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The 365 Plan

365 Plan with Nicole Smithee blog

When I first began following Jesus, a youth worker at my local church handed me a Bible and a devotional called “10 Challenges of a World Changer” by Ron Luce. She encouraged me to find time everyday to read the devotional and the corresponding Bible passages, and to expect God to speak to me as I did these two simple things. That began my decades long love-affair with the Word of God. Over the years, my practice of daily devotions…

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

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  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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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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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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