Tragic Inevitability

Carrie Givens Devotional

I was listening to a podcast recently in which Reed Arvin, a music producer, best-selling author, and college professor, referenced an idea that is key to storytelling: the concept of tragic inevitability. Arvin describes the concept thus: “When the story reaches a point in which you are committed to a tragedy. If you do anything else at the end, it’s …

The Transformed Politician

Tim Briggs Devotional, Faith & Work

I want to tell you a story about a politician. Don’t roll your eyes, it’s a good story! This politician grew up in the church but when he was in his 20s he had a spiritual awakening. It was at this time that he first understood the gospel. Transformed from within, he began wrestling with God’s call on his life. …

White as Snow

Carrie Givens Devotional

As the snow fell last week, I saw an abundance of snowy day photos on my social media news feeds. I saw friends walking through the woods, the bare tree branches lined with white. The next morning, the sun shone and more photos were posted, with light sparkling across white-spread yards. One of two captions accompanied these photos almost across …

Being Multigenerational

Stewart Fenters Devotional

Being multigenerational is a gift. My son, like many young children, is often obsessed with age. This is a small sampling of the kinds of questions he asks when we are driving around town: How many days old am I? How many seconds have I been alive? Who is the oldest person you know? How old is grandad? You get …

A Barn Story

Sandy Fulginiti Devotional

Everyone loves a good story. This one is near and dear to my heart. It’s about second chances. It’s a story of transformation and it began in an unlikely place nestled in a small North Carolina town. When a young couple went searching for their first home, they came upon a little red farmhouse. On the foreground of the property …

Thank You for Your Intention

Michelle Marsalis Coen Devotional

It was one of those dreary, wet blanket kind of days where there’s no distinction between the sullen grey sky and the rain soaked pavement. From my window seat, I watched the soggy tarmac bustle with activity as I tried to tune out the angry phone conversation taking place in the seat next to me. Already feeling anxious and dreading the short trip ahead, the melancholy atmosphere enhanced …

Dining with the King

Sandy Fulginiti Devotional

Daily we can dine with the King. We set the table but the King fills our plates. He fills them with good things. He is the One that brings all the nourishment needed to thrive, grow and serve. He is the One that generously hands out the portions of Living Water and daily manna from His Word. He is the …

The Rebellious Act of Making Things

Tim Briggs Devotional

This past summer will forever be known as the “Summer of the Path.” Sometime in May I embarked on creating a stone path around the side of my house and while I knew it was a hefty job, I wasn’t prepared for all that I would encounter on the journey. Four months later, after painful, back-breaking work; endless amounts of …

Broken Down

Suzi Kallam Devotional

Car trouble often starts as a small problem. First, your brakes emanate a screeching sound like an injured animal. Then the engine, which once purred like a kitten, resembles a bad tap dance routine.  You notice that the dent near the right front tire, from your latest fender bender, has left giant nicks on the little bit of tread left …