26 Things in 26 Years

If “rollercoaster” was used to describe one of my years, this would without-a-doubt be one of them. I’ve learned some things during this trip around the sun - some themes that I really hold dear. And because of those aforementioned new forehead wrinkles, I think that means I might now be able to impart at least some wisdom through these life lessons.

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Jocelyn Hepler
Undimmed Eyes + Unabated Vigor | Deuteronomy Series

Following the story of the Israelites can be exhausting, quite frankly. They've gone through so much, have been obedient at times, questioning at times, rebellious at times, repentant at times, and joyful at times. Such a wide range of circumstances and emotions! It's been quite the rollercoaster. One of the main things I couldn't help but think as I got toward the end of the book was "Moses has GOT to be exhausted. He must be sick. and. tired. I certainly would've had enough of these people by now. Imagine LEADING them?!"

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The Truth About Being Capable | Deuteronomy Series

I have a handful of faulty core beliefs - we all do. These beliefs are ones that are not actually true of us but have been embedded in us from various life experiences. One of mine is that I'm not good or capable enough to handle something/take on a task/etc, so I should run from it or not even try. I would even say that many moments in my life have been marked by "I can't".

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Trust and Obey | Deuteronomy Series

This post is honestly a little more unexpected. We're not going to pick apart a passage, and in fact, we'll only be looking at a small part of Deuteronomy. God simply met me where I was in this section and sent me on a bit of a journey to find some key things that my soul needed. So if you're willing to follow along with me, I'll invite you into how He did that as I made my way through chapter 19.

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Be Careful + Hold Fast | Deuteronomy Series

Multiple things are implied when someone tells you to "be careful". The person saying those words probably cares about you. They're probably letting you know or even warning you about something so that could harm you; they don't want you to get hurt. The words are probably being said in your best interest.

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The Goodness of God | Deuteronomy Series

It would've been hard for the Israelites to see God as good through their many challenges. But their feelings about whether or not He is didn't change the fact that He is. Your circumstances don't get to decide the character of God. His character is set in stone. We can trust the One who is good, has shown us His goodness, is able to do immeasurably more (Eph. 3:20), and who desires to do us good in the end (Deut 8:16).

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Deuteronomy Series: An Introduction

Deuteronomy is jam packed with many different themes and lots of repetition about who God is, the promises He's made, the disobedience of the Israelites, the blessings that come from obedience, and an emphasis on the importance of God's Word. Join me on this journey in the following five weeks as I take you through some of the main points God has been teaching me while reading this book. It certainly won't be exhaustive, and I'd love to invite you to dive in with me and take note of some of the themes that jump out for you.

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5 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

“You were made on purpose and for a specific purpose (Eph. 2:10). What has been stifled in you that you need to let out? Or what have you yourself put off and made excuses for? What itch have you been ignoring? It's there for a reason. And it's worth doing these things to better figure out the unique ways God has gifted you + what ways He intends to use your creativity.”

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25 Things in 25 Years

“The older you get, the more you see the brokenness of the world. The more you see hardships. The more you realize how messed up people are. The more you experience pain from others' selfish choices. The more you realize the reality of what childhood seemed to shield you from. BUT. That doesn't mean all hope is lost.”

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O Taste + See!

"A few weeks ago, our time together consisted of making some of our favorite quick dishes. Since it was such a special time for us, and my tastebuds certainly glorified the Lord through the whole experience, I figured it'd be fun to share those recipes here, along with some pictures!"

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My Only Constant

"Boxes everywhere. The house is disheveled. Packing for what seems like forever, and yet it seems like there's always more. More transitions. More change. New things are coming fast and right now there's a number of uncertainties."

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A Divine Necessity

Having something driving my life that is divinely necessary means that I will do it despite how I may feel on a particular day. It means that I won't care about potential awkwardness or potential rejection. It means that this is something so crucial and significant that I can't not tell others.

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Ministry Update: Praying for the Lord to Act

When you're raising support, it's easy to see the end goal as being so far away. If I'm honest, that's how I've felt for a majority of these 38 weeks. But I knew there would come a time where the reality of "oh my gosh I'm moving to a new state and this is all happening so fast and how in the world is this going to happen in time" would set in. Well, people. That time is here.

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I Shall Not Want

Growing up in a Christian home, Psalm 23 was one of the first lengthy [or at least lengthy for a child] passages I memorized. I can still remember the chapter being written out in marker on a dry erase board downstairs where I'd play with my toys. Back then, I didn't understand the deep meaning of this passage, and the same was true for many other passages that have now become really dear to me. I'm definitely not claiming to now know all there is to know about this Psalm, but over the past few years and even more-so very recently, it has come to life for me as I dive into it more and more.

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A Merciful Response to Shame

He exposes our sin, but He doesn't want us to stand in shame. And we don't have to, because He clothes us with His righteousness. No need for "just try harder," no need to hide, no need to attempt to get our own act together. Our greatest need has been met through the cross.

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Reflections on Year 22

It's so hard to believe that today I'm entering into my 23rd year of life. The Lord has definitely taught me a lot during year 22. I didn't always dress like a hipster and have breakfast at midnight [my last chance for that reference, so I had to ], but my 22nd year had a lot of grand adventures, changes, and challenges. So many joys and uncertainties, but one thing IS certain: I got to experience Jesus more fully.

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