Cara Blondo

Now is the Time

Now is the Time

“And now, again, is the minister’s time; and now is the time for all of you who love souls. You may see men more alarmed than they are already; and if they should be, mind that you avail yourselves of the opportunity of doing them good. You have the Balm of Gilead; when their wounds smart, pour it in. You know of Him who died to save; tell them of Him. Lift high the cross before their eyes. Tell...

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Hope for Troubled Times Journal

Hope for Troubled Times Journal

Hope for Troubled Times Journal (PDF)Download "Hope for Troubled Times," a printable journal, guides you (or you and your children) through a select Psalm for 22 days. Each Psalm was chosen for the comfort, encouragement, or reminders that can truly offer us hope. Having read through these Psalms with my children and asking them what "stood out" or spoke to them, I later had wished that I...

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Hope for Troubled Times

Hope for Troubled Times

A COVID-19 Prayer + Reading Guide This guide was created with a friend for our friends and their children for two reasons: to read an encouraging Psalm together that would give hope, comfort, or assurance during a time of uncertainty and to condense the many prayer needs around us to one daily prayer focus with our children.  Download

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Good Gifts

Good Gifts

My parents received a phone call from their friends who had just returned from Greece: they had purchased a gift for me and were eager to bring it over. I was a toddler at the time and waited in anticipation for their arrival. As the story goes, I was so excited to receive their gift that when they gave me a t-shirt, I threw it down and ran off in utter disappointment! I’m sure we all have...

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Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

We are officially in the Christmas season! But first, how was your Thanksgiving? Did your day go just as you pictured? Mine didn’t! The night before I thought everything was running according to schedule, until Thanksgiving morning when I awoke to the realization that I had messed up, fallen short, and was let down (by myself!). I had forgotten to place three freshly made side dishes...

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Grateful Even for This

Grateful Even for This

As I stood at the kitchen sink, complaining about having to cut each individual grape in half and removing each of its tiny seeds, I thought, “I wasn’t the one who accidentally bought grapes with seeds, so why do I have to be the one who’s so inconvenienced?!” As I grew more annoyed with the tedious task set before me, my thoughts turned towards the upcoming holiday: Thanksgiving. My attitude...

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Keeping a Grateful Heart

Keeping a Grateful Heart

It has been said, “The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.” What a thought to consider! How easily we take for granted that which has become commonplace in our lives. Even more tragic, however, is when we take His promises, His provisions, and His mercies for granted! Oh, may He open our eyes to see His abundant grace all around us, thus causing our...

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