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Posts by Cole Smith

A One-Word Experience

Something happened to me in January. I had a God-moment. Doesn’t that term make you cringe a little? Like, duh, all moments are His, aren’t they all God moments? But this is one area where our incredible English language fails us. Equally inadequate is “spiritual experience.” A quick scroll through Instagram will reveal that anything…

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Lean Into the Unexpected

Packing for vacation, the fear creeps in, settling in my over-night bag alongside my toothbrush. “Hope we don’t have a car crash. I’d hate for anyone to see our messy house, and have to sort through all this clutter.” I expect it, that thought. It comes nearly every time I’m preparing to go out of…

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Fasting by Failing

Three lessons from an unexpected change

In West Virginia, it’s possible to total your car not only by hitting a deer, but by stopping for a deer and having someone else hit it into you… So after hitching a ride with the tow truck, I saw through the window of the body shop, a small Volkswagen for sale in my mechanic’s…

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Renewed Each Morning

I could never find enough time with Him during the day. I’d hear other people mention their “quiet time” or “prayer closet”, and feel a pang of guilt—and envy. ‘I should be doing that’, I thought. But the stillness never seemed to arrive once I started my daily routines. Even the weekends filled with errands…

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