Author: Lara Dentremont

Making Quality Time During your First Years of Marriage

During the early months of our first year of marriage, there were times when we felt like two separate people living in the same house who casually interacted with one another. Mornings were quiet with pages turning and breakfast dishes clinking. Daylight hours were spent working. Evenings were filled with washing dishes, loud vacuums, building websites, video games, youth group, and scrolling on our phones. Except for work hours, we spent nearly every moment together. And yet, our interactions were vague and surface level. The response to the usual question, “How was your day?” was the typical answer, “Good,”...

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Four Ways You Can Grow with Your Friends in Sanctification

God created the Church to help people flourish in community with one another. He didn’t give you or only a few individuals every single spiritual gift. Rather, the Holy Spirit dispersed them among God’s people. You and I are not an island unto ourselves. We are fallible and easily blinded by our sin which even means sometimes we deceive ourselves into thinking we are good when we aren’t. The Body of Christ is essential to your sanctification, which is why the Lord desires to use you to help others in their growth in grace. As we begin this article,...

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Become A Disciple: Why You Should Make Friends With An Older Woman

How God Brought Me the Older Friends, I Needed The summer after my freshman year at college, I married, moved back to my hometown, and took college courses online. That fall when all my friends my age left for university, I experienced loneliness. We had been jumping from church-to-church, not developing any relationships. My days were spent in a small cottage in the middle of nowhere on a computer doing school work. The only communication I had on an average day was with my dog until my husband got home at 4:00 pm. In wearisome days, I questioned what...

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Three Ways the Holy Spirit Produces Change in Your Life

Who does the work of sanctification, the Christian or the Holy Spirit? As one who has struggled for years with anxiety, the question, “What is my role in overcoming this issue and where do I submit to God?” has often pressed on my mind. In seeking an answer together, we are going to explore this question through looking at daily Bible reading, local church membership, and prayer. God has used all three of these spiritual disciplines in my life, to help grow me in grace, especially in my struggle with anxiety. Specifically, the Lord has used daily Bible reading...

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