• All Things

    By Lisa Nuss

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” Said as a cheer, along with hand motions, I memorized Philippians 4:13 as a young child at a sports-themed VBS one summer. While I may not remember all of the motions that went along with it, the verse has stuck with me. And although I can still rattle it off without even thinking about it, it has come to mean so much more than just an encouraging rally cry of “You can do it!” So often, we use that verse to encourage someone who is struggling, but many times we use it in the sense of, “If you pray and rely on Christ’s strength in you, your dream will come true!” or, “You should never say you can’t do something, because in Christ you can!” These sentiments come from good …

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  • Do Not Judge

    By Lisa Nuss

    It’s easy to pass judgment on people and situations, and we have all done it. We judge others based on a variety of factors – appearance, actions, in-actions, the opinions of other people, etc. – and sometimes the conclusions we make are incorrect because we are looking at these factors out of context. I’ve always been a very quiet, reserved person, and I’d call myself the epitome of an introvert. Despite that fact, I decided to audition for marching band drum major my senior year of high school. To my fellow band members and perhaps even the staff, it probably seemed quite an odd thing for me to do since a drum major needs to be rather loud and able to lead a large group of people. However, they were seeing me, and therefore judging me, based on my actions …

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  • Calming Your Ocean of Emotion

    By Lisa Nuss

    I grew up going to the beach and still go every year. I love the ocean and remember my dad teaching me how to duck under a wave if it looked like it was going to crash right on top of me. I was pretty good at judging when that was necessary, but there was one particular time I recall when the waves just kept coming. When I went out into the water, the waves were small and calm, but somewhere along the way, so gradually I didn’t even realize it, they grew larger and more frequent. I kept ducking under them, but barely had time to come back up and catch my breath before having to dive back down. I eventually made it back to shore, but felt like I had been through a washing machine! Life can be …

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  • 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Share Jesus with Their Friends

    By Lisa Nuss

    Picture a preschooler belting out the song “Jesus Loves Me” at the top of her lungs on a crowded Walt Disney World transportation bus taking tired guests back to their resort from the Magic Kingdom. This was my recent experience when I was there on vacation. The bus driver was making a big deal over the intercom system about the princess with the beautiful voice that was riding with us. (I’m guessing he had overheard her singing while boarding the bus.) With a captive audience in place, he asked if she would like to sing her song for all of us to hear. She happily started in on “Let it Go” (of course). After a wild round of applause from all of the passengers, the driver asked if she would like to sing anything else. I was expecting another princess …

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