Posts by Renee Dugan

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Helmed with Salvation

by Renee Dugan

There are a lot of things we can live without, but we can’t live without a head. Unless you’re fighting a hydra, the general consensus in battle is that the head is a pretty good target to aim for. It’s one of the surest ways to incapacitate your opponent. You don’t even have to knock […]

Shielded With Trust

by Renee Dugan

When I was fairly young, one of my favorite movies was Braveheart. I remember sitting in rapt attention on the living room floor, stuffed horse gripped to my chest, watching the scene when the Scotsmen taunted their English enemies and then promptly retreated from the reciprocating storm of arrows behind a shell of wooden shields. […]

Shod with Readiness & Peace

by Renee Dugan

It’s a sound we all know well: the crash, the musical tinkling of shattering glass, and the very, very delicate cleanