Cara Blondo

Nothing Wasted

Nothing Wasted

“He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze” (2 Samuel 22:35). In this exuberant psalm of praise and thanksgiving, David sang of the Lord’s mighty deeds in delivering him from all of his enemies (verse 1). While verse 35 is just one of the many recountings of the Lord’s faithfulness, two little words stuck out to me: “so that.”  Clearly David was praising God,...

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Looking for His Love

Looking for His Love

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.  It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.”  (Psalm 92:1-2) I wonder what would happen if we put these two verses into practice: if we regularly gave Him thanks, sang praises unto Him, and declared His love every morning and His faithfulness every evening? ...

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Imitating Our Father

Imitating Our Father

While most of my family love to fish and be on the boat, my oldest son follows most closely in my husband’s footsteps - give them a fishing pole and a day on the water, and they are happy!  Much of my son’s ability has come from the years spent watching my husband and imitating him, resulting in a young man who is capable, knowledgable, and able to explain and teach the rest of us...

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The Right Road

The Right Road

“Then Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again.  So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland.  With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah.”  (Ruth 1:6-7) How important it is to consider...

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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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