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Who Runs the World? A Mother’s Day Message and FREE 7-Day Devotional

nicole smithee and mom

  Where would I be without my mom?  She taught me to tie my shoes, slay my own dragons and dream big.  She kissed me goodnight and tucked me in tight so the beds bugs wouldn’t bite.  She taught me my letters and colors and numbers and words.  She placed a band-aid over every scrape and cut.  She baked Christmas sugar cookies with me and sewed all my Halloween costumes.  She drew flowers and balloons and rainbows with me on…

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Life In the Fast Lane: Lessons Learned Over the Last Few Months

Nicole Smithee

Life has been happening fast these days, and the last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind of wonder and work, and well, a lot of other things. It wasn’t that long ago that I stood in front of my closest friends and family and said, “I do” to the man I love.  It wasn’t that long ago that I packed up a dozen or so boxes and said goodbye to my quiet Brooklyn apartment to move into…

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Unconditional: Experiencing Love Without Stipulations

Nicole Smithee

I think we all understand that to know and experience love is the great need of the human soul.  It is the noble pursuit written about and talked about and sung about throughout the ages.  But conversations around love often feel a bit vague and mysterious.  Many times, we are still left with the question: what is love? Because people do a lot of things in the name of love…  People exchange wedding vows in the name of love, but…

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The Struggle Is Real: Wrestling with God for a New Name

Nicole Smithee

  I’ve been reading my Bible by following a You Version One Year Bible Plan… and earlier this year, I became madly in love again with the book of Genesis- it’s filled with tales of humanity lost and struggling and God making a path for His lost ones to reunite with Him. It’s brutal and bold and barbaric and elegant and miraculous and messy all in one. But perhaps what fascinates me the most about Genesis is that with every…

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Following the Following: The Dark Side of the Celebrity Obsession

Nicole Smithee

  When I was a little girl I watched the action thriller Speed starring a young Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.  (I was probably too young to watch an R-rated movie at the time, but we’ll skip over that small detail.)  Not only did it leave me with a fear of public transportation, but it also left me with a newfound dream – to one day become the next Sandra Bullock.  She was cool. She was quirky.  She was smart.…

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