Be strong and courageous

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. —JOSHUA 1:9 Every single one of us is afraid of something. Even those of us who seem to be brave are usually just better than others at hiding how scared we really are. But you know what’s amazing? That God knows how scared we feel and uses us for his purposes anyway. I once read that the phrase “Do not fear”...
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You are an original

. . . we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. —GALATIANS 5:26 (THE MESSAGE) We all love Instagram and Snapchat, but at the same time, we have never had so many ways to compare our lives to our friends’ lives. We know what they are eating for breakfast, if they’re having a party, or when they are on vacation. It can look...
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Against All Odds, Fiona Prevailed!

On January 24, 2017, Fiona the hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, six weeks before her due date. She weighed only 29 pounds, which is very small for a Nile hippo. She was too weak to stand and nurse from her mother, so Fiona received around-the-clock attention from the zoo’s animal care staff, dubbed “Team Fiona,” and even from nurses at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The whole world watched as Fiona learned to eat, walk, and swim. Her challenges were big, but the baby hippo’s spunk and incredible will helped...
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