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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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Messages That Spark Movements: Discovering What God Thinks of You

Nicole Smithee and phone

  These days, a quick scroll through Pinterest will likely include clever typography with messages such as, “The Future Is Female”, “A Better Me Is Coming”, “You Are Stronger Than You Know”, “Empowered Women Empower Women”, and “Put On Your Positive Pants”, just to name a few.  I have been greatly encouraged by these increasing messages in a day where women still face sexism, corruption, abuse and injustice. Many men and women throughout history have labored, risked, and pioneered for…

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Scrappy Faith: Pushing Past Limitations

Nicole Smithee and dad

  10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” (Zechariah 4:10 NLT)   I’ve been thinking about this verse a lot recently, probably because I am entering into another season of small beginnings.  Before Ben and I got married, we began dreaming about what we could accomplish together, and dreaming has since become a habit in our home.  We are dreamers, and we’ve never seen our dreams as separate- Ben’s dreams vs. Nicole’s dreams.  By…

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