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    Natalie Grant Working on New Music

    CCM/worship artist and five-time Dove Award female vocalist of the year Natalie Grant has announced her return to the studio and is officially working on new music. “And so it begins…. #inthestudio #newmusic #Iknowitsabouttime,” states a recent post. Grant, whose last full-length album was 2015’s successful Be One, released a single last month with rapper Steven Malcolm. “The truth in this song is key. Our circumstances do not dictate our God. So when the enemy tries to silence you, speak God’s truth out loud and sing EVEN LOUDER! Because when you lift your voice, Heaven comes to earth,” the singer says of “Even Louder.” Click here to stream the single. Follow Natalie on Instagram here for continued updates.

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    Name Your Thirst

    Whenever I ask a man to make a list of what his soul is thirsty for, I may as well be speaking Cantonese. Early in my own healing journey, my counselor encouraged me to talk about my longings. It was like trying to describe gravity. So to give men a place to start, I explain that people generally share seven core thirsts. Though this list is not exhaustive, it offers a straightforward way for you to begin to put words to what lies below the surface of your life: Attention—I long for people to like me. I long for your embrace. Affection—I long to be enjoyed. I long to be…

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    Bacon With A Side Of Regret

    I hadn’t seen my parents in three months – so clearly a celebration was in order when they made it out last week! One of the things I love about Nashville is the food selection. I am surrounded by some pretty awesome spots, each with their own unique flare. I apparently used this visit as an opportunity to completely erase all knowledge of health from my memory. We went out to eat once – sometimes twice – a day. As I’ve mentioned plenty of times before, I’m an all-or-nothing kind of gal so you can imagine the gluttony that took place. If it wasn’t burgers smothered in cheese and bacon…

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    Flying Diamonds

    Have you ever met those people that seem to have it all together? Not the ones that pretend to have the perfect life to cover up their insecurities, I mean the genuine people. The ones that are kind to others, confident in who they are, and successful in pursuing their passions. Oftentimes we kind of write them off, don’t we? Somehow the fact that they have “it all together” makes them some sort of mystical creature in a class of their own. If we are all born with the same instincts, the same basic needs, and into the same world – what is it that separates us from them? Inhibition.…

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    Risking Mediocrity

    I love listening to motivational speeches. When I’m getting ready in the morning, when I’m cleaning, when I’m doing cardio – ok especially then (talk about needing motivation). Today’s theme seemed to be about taking risks. I must have listened to at least five talks today and they all shared this topic in some way. Let’s be clear – not all risks are equal! The risks that I am referring to are those dreams and ideas that stir inside of you – the steps and opportunities that seem crazy or even impossible. We serve a God that is over the top. He knows what we are truly capable of (he…

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    Stomping On Landmines

    “A miracle can happen now, for the Spirit of the Lord is here…” We repeated this bridge over and over in church tonight. You know how that goes; the first few times you are deep in worship. Hands raised, eyes closed…then about the sixth time, one eye opens. You start looking around as you continue to repeat the same line. Are they going to sing another line? Maybe another song? As much as I love that song, I was about to have one of these moments when it hit me – A miracle can happen now. The reality of this statement is mind-blowing – don’t miss it. We are so…

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    Hopelessly Ever After

    Hopeless romantic. This person sees the world with rose-colored glasses. They love the thought of love. Every scenario plays out like a scene from a romantic comedy. Even when things go wrong, their imagination can spin it as a plot twist as they anxiously await the happy ending. Something as simple as hearing birds singing can launch them into daydreams. Hi, my name is Emily. I’m a hopeless romantic. I was thinking about this term the other day. Hopeless? Thanks. Couldn’t we say something like “optimistic romantic” instead? Hopeless seems better fitted for a pessimist, not someone who is always imagining the best in a situation. In fact, hopeless romantics…