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Welcome to the (in)courage podcast! We are all different ages, in different life stages, and we come from different cultures and churches, but our common thread is the hope of Jesus. Each weekday we meet you right where you are as one of our writers shares what’s going on in her everyday life and how God’s right in the middle of it all. We bring our joys and struggles equally so that you can feel less alone, and be empowered by the hope Jesus gives. We hope you’ll bring us along with you on ...
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A spoken word poetry podcast by E.L.Dan, author of Let The Water Run Clear, where we channel the power of words to help us release limiting beliefs, step into our power, and trust that we are never alone in what we’re feeling. Website: rootedincourage.com My Book: https://amzn.to/3L9TsKS Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rootedincourage/support
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Interviews with the brave who have made bold life and career transitions. We dive into their personal experiences, explore the motivations behind their choices, and discuss the lessons they've learned along the way.
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This podcast program, produced by Huntington Northstar Productions of Hyannis, Massachusetts, in collaboration with PFLAG Cape Cod, explores the lives of PFLAG Cape Cod members, including members of the LGBTQ+ community and their families, who have dealt with issues of sexual identity/orientation, gender transition, and social acceptance. Many episodes offer moving and intimate portraits of individuals wrestling with their sexual/gender identity, and the path they have taken toward wholeness ...
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The Catalyst for Courage Podcast is a podcast igniting hope in the midst of infertility and pregnancy loss. Each week the show will release useful and relevant educational content, practical and easy to implement tools and resources, real and raw personal stories, and a whole lot of encouragement and hope. Whether you are currently deep in the trenches of trying to conceive, drowning in grief after pregnancy or infant loss, or navigating the complexities of pregnancy after loss, the Catalyst ...
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"I learned two eye-opening (and heart-humbling) lessons: 1. Words hold the power of life and death for the person who says them. 2. Words hold the power of life and death for the person who hears them. Our words impact our ability to do hard things. And our words impact the ability of other people to do hard things. Yes, there are moments when we m…
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"We can call out to God -- not only in our distress but in our day-to-day. You may be landlocked, but the God of the sea is still your God. You may have clear skies, but the God of stormy weather is still your God. You may be in an uncomfortable season, but the God of comfort and hope is still your God." Leave a comment for Melissa: https://incoura…
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"What if we dared to replace our insistence on self-sufficiency with stubborn hope? What if we opened ourselves up to the infinite possibilities that lie in store when we place our hope outside of ourselves? When we stop hinging our worth based on what we can (or can’t) do and instead place our hope in who God is, we might just discover that we don…
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"Hard things in other people's lives do not negate the pain you are carrying personally. God is big enough to care about the little things. Nothing is too big for our Lord. And nothing is too small either." Leave a comment for Jennifer: https://incourage.me/?p=237793 -- This Easter, prepare your heart and home with Simply Jesus: the Hope of Easter …
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"When you fall apart, you are falling into grace. Even while life is crumbling in ways that we cannot comprehend or control, His love for us still proves to be all that we need. Even while life is crumbling in ways that we cannot comprehend or control, His love for us still proves to be all that we need." Leave a comment for Rachel: https://incoura…
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Resting in Jesus: A 30-Day Walk with Mary and Martha is a devotional guide by April Rodgers on the art of letting go of daily chaos to find perfect peace in Christ. When our phones are pinging, children are crying, emails are pouring in, and the refrigerator is empty, finding time to rest in Jesus can seem like a near-impossible task. If we aren’t …
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"When we surrender, God will give us the gift of His peace. Is there a problem or person that you need to surrender to God? It’s hard to admit that you are powerless, but it’s even harder to live with the fear and frustration of what you can’t control. If you need to take the first step, you can start with another simple Surrender Prayer: God, I ca…
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"Life doesn’t have to be a battle. We don’t have to fight to get ahead or fear falling behind. Instead, we can surrender. We can let go of life on our terms. As fear rises, we can refuse to put on our boxing gloves and instead lean on Jesus. I usually deal with my fear by using my own strength. When I sense my soul tensing up for a fight, I’ve lear…
