Cara Blondo

Patience of God

Patience of God

Patience is something we probably don't think much about until it's lost - until WE "lose" our patience - or until others "lose" theirs. Otherwise, we probably don't go around admiring or thinking about this quality all that much. But as we will see with this lesson, it is a quality that each and every one of us must be so very grateful for and something that we must desire to grow in. Why?...

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Sojourning or Settling?

Sojourning or Settling?

“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land.  So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for awhile in the country of Moab.”  (Ruth 1:1) “To live for awhile.”  The word really is “to sojourn,” which has at its core the idea of a temporary stay with the intention of returning. As we read the account in Ruth 1, however,...

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Depths of Despair

Depths of Despair

“From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help.” ~Reflections on Psalm 130~ Whose help do I call for when I'm in despair?  He alone can help!  I look to all others in vain.  How thankful I am that we may boldly approach His throne of grace to find help in time of our need. (Hebrews 6:14) “Hear my cry, O Lord.  Pay attention to my prayer.” We can be certain that He hears...

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Famine

Famine

“In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land.  So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab…” (Ruth 1:1) A famine is a time of severe scarcity; a time of shortage; a time of not having enough.  A famine usually causes someone to make a decision or a change in order to do something about it. In this case, the...

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Joined for the Journey

Joined for the Journey

This message, on the topic of prioritizing your husband (in the season of having young children - or any busy season for that matter!) aims to encourage women with practical - and doable - ways in which we can invest in our marriages one day (and one choice) at a time. Click here to listen to this message

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Divine Destination

Divine Destination

One summer while in college, I was at the airport in order to fly to NYC for a missions trip. We were going to serve in soup kitchens, AIDS hospitals, and deliver food to the homeless, all while sharing the Gospel and love of Christ to those whom the world would describe as "less fortunate." Imagine my surprise upon learning that it was requested that I move up to first-class. As I traveled,...

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The Goal is Love

The Goal is Love

“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love.” ― Bernard of Clairvaux “Mom, I realized what’s causing your allergies to act up every time you go outside,” my daughter excitedly told me.  Yes, for the past month or...

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Grace of God

Grace of God

What thoughts come to mind when you hear the words "the grace of God?" Perhaps it is the word "undeserving." Maybe you begin to hum the tune of "Amazing Grace." Grace is a word that we are so familiar with, sometimes to a fault. If you want to be in awe once again of your amazing God and His amazing grace, listen to this message, found here.

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Reading Backwards

Reading Backwards

Many years ago, Readers Digest reported the following: “A newspaper ran the following correction: “The title of The First Christian Church program in last week’s paper was written as ‘Our God Resigns.’  The actual title is ‘Our God Reigns.’” What a comfort it is to know that our God never resigns or retires!  Rather, He is forever on His throne, rightfully ruling and reigning. The fact...

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Lessons From An Empty Calendar

Lessons From An Empty Calendar

Just over a year ago, when it became evident the calendar would be staying “empty” longer than originally thought, my prayer was that although my calendar was empty, we might experience fullness. Not a fullness from busyness but rather a fullness from fellowship - with the Lord - and with one another.  Now as life seems to pick up pace as abruptly as it skidded to a halt over a year ago, my...

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