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Wounds In Jars

God is always ready to use our past hurt for the good of others. But how can we keep it stored for just the right time?

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JL McCarthy

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Maybe It's Okay - Part 2

Learning how to deal with some of life's issues while remaining Centered around Jesus.

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JL McCarthy

September 2, 2021

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Maybe It's Okay - Part 1

Learning how to deal with some of life's issues while remaining Centered around Jesus.

By

JL McCarthy

August 17, 2021

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Get In the Cloud

Question for God #7 - What is a "Great Cloud of Witnesses?"

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JL McCarthy

July 27, 2021

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Gifts of Grace

Question #6 - How could You send Your son to the cross?

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JL McCarthy

June 29, 2021

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JL McCarthy

May 25, 2021

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How can we be free?

Question for God #5 - How can we be free from all of the pressures of this life?

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JL McCarthy

May 25, 2021

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Little Things Make Big Impacts

Question #4 - Why did God create mosquitoes?

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JL McCarthy

May 11, 2021

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JL McCarthy

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Need for Healing

Question for God #3 - Why isn't He healing me?

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JL McCarthy

April 29, 2021

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Follow the Leader

Question for God #2 - Am I fulfilling my purpose?

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JL McCarthy

April 13, 2021

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Eating Elephants

Questions for God Series - What should we be doing right now?

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JL McCarthy

March 30, 2021

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Dear 2020 Self

A letter from me to me.

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JL McCarthy

March 18, 2021

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The Gift of Completion

We are already living eternally, but we have not yet seen God finish what He started. So we are daily living in the in-between, not experiencing the satisfaction of being complete, and until the day, whether He returns or calls us home, we must sit in that tension. 

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JL McCarthy

March 2, 2021

Poems

Grout

A poem born from sand.

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JL McCarthy

February 16, 2021

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Exercising Resilience

We are afforded the smaller inconveniences and splinters in our everyday life to practice resilience. 

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JL McCarthy

February 16, 2021

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Work Hard, Play Hard

There is so much noise. Everywhere I turn, something is ringing in my ears demanding my attention, and I am exhausted. The tile saw in our bathroom is the loudest right now.

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JL McCarthy

February 2, 2021

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The Sun Will Rise

A message reminding you that God still sits on His throne.

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JL McCarthy

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New Year, REnewed Faith

2021 is a year filled with possibility and hope. What would it look like to renew your faith by asking more questions and seeking more answers?

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JL McCarthy

January 5, 2021

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JL McCarthy

December 31, 2020

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Sharing Hope

What are you waiting for? Our calling is the same as the shepherds in Luke and the disciples in Acts, to go and share the good news. 

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JL McCarthy

December 21, 2020

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Finding Space

When everyone is home, how do you find space?

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JL McCarthy

December 15, 2020

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Community Apart

While we may not be in the same room with our community for a time, we can rest in the fact that our "body" still functions as a living breathing organism within our world.

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JL McCarthy

December 8, 2020

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Holiday Hospitality

In a time when we can't give much in the way of our homes, how can we show hospitality to people in our path?

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JL McCarthy

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JL McCarthy

November 24, 2020

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Lamenting for Thanksgiving

Today, I want to scream into a pillow and cry. I want to shake my fist at the sky and ask God, "what are You doing, already? When will You end this?"

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JL McCarthy

November 24, 2020

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JL McCarthy

November 18, 2020

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Get Into It

The world tells us to "do what's best for you" while simultaneously pushing the "we are all in this together, so make sure you put others first." That seems contradictory. And yet, scripture tells us to love each other and care for one another, sometimes at the expense of our own comfort. 

By

JL McCarthy

November 17, 2020

Poems

The Bridge

A haiku with a little bit of fruit.

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JL McCarthy

October 27, 2020

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Crossing Over

I believe we are amid a descent in our society. Division at every corner, literal and proverbial. Each conversation, post, or interaction might be the step that sends us tumbling down like Jack and Jill.

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JL McCarthy

October 27, 2020

Poems

The Divided States of America

I wrote this poem about two years ago. It seems increasingly applicable by the day.

