Author: Mandy Fender

Called To Be Chosen

Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Chosen. It’s a word we all want to be. I remember playing during recess and the kids wanting to do a ‘school yard pick’ for soccer which I was not very good at. As they called on other kids and the list dwindled down, I was picked, last. I was just happy to play and jumped at the chance to get on the field when they called my name. Even though I was picked in a different way than what I wanted, I still wanted to play and that...

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Uncompromising Faith

  Uncompromising, Unshakeable, Unrelenting, Unmoving, Undistracted, Unafraid, Unfeigned – this is the type of faith I want. I need it. I crave it. Yet, I am human and sometimes placing these words in front of my faith is hard. And sometimes it seems downright impossible because what I see with my eyes, and what I hear with my ears, and what I feel is so far from okay. But the truth is I can do all things through Christ. In my weakness HE is strong. I can not walk by what I see, hear, or feel. I must walk...

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Let Hope Speak

I may never be a New York Times bestselling author. I may never sell 1 million copies of my books. I may never see all my dreams come true. But one thing I know I will never do…for sure…is give up hope. Hope says that I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Hope says nothing shall be impossible to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Hope says mountains can be moved. I used to say often, “I don’t want to get my hopes up.” But isn’t that what hope is, getting...

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The Lie of “You’re Not Enough”

When I was a young girl, probably five or six, I remember playing with my friend whose mom just so happened to own the daycare we were at. It was nap time and my friend always stayed up. I tried to do the same. A daycare worker quickly intervened, held me by the arm, bent down, and said, “You’re not special. Get to your nap mat, now!” All I heard was: You’re. Not. Special. To me, those three words morphed into so many more. Not enough. A nothing. A no one. Not. Important. I was young and those words...

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How Will You Use Me Today?

One morning I woke up and thought about one word – purpose. How many days do I wake up and not fulfill my God-given purpose? How many days do I just go round and round on the hamster-wheel of life? If you’re not careful, you’ll get stuck in the mundane and the routine instead of living out your life as God would have you to. It is important that we do not hide from opportunity and purpose, because with God, both are always there. There is a song that I worship to that says, “It’s His breath in our...

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