At the trial, Brandt said he forgave the accused, and...

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You Have Connections

You Have Connections

You were not made to go it alone. You were built for relationship. Ultimately, we were all created by God for relationship with Him, and through Him, relationships with others. But we were also born with a penchant for rebellion. We naturally try to fend for ourselves...

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Jeremy Camp – Dead Man Walking

Jeremy Camp – Dead Man Walking

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp has returned with a brand new single “Dead Man Walking." "Colossians 2:13-14 speaks of our lives before Christ as being ‘dead.’ There was a time I felt emotionally and spiritually dead, but then God changed me radically,”...

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Jordan Feliz – Faith

Jordan Feliz – Faith

Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Jordan Feliz has released another new song. "Faith" is the second track to drop from Feliz's third album "Future." Touring over the last three years with "Winterjam," as well as three of his own solo shows, Jordan has now played in...

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Thrive Worship – I Still Believe

Thrive Worship – I Still Believe

A song based on John 16 where Jesus assures us "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world!" "I Still Believe" serves as a reminder that no matter what struggles we may face, God promises hope for tomorrow. Thrive Worship shares...

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Francesca Battestelli – Defender

Francesca Battestelli – Defender

Francesca says, "I actually didn't write "Defender." I heard it for the first time on Rita Springer's 2017 album, Battles. Every time I lead "Defender," it is a special moment. This new single has meant a lot to me. I remember telling my husband that I'd like to...

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Sweet Reunion

Sweet Reunion

A teenage track star was racing toward the finish line with a second wind when she saw a surprise at the end of the finish line…her army captain mom was back from deployment cheering her on! Way to finish strong! I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which...

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When You Can’t Sleep

When You Can’t Sleep

We love our pets, don’t we? It’s amazing the things we put up with sometimes, especially when they look at us with those adorable faces! Lately our dogs are keeping us up at night…it seems they think it’s their bed. We have a king-sized bed, yet most every night, I am...

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