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JL McCarthy

October 21, 2020

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Being United

The current climate of our culture is like Death Valley. Dry, parched, blistering, little hope for life, little hope for a future, you get the point.

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JL McCarthy

October 20, 2020

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JL McCarthy

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Getting Lost

There is nothing more humbling than being lost. Not knowing where you are or how to get where you are going is debilitating. This particular situation happens far and few between these days thanks to GPS, but every now and then, we find ourselves turned around, searching for a way.

By

JL McCarthy

October 13, 2020

Poems

Deep Longing

Do you ever have a deep longing for something?

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JL McCarthy

September 30, 2020

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Your time will come

For my whole life, travel has been in my bones. Meeting new people and seeing how the Lord works worldwide breathes new life into my soul. So when I stay home and hear about my husband's adventures, I pray for tons of grace from God, and He has been faithful to cover me in it.

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JL McCarthy

September 30, 2020

Poems

Purity

A salvation haiku

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JL McCarthy

September 16, 2020

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Pure in Heart

About 15 years ago, I decided to get a permanent reminder of who is Lord of my life. I knew I wanted it on my wrist so that I could always see it, but I wrestled with what design I wanted. It needed to be perfect; which coincidentally was the lesson I was about to learn.

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JL McCarthy

September 22, 2020

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JL McCarthy

September 16, 2020

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#Blessed

#Blessed has nothing to do with what we have or don't have. Instead, it's the posture of our heart.

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JL McCarthy

September 17, 2020

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The Weaver

Weaving is a bit like life. I often question what God is doing, and I get frustrated with His choice of plans. I disagree with hardship or pain because I don’t see the whole picture. It doesn’t fit with my definition of good so I assume it can’t possibly work within the tapestry of my life.

By

JL McCarthy

September 8, 2020

Poems

Tapestry

There is much we can gain from patiently watching the Weaver at work.

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JL McCarthy

September 7, 2020

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JL McCarthy

August 5, 2020

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I hurt too

Being a parent has taught me more about God than any other thing I've done in this life. Now that I have a few years of it under my belt, I wonder if I would have chosen differently, knowing the amount of pain and hurt that goes with parenthood.

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JL McCarthy

August 26, 2020

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JL McCarthy

August 18, 2020

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It Gets Better

I think every generation wants something better for the next. We want to see more justice and equality. We want to see medicine eradicate cancer and corona. We want to see leaders who aren't self-serving or solely driven by money and power. God wants those things too.

By

JL McCarthy

August 19, 2020

Poems

For Your Birthday

A poem written for my daughter on her 10th birthday.

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JL McCarthy

August 11, 2020

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Unexpected Timing

I dreamed of one day having a real mini-me to tote around, caring for it, and being loved no matter what I did. But my desire to be a mom and the reality of having a child never quite lined up as expected.

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JL McCarthy

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JL McCarthy

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The Birds are Already Here

Jesus reminds us of how important children are to Him. Does our culture do the same?

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JL McCarthy

August 4, 2020

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JL McCarthy

July 28, 2020

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Bring the Birds

I desperately want to make a difference and impact lots of people for the kingdom of God. The problem is my “Godly” ambition is easily twisted into selfish motives, and before I know it, I am doing things to impress others, rather than simply following Him.

By

JL McCarthy

July 28, 2020

Poems

Yes, My Child

Part 2 - God's reply

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JL McCarthy

July 21, 2020

Poems

Hello, God?

Written from a child's heart crying out to hear from God - Part 1

By

JL McCarthy

July 21, 2020

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Choosing Correctly

In a world filled with so many choices and uncertainties, it can feel overwhelming to know which way to go—trying to hear God can be even harder amidst the noise.

By

JL McCarthy

July 21, 2020

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JL McCarthy

July 14, 2020

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The Bright Side

How often do we try to escape the hard stuff by putting on rose-colored glasses?

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JL McCarthy

July 14, 2020

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JL McCarthy

July 8, 2020

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Stony Heart

Week 5 - Stone Hearts. This is one stone in the Bible that God wants to transform completely. It isn’t a memorial or a weapon. A stubborn heart leads to pain, loneliness, and death if left unchecked. 

