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The Lost Boys

Lost & Found God has spent a fair amount of time in recent days reminding me that I am found in Him: even when I feel completely lost, even if everyone seems to have forgotten me, even if it doesn’t seem like anybody is paying attention, He is. Have you ever felt that way?
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The Red High Heel Façade

I have the same insecurities as you. I look in the mirror and do not recognize the stranger looking back at me. I think my hips are too wide, I yell too often, and my idea of dressing up is slapping on a tank top with elastic waist yoga pants. I have not been alone in the
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Utterly Amazed

I love to travel, especially to foreign lands. Even though I speak no foreign language, I embrace the culture, the food, and even the inconveniences. My parents instilled in me this passion from an early age as we often hosted visiting missionaries in our home. I loved to listen
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Election Fears? Take Heart.

I can trace it back to one night during my senior year of high school. Unable to sleep, I grieved the loss of aborted unborn life. I thought, “How could innocent babies be killed and discarded everyday?” My heart ached for the women involved. “What money problems or social
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Fitbits & Food

The Struggle is Real A few months ago I admitted that I struggle with bulimia. Even though I have never made myself throw up, I excessively worked out, dieted, fasted, and then binged on food. I would eat, and eat, and eat some more. It was as if I could not stop eating. Shame
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Katie Eats: Fall is here!

Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year. I love the beauty God created in the changing of the seasons. As soon as the temperature starts to drop, I begin cooking our fall favorites. I’ve created healthier versions of these cool weather recipes with less sugar. They have
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Holy Disruptions

  God interrupts a family’s life trajectory and gives them a new vision and plan Our lives were comfortably under control — at least as much as they can be with three young children and another on the way. Henry had left his law practice in West Columbia, South Carolina to
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Three Encounters, a Deeper Faith

In just one week, God proved His power and answered some questions that had been swirling around in my mind. How can I share my faith? Will anyone even listen to me? I was constantly wallowing in a pit of self-doubt. In the midst of my self-doubt, I pulled into a Chick-fil-A
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Be Brave

Words Whispered to Shrink Her Fear “Be brave.” The gentle whisper tugged at my heart for what seemed like forever. For a girl whose biggest struggle is fear, being brave isn’t exactly something I practice on a regular basis. But, I was certain I’d heard God call me to walk boldly
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The Stranger in the Mirror

My friend, Heidi, saved my life. Literally. While I was still a high school senior, some band buddies of mine who had already graduated and attained positions in the Carolina Band assured me of one thing: If you are in the band, you will drink alcohol. I was strong in my faith
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Who Knows? A Struggle With Perfection Or Nothing

I grow deaf to the whisper of the Holy Spirit. I forget that life is a journey with God. He doesn’t save us and send us on our way. He walks with us. My days are so busy and so full of opportunities to fall, but God reminds me again and again that my job is to follow His lead and
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Katie Eats: Why Fast?

Throughout the Bible we see examples of people fasting. Biblical fasting always has to do with restricting food for a spiritual purpose. When we intentionally focus on prayer instead of food, God will strengthen our spirit and self-control, all the while drawing us closer to Him.
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Prayer and the Political Arena

Former Presidential Candidate Governor Mike Huckabee shares with Living Real his insight on praying for our leaders. Back in college, while studying for a career in television news, I knew I wanted to be a White House correspondent. I grew up watching the news and listening to
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Staying Focused in a World of Distractions

What I learned from observing hotel housekeepers I love to travel! In the early years of our marriage, I stayed home and raised children while my husband did a lot of traveling in connection with his job. Now that we’re in the empty-nest years, one of the great joys of my life is
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Live Like Your Mic is On

The room was set up for several hundred people. The event coordinator had asked me to arrive 30 minutes early for a sound check. As usual, the sound technician was spot on and our scheduled 30-minute prep time was a mere five. After checking my lapel mic, he headed back to the
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