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Finding Sanctuary in Jesus

“Christ is our sanctuary and we can go to Him wherever we are.” Today Stacy talks with author, speaker, and teacher, Denise Hughes, about cultivating a quiet heart in a noisy and demanding world. Listen in as she walks us through examples of sanctuary in the Bible and where to be cautious in our online culture that could draw us away from closeness with God and the ones we love.

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Rest in God's presenceScriptures

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NLT

They made the bronze basin and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Exodus 38:8 NIV

Then the word of the LORD came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.’” 1 Kings 17:8-14 NIV

But He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a severe famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.” Luke 4:24-26 NASB


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Denise J. Hughes is a teacher at heart. She connects with women through inspiring stories and biblically-based messages that meet women right where they’re at in everyday life. Her newest book Sanctuary is a 31-day devotional that helps women find true peace among the noise, busyness, and pressures of life. With an M.A. in English, Denise has taught college composition and she currently writes for the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries. Denise lives with her husband and three kids in North Carolina, where she always finds time for old books, peach tea, and a good football game.