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"We don’t have to deal with our pain and worries by ourselves. When you go to God with your struggles and pain, He doesn’t think you’re exaggerating or being a drama queen, or just too emotional or hormonal. There are people in authority — doctors, parents, church leaders — who will sometimes fail. They will not believe you. They will not care for …
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"Is Jesus knocking at the door of your heart? In Revelation 3:20 (NLT), Jesus said, 'Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.' Jesus gives each one of us the same invitation. He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, but it’s up to us whether or …
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"No matter how broken or weary, worn down or disappointed or sad you feel . . . Whether you recently crushed a goal or you feel like something is crushing you . . . You are completely, absolutely, outrageously, fully loved. Just as you are, today, right now." Leave a comment for Kaitlyn: https://incourage.me/?p=237543 -- You don’t have to keep tryi…
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We wear ourselves out looking for safety in all the wrong places — work, family, politics, achievement, money, relationships, and more. But when our hopes go up in flames, we discover how much we need a true Rescuer. In his new devotional Jesus is All We Need: Devotions to Experience the Rescuing Love of God, decorated former firefighter Jason Saut…
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"What we believe about ourselves directly impacts what we believe about God. We have to ask God to reveal to us false beliefs about ourselves that have, often unconsciously, taken root in our hearts. And then ask Him to help us exchange those false beliefs for His truth. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you are a coheir with Ch…
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"Endings are not failures; they are opportunities for growth. As you navigate the endings in your life, remember that God is with you, guiding you through the transitions. Release the fear of letting go and step into the hope of a new season. Endings are not conclusions; they are the prologue to the beautiful story God is unfolding in your life." L…
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"I still shake my head in amazement over the life-giving stories taking place behind the scenes. It's proof positive that the Lord has given us everything we need to walk a road of welcome in our everyday lives. It isn’t about popularity or personality. None of these women knew me. It was a total faith walk and while tempted, I couldn't allow apath…
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"We need Jesus. He’s the only One who will never let us down. I’ve seen Jesus battle fires in my life and the lives of others. I’ve seen Him rescue people that no one else could have rescued. God’s rescue plan is right there in today’s verse! Our world is on fire. Our lives are on fire. And Jesus is the One on the nozzle, ready to smash down the fl…
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"My story isn’t over yet, and I choose to trust the Author even when I don’t know what’s coming. I recently met two friends for coffee, and all three of us talked about unexpected shifts in our lives. Some personal. Some professional. All stretching us in uncomfortable ways. I said, “One of the only certainties in life is change.” When I remember t…
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"Your weight is not your worth. God doesn't love you more if you're thin. God doesn't love you less if you're in a bigger body. Your pants size does not matter to God, and it doesn't matter if that size goes up or down or stays the same. God just loves you - wholly, as you are. The end." Leave a comment for Anna: https://incourage.me/?p=237472 -- W…
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"His love is better — always has been and always will be. God’s love heals our broken places and satisfies our souls in ways that human love never could. Being acquainted with such a love can carry us through every season — single or not — with a certain joy and sure safety that is impossible to find anywhere else. This Valentine’s Day, let’s hold …
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"You do not have to be useful; only loved. Everything about Jesus tells us that our worth isn't dependent on what we do or don't do, how much we help or fail to, what we achieve or not." Leave a comment for Tasha: https://incourage.me/?p=237460 -- What if you could actually see God clearer and know Him deeper in the middle of your struggles? In our…
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"He calls Himself the God of all comfort, and He proves that over and over again. So many of us have been through surprisingly hard things. It doesn’t matter if other people are tougher than you. It doesn’t matter if your friend or your neighbor could handle circumstances better than you could. God has made it clear that to be there for others, we …
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Failing says, “Give up and walk away before you make a fool of yourself." Learning says, “Give yourself grace. You’re getting stronger every day.” The voice that accuses you of being a constant failure is the voice of your enemy. The voice that reminds you that you are a work in progress is the voice of your Savior. With God, setbacks aren’t ending…
