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  • Posts By: Brittany Ketter

    Thanks-Living: Cultivating a Spirit of Thankfulness

    It is that time of year again, and I cannot believe how quickly it came! I love how when November hits, my Facebook newsfeed is often filled with posts from my friends counting their blessings, and sharing the things for which they are thankful. Such posts seem to spark a chain reaction, and many will hop on the thankful wagon, but usually, it is only just a few weeks later and those posts fade. That time spent of Thanksgiving appears to be nothing more than a short-lived season. As Christians, Thanksgiving should be much more than a day, a week, or even a month – we should carry a spirit of Thanksgiving always. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) , it says to: “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  Cultivating a spirit of thankfulness is
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    Garbage Days & Pastor’s Ways

    When my sister was little, I remember her telling me once that she wanted to be a garbage man(person) when she grew up. When I asked her why, she said because then she would only have to work one day a week. This, of course, brought about some laughter before explaining that even though they come to our house to take the trash only once a week, that isn’t the only day that the garbage men work. It is easy to understand where the idea came to her. Thinking back on this moment, I wonder, how often is the same thought about our pastors? How often are they thought to have a one-day “job”. Sunday morning, you go out, and it is their job to bring the Word and pray, and help to equip you for ministry. You worship, you listen, you pray,  and then go home, not really thinking
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    Saving Somedays

    September came almost without warning. I try to deny the coming changing of seasons, but this is almost impossible to do when everywhere I turn has harvest decor on display, and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air. As the days grow shorter, and the nights a bit cooler, I hold on to the last days of summer, intentionally taking the time to feel the warmth of the sunshine and savoring it as long as I can manage. I think about all the plans I had made for this summer that are yet unfinished, and try to cram as many of them as possible into these final days. Where did the time go? How did summer end so quickly, and how did I not see this coming? As this season is coming to a close, I long for it to last just a little while longer, and wonder why
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    Limitless Living

    “If I only…”  or “If I had…”  or “If I didn’t” is the beginning of far too many sentences. It is the beginning of too many thought processes. It is the end of too many dreams, purposes, and untapped potential. I’ve been guilty of it – turning my dreams into something that is “practical” in order to one day see them accomplished. I take a great vision and break it down. In the name of being realistic, great dreams become dwarfed goals.  But what if we are just making excuses? I am finding that these “limitations” that we have, be it sickness, circumstances, culture, finances, or any other thing – it is merely a mask we wear because our real fear is having no limits. We keep this mask of inferiority and allow ourselves to be bound by our current circumstances which we find our comfort in, and then say, “For me to do _____(insert your greatest dream here)___, it
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    The Wonder of Jesus

    A few years ago I read a book called “The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels.”  by Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth. I was captivated from the start by the masterfully written narratives (penned by DeMuth), and by the teaching that offered context and keys (by Viola). When I finished reading it, I had so many thoughts, but there is one line I read that still hasn’t gotten away from me. It was in the chapter “Diary of a Prostitute Who Loved Much” based on Luke 7:36-50. That line simply read: “Was no one else moved by the wonder of Jesus?” Luke 7:36-50 details the story of the woman with the alabaster jar. The scene could not have been set more beautifully. This woman did a most humble and beautiful thing and was ridiculed for it. She poured out her livelihood on the feet of Jesus, washed his
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    Remind Me…

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning;  great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23  One of the biggest lies that I tell myself is, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.” Then later that day, or week, I will remember that I said I wouldn’t need to write it down, but had forgotten what it was. Maybe you can relate… I am so guilty of being caught up in the moment when God meets me in the middle of my mess. I think I will remember that moment 10 years from now because, in that moment, it is so profound, and He feels so near. Sometimes, it is few months, or even just a few days later, I don’t don’t remember what all that moment held. I don’t remember any details, only that He was there. I think we, at
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    The Color Purple

    “21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. 22 She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.” (NKJV) Proverbs 31: 21-22 Proverbs 31 is fairly well-known to us as it references what a woman who fears the Lord looks like. It paints a portrait of what we read and see as the perfect godly woman that we could ever aspire to be! Reading Proverbs 31 could even be overwhelming because we desire so much to be that woman who fears the Lord; we desire to be that godly woman. It can be easy to forget as we read that this passage is not a check list, but rather an example of the fruit which grows out of having a fear of the Lord. The Proverbs 31 woman is not meant to be this over-bearing goal, and to be that kind of a woman of
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