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Encouragement for Life
Whether you are going though a rough time in life or just looking for a source to help hold you up; God's Word is the greatest source of encouragement for our lives. As part of our mission here to inspire, entertain, and inform from a Christian perspective, we are committed to provide you with the resources you need to find God's truth and encouragement for your life.

Here you will find devotionals that will encourage you each month.

Holy Week Reflection: Dying to Self

A few weeks ago, I began the Lenten season with a commitment to live a more disciplined life by dealing with destructive eating habits.  I’ve done fairly well, staying on track with healthy and regular meals.  Of course there have been a few days when I’ve reverted to old ways but thankfully that has not been the norm.  With God’s help, I continue to make progress each day. 

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God is Your Hiding Place

My boys love to play hide and seek.  One particular day they were playing this game during a thunderstorm when the roaring of thunder frightened Caleb, who was 2 at the time.  He ran into big brother Isaiah’s bed and hid.  From the upstairs hallway I heard Isaiah’s comforting words, “don’t be afraid Caleb.  God is your hiding place!” 

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Disciplining My Indulgence

When I decided to give up candy for Lent, I had no idea of the healing journey God had prepared for me.  One that has long been overdue and neglected because I’ve been in God’s way.  I questioned whether I could live a disciplined life in a culture overflowing with indulgences.  Certainly, the world does not help me curb my appetite but persist in testing the limits of my discipline.  Technology has made everything accessible with just a touch.  It isn’t necessary to crave anything for long because I am never living without.  I realized that unless there is a desire to honor God with a life of discipline, I will not make an intentional effort to resist against indulging in the pleasures of this world. 

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About the Author:
A refugee from Vietnam, Phuong came to Erie in February 1980 with her parents, 4 siblings and maternal grandmother after escaping communism in May 1979.  Their miraculous 11 days survival in the Pacific Ocean on a tiny wooden fishing boat was an act of God’s grace and mercy.  She grew up with an awareness of God but didn't know Him personally until she received a second chance at life in her mid-twenties.   Now, her passion is to encourage and help people discover the healing power and life changing truths of Jesus Christ.  Phuong resides in Green Township with her husband Scott and two boys, Isaiah and Caleb.