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In her compassionate and deeply personal book, The Matter of Little Losses: Finding Grace to Grieve the Big (and Small) Things, Rachel Marie Kang shines a light on all the things we lose along the way. Through poetry, poignant storytelling, and reflective explorations of art and faith, Rachel guides you to: ponder your loss without judgment remembe…
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"Winter warrants hope. I think about the winter of grief I endured after my husband’s death. God showed up in that season with His comforting presence. I think about the winter of rejection in my career when I kept coming up against closed doors. God built up my courage and resilience. I think about the winter of loneliness when I wondered who my t…
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"It’s easy to become distracted by potential connections with people we’ll never know (I’ve done it) and ignore our truest lineage, the miracle at the core of our existences: we’re children of God (1 John 3:1-2 NKJV) and daughters of the King. Jesus calls us His sisters: 'For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. …
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"Failure is never fatal with God. Every day, God gives you a chance to try again. God’s faithfulness isn’t stymied by your fears, flaws, or failures. You can stand up and fall down a thousand times and God is the first voice whispering, “Trust Me. Try again. You can do this.” The brilliance of God is that He can, even when we cannot. His mercy meet…
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"God is with you in your grief, giving space for sorrow, welcoming you as you slowly find your way. He greets you in your grief before going on to glory, to heaven. He waits with you as you grope and groan for words that give language to loss—all those little and large. He stops and he stoops, lays low, right there with you in the suspension of all…
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"God is patient with us. He is slow with us. He is unhurried with us. God isn’t bothered by how long it takes us to get our act together or just get.it.right. Perhaps allowing people to change slowly is one of the greatest ways we can love each other. And for ourselves, perhaps letting the love of God do slow surgery in our hearts is one of the gre…
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"God not only gives us the strength and comfort we need, but urges us: “Don’t leave before the miracle.” Don’t give up. Don’t believe you’re alone. Don’t run away. Don’t give into the lie that God won’t show up this time. Don’t leave before the miracle." Leave a comment for Mary: https://incourage.me/?p=237168 -- You don’t have to keep trying to mu…
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As the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage, I've felt the Spirit inviting us to adopt this posture of abiding expectancy as a community. Rather than setting goals for more podcast downloads or outlining a grand plan for new ministry directives, I feel God calling us to listen, wait, watch. Abide deeply with Jesus and watch expectantly f…
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"Because of Christ's coming, His death, and His eventual return, not even the darkness of death and loss can outrun His redemptive light. When all you see is darkness in the loss of your personal cold, gray winter, know that the light is there, waiting to show up suddenly in an unexpected place. Perhaps this is the legacy the darkness leaves... a m…
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"The peace Jesus gives provides supernatural calm in the midst of chaos and hardship. We can rest assured that God’s promise doesn’t have an expiration date. It never runs empty. And when our “what if” worries try to steal our calm, we are only a prayer away from unshakable faith and receiving shalom from the Prince of Peace." Leave a comment for B…
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"It's love that pushes us through when the bleakness of midwinter seasons threatens to swallow us whole. If we look closely, we can see His beautiful face around every snow-free corner, each wintering and bare tree, and even in the brown blades of grass covering our bleak midwinter land. May we give Him our hearts. May He come and reign." Lyrics to…
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"Jesus is not afraid to be close to you. He is not afraid to hold your hand in the middle of your darkest nights or to hear every personal detail of your life. He is not ashamed or embarrassed to know your most hidden secret. He is not exhausted to hear you tell Him the same story again and again, or bring the same desire of your heart to Him for t…
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"Just as the best mother ever constantly thinks about and cares for her children, God does the same for us. He cares for us, and He’d like us to care for ourselves too. That care might look like a doctor’s appointment to check on that weird thing, or like drinking that glass of water, or going to bed early, or praying when you’re worried. It might …
