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Long Island Awakening

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Over the summer I sat with a woman who had been in ministry for several decades.  We were having a conversation about how difficult it is for older churches to attract the younger crowd, how they are dying out (literally) and becoming less relevant.  They had hired a consultant for a hefty price to tell them how to get more people in their church.  The person’s advice hadn’t worked. She was at a loss.  I told her my vision, to unite the churches in my area so that it’s no longer about each one trying to survive on their own, but about all of us Christians coming together for the greater good.  Good luck, she said.  I knew it was a lofty goal, but something God had put on my heart nonetheless.

I no longer believe this concept is a pie in the sky, because I saw it on Friday night.

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Braised Coconut Spinach and Chickpeas with Lemon

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I love that I live in a home where I can experiment with new recipes to my heart’s content and my family is along for the ride. This week I was in the mood for some hearty vegetables all by themselves, without the rice, pasta, or bread that usually accompanies them. Growing up in a Puerto Rican household, that would be unheard of. A meal was not complete without rice…and meat. I had some sweet potatoes laying around that needed to be gobbled up, so I hit the internet! Continue reading →

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Provision Starts with a Decision

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How many of us have seen an amazing opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up, but skipped it anyway because we didn’t have the money.  Whether it was a great sale, an empowering conference, a dream vacation, or a once in a lifetime business opportunity, we looked at what we had in our hands currently and decided that we were not going to be able to take part.  The occasion came and went without us.

Friends, there’s a much better way!  It’s a little principle I like to call “Provision Starts with a Decision.”  Let me explain. Continue reading →

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Integrity: Who ARE You?

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They say integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.  I say integrity is being the same person whether someone is looking or not.  Many people would change certain behaviors if they knew they could be caught at any moment – whereas if they felt sure there was no one around, they’d act a little differently. People on reality shows often say the content was edited to skew them. True, it is television after all.  Yet through all the fancy editing, the reality is they got comfortable and forgot someone was looking.  We live in that same scenario.  Continue reading →

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Throw a Vision Board Party!

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I have a wonderful idea for your next girl’s night in, women’s fellowship, ladies’ retreat…even teen night.  Throw a Vision Board Party!  It’s super simple. You provide the card stock, glue sticks, scissors and snacks.  Your guests will bring all their magazines that have been sitting at home collecting dust.  Crank up the tunes and get to creating! Continue reading →

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