Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

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  1. Denise,
    That is a great and worthy goal to have in the year ahead…one I share with you. I, too, want to pursue “a long obedience in the same direction”! May we all hold each other accountable so that we aren’t running the race alone…but together. Beautiful!

    • I love that Bev…”we aren’t running the race alone.” Amen!

      Also, I want to say “thank you” for all your sweet words of encouragement this year after the Sunday devos. I am deeply grateful for you. xo ~Denise

      • You’re welcome…thank you for all the insightful Sunday devotionals…they’ve been very uplifting and encouraging!! xo

  2. I am looking forward to a fresh start in this new year. I’m looking forward to more opportunities to share God’s love with those around me.

    Thank you for your writing this. We can all use a little reminder.

  3. Denise,
    I’m looking forward to peace. more inner peace and less angst. Want to be more loving, calm and peaceful. Run the race God has set before me and forgive myself of ALL past mistakes.
    Blessings 🙂

  4. Hi Denise,
    I want to be more intentional at helping others, rather than just ask what I can do for someone in crisis. When someone is in hard times, I hope to take action by making a meal, picking up groceries, walking the dog, cleaning a home, mowing a lawn, or providing a ride to the doctor’s appointment or bank.
    Acts 20:35 By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must
    help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”


  5. Such simple truth! Obedience isn’t quite as flashy as big and glamorous goals or a 10 step promise. Faithfulness and steadfastness don’t get nearly the airtime, but I’m convinced this is where it is at. Thank you for this beautiful reminder!

  6. Thank you for this opportunity to refocus. I’m a mess trying to form do-able resolutions, and need to be reminded that God doesn’t set out to do “do-able” things through my life! I can’t make a goal to accomplish a feat I don’t have the ability to foresee! Instead, my word for 2016 is obedience. Obedience to head the Spirit’s tug on my heart… Obedience to do the work … To stay in the Word … To offer what I have to God everyday and follow His leading on what is to be done with it. I trained for a marathon last year… I know obedience. It’s hard. This year, I want to be obedient in training for the race that ends in Jesus’ embrace.
    Happy New Year!

  7. I’m looking forward to a happier 2016. My brother has cancer and my mom had a stroke in August. I lost my job in August and my ex broke up with me on Christmas Eve. I feel so overwhelmed and heartbroken.

    • Jamie, these things you are experiencing are not small. They are huge storms. It is not surprising that you feel sad and maybe a little scared. (Am I right about the scared part?) But God is still with you. He has not gone off on vacation. Watch for Him. In times like these you may find Him in moments that seem small, but when you have passed through you will see that they were, oh, so beautiful and oh, so rich. He is holding your hand. He will not let go. I will pray for you. Others will pray for you.

        • Yes, this is living on this planet and in this life, but because of God’s goodness and resources you will mend. Probably not today. But it will happen. Also don’t be afraid to mend; it is not a betrayal of the ones we love to find peace and joy again.

    • Jamie, I’m so sorry for all you’re experiencing right now. It’s normal to grieve such losses. Your feelings are real. I pray you’ll sense His presence in these moments and hold fast to Him. He is our hope.

    • Jamie,
      Sweet sister in Christ. Lean on Him. Lean into Him. You have more to endure than is plausible for the human heart to survive… From a human perspective. Ditch it! And survive on God’s perspective. In Him and through Him all things and all healing is possible. I pray strength into your heart today. I pray that one step at a time, you will feel the Son shine on your face each day… And know that He loves you immensely. I wish you peace in 2016, dear gal. Hang in there!
      Happy Wednesday!

  8. Denise, thanks for your post on moving forward in obedience to God’s word and the race He has set before us. What a massive topic! I am experiencing that the more often I ask God in prayer to be able to do ‘His will for today’ – I am slowly but surely experiencing the peace and contentment that is rightfully ours to enjoy. At the age of 58 I look back over my life and am amazed at how God has ‘protected me all the days of my life’… His love, patience and endurance with me is the ultimate example to follow. And He has given us each other♥️
    Worshipping ♥️ in this moment.

    • Yvonne, thank you for sharing these words. I agree…it is truly amazing to see how God’s hand has been with me all along — even in the midst of the most painful of circumstances.