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"May we winter as needed, knowing we do not do so without the nearness of Jesus. I’m reminded that though joy and pain can co-exist, and it almost feels trendy to say so, Jesus came into a world with layers of pain He did not fix overnight. He lived through it all in the same way we do now. Year after year He grew and navigated these tensions and o…
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"He was there. Even there. Always there. Listen…God is calling us. Keep listening, for He is singing in the coldness of our discomfort. In the hardness of our struggles. He is calling us to find Him. He is calling us to love Him." Leave a comment for guest author Jess: https://incourage.me/?p=237063 -- Plan out your whole year of Bible studies with…
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"Often, blessing others simply requires prayer and intention. When you encounter someone whose delight is in the Lord, you know it. You’re drawn to their light like a moth to a flame. It’s not just because there’s something particularly wonderful about that person; it’s because you’re drawn to the Holy Spirit working in and through them. The allure…
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"Let’s refuse to be salty, and choose instead to be the salt of the earth. Jesus came to invade our hearts and minds with the Truth and transform the world with the Good News. Jesus came to change everything. Just as the Father sent Jesus into the world, so Jesus sends us (John 17:18 NIV). But many of us are like me with cooking -- overly cautious …
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"When the chaos of life surrounds us, God is the sure and steadfast anchor of our souls. Jesus is called Faithful and True according to Revelation 19:11. His faithfulness never depends on us or our circumstances. His faithfulness is attached to His character -- not ours. Oh, what beautiful news for us, His daughters. We don't have to strive for God…
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"You can't self-help yourself to wholeness. I'm all for counseling, mentoring, reading books, and practicing new skills. But I must remember that although my efforts toward growth and maturity matter, God alone is the master gardener. God the Father, the One who made you and claimed you, is the Master Builder overseeing the total renovation of your…
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"God wants our honest feelings. Our emotions and true thoughts aren’t too much. They aren’t a liability; they are a pathway to intimacy and true growth. The anxiety and worries that wake us in the night have a welcome place to go. The contents of our hearts do not have to stay inside and hidden. What would you say if you knew God’s ears and heart w…
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"When we place our hope in ourselves, we’re bound to be worn out and disappointed when our striving doesn’t fill the void. As Jesus gathered the disciples, He didn’t tell them to list out their three goals and outline five actionable points to achieve them and then live a prosperous life. Instead, He said the opposite: 'Get away with me. And I’ll s…
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"If you find yourself looking back where you no longer belong, call on Jesus Christ who brings hope and healing amid all your longing. We can only speculate as to the reasons why Lot’s wife defied the instructions to not look back. Some theological commentators agree she was looking back with a longing to return. In her willful disobedience, she ga…
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"The way that we pour into others with our words matters. If you are carrying sharp words spoken over you in a moment of true unkindness, consider this a post just for you. Imagine me sitting across from you and saying, 'Those words weren't for your good or growth.' But you know what words are for your good and your growth? God's. And He's got a wh…
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"Dear Daughter, I see you. (Psalm 33:13-15) I see you as you were, as you are, and as you will be. (Psalm 139:1-10) Look to Me; turn to Me. I am Your help. I am the Maker of the heavens and the earth, and I am the Maker of all your moments. Look to Me, for I am the only One, in all the heavens and the earth, that can hold you and help you. (Psalm 1…
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Choosing a word of the year is about strengthening your faith and aligning your life with God's plan for you. Choosing a word of the year is a meaningful way to start the new year with intentionality and purpose. As believers, we can use this practice to deepen our faith, grow in areas of our lives that need improvement, and stay focused on our uni…
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At the start of this new year, may you feel peace knowing that every uncertainty ahead is an opportunity to trust your loving God. May you resist the pressure and temptation to sprint ahead of God's plans and fill up a blank calendar with lofty resolutions and appointments that will stretch you thin. May you remember that you are more than any goal…
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"Too often, our strong opinions result in polarization and broken relationships. But we can change that. We can make 2024 the year of strong yet adaptable opinions. We can make the new year a season of learning and growth; a season of communicating our ideas, while also meeting other people’s opinions halfway. We can prioritize people’s hearts and …
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