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Lord, I Want To Be More Like You

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Written by Samantha Decker for QSBC Women Lord, I Want to Be More Like You What comes to mind when you hear the word “spiritual disciplines”? Do you instantly run in the opposite direction? Are you filled with shame or disappointment, feeling like you don’t quite measure up?...

What Can We Do When Division Surrounds Us?

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Written by Samantha Decker for QSBC Women “I feel like every aspect of my life is marked by division,” my friend said as we sat sipping coffee on her couch. I wanted to disagree and to point out markers of unity both in her life and the world around us, but at the moment, the weight...

Have You Been In The Word Today?

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Written by Samantha Decker for QSBC Women “Have you been in the Word today?” my friend gently and lovingly asked after listening to me talk (aka complain) about my day. I had been easily frustrated and annoyed by my children, anxious about a potential work client, jealous of my...

The Importance of Biblical Community

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Written by Samantha Decker for QSBC Women I heard the buzz, picked up my phone, and saw these words come through the group text: “My dad just lost his battle with cancer. I need y’all.”  Within minutes, the replies started flowing in. “I’ll start a meal...

This is Still Hard, and God is Still Faithful

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Written by Samantha Decker for QSBC Women Over and over the words, “this is still hard” seasoned the conversation. As I sat among a group of women listening to each one share stories and experiences from recent days, this seemed to emerge as the common theme. For the most part, the...

A Call to Abide

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I scrubbed the last dirty dish, hung up another load of unending laundry, and confirmed the kids were (finally) asleep. As the last sun rays of the day beamed through our window, I sat down next to my husband on the couch. Instantly, I started verbally processing the day, going over to-do lists...

Letting Your Grain of Wheat Fall

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Written by Samantha Decker for QSBC Women After what felt like endless weeks of cold weather, the sun emerged, the temperature rose, and I excitedly loaded the family in the car to drive to the park. As we walked the trails everything looked brown and dead, but as we looked closer, we began to...

We Do the Hard Work

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Written by Samantha Decker for QSBC Women Exhausted but determined, I carefully placed one of the few remaining stones along the edge of our flower bed. I looked up at my husband and saw a sly but gentle “I told you so” look in his eyes. What I thought would be a simple afternoon...

Lacking One Thing

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Written by Samantha Decker for QSBC Women Excitedly, I loaded up the kids, packed snacks, and headed out of the house (which was a big deal at the start of a global pandemic) to get my grocery pick-up order knowing this meant I could get groceries with no hassle, no unneeded purchases, and no...