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JL McCarthy

July 7, 2020

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JL McCarthy

June 30, 2020

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Rocks as Refgue

Week 4 - How often do you attempt to build shoddy fortresses in your day-to-day instead of going to the Solid Rock?

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JL McCarthy

June 30, 2020

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JL McCarthy

June 17, 2020

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Stone Weapons

Week 3 - What battle are you fighting?

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JL McCarthy

June 17, 2020

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JL McCarthy

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Rotting Stones

Week 2 - The stones with which we use to build our lives are susceptible to rot. We don't have to watch our houses crumble.

By

JL McCarthy

June 9, 2020

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Stone Memorials

Week 1 - Find out what we can learn from the Israelites after they crossed the Jordan.

By

JL McCarthy

June 3, 2020

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JL McCarthy

June 3, 2020

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JL McCarthy

June 2, 2020

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Centered Stones Intro

Join me as I begin a series entirely centered on how stones appear in the Bible.

By

JL McCarthy

May 27, 2020

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Giving in the hard times

Perhaps being generous with whatever we have is a key to living more freely, in the want and in the plenty.

By

JL McCarthy

May 20, 2020

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JL McCarthy

May 13, 2020

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Hiking in Flip-flops

Do you ever feel like you are hiking in flip-flops?

By

JL McCarthy

May 13, 2020

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Depend On Him

I am a person who desperately needs space and independence. Freedom from other people's schedules. Freedom from others' expectations. But being a mom requires me to set down ME time and make it WE time.

By

JL McCarthy

May 6, 2020

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Love never fails

This is how God’s Spirit works. His love within us can’t be shut in.

By

JL McCarthy

April 29, 2020

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Love is Always Hopeful

What is the awkward space called?

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JL McCarthy

April 21, 2020

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I am the True Vine

We have to be intentional about being with Him. Not just to do the things on our list, but to share the gifts of his spirit with the world by entering into his presence every day. We have to set down our expectations and pick up His direction. 

By

JL McCarthy

April 16, 2020

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JL McCarthy

April 15, 2020

Poems

Doubting Dorthy

Sometimes we get lost and doubt our path. Sometimes we are home and doubt if we will ever leave. Either way, we know the way.

By

JL McCarthy

April 8, 2020

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JL McCarthy

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The Way, The Truth, and The Life

How often do we get panicked by some sort of fear, get distracted, and go looking outside of our own backyard? Good news: Jesus gives us a path that leads us to our forever home. Even if we never go past the fences.

By

JL McCarthy

April 8, 2020

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I Am The Resurrection

My faith is often too dependent on how I am feeling or what's going on around me that I forget who I am talking to.

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JL McCarthy

March 31, 2020

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JL McCarthy

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JL McCarthy

March 23, 2020

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JL McCarthy

March 13, 2020

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The Good Shepherd

Rather than asking the question: "what is good?" shift to: "why is Jesus good?"

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JL McCarthy

March 25, 2020

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JL McCarthy

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The Gate

Want peace in the storm? You have to go through the Gate.

By

JL McCarthy

March 18, 2020

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JL McCarthy

March 9, 2020

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The Light of the World

Life can be like walking through a dark room. Sometimes we are ok and don’t get hurt but when new obstacles arise, it is so easy to stumble in the dark. 

By

JL McCarthy

March 11, 2020

Poems

Full

Do you long to be fully satisfied?

By

JL McCarthy

March 2, 2020

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The Bread of Life

What would life look like if you were satisfied?

By

JL McCarthy

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The Woman at the Well

Join me during during the Lent season as I explore the times Jesus says I AM. It begins at the well.

By

JL McCarthy

February 26, 2020

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You are Healed

Are you willing to let Your Hope be centered on the potter who rejoins brokenness? The One who heals more than just the body, but who heals the soul.

By

JL McCarthy

February 26, 2020

Poems

Broken Pieces

Do you feel broken or left behind?

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JL McCarthy

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JL McCarthy

February 18, 2020

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You are the Salt

How do you help keep this death-filled world from rotting away? You shake!

By

JL McCarthy

February 19, 2020

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You are a Masterpiece

From the very beginning, before time, you were a masterpiece in the making.

By

JL McCarthy

February 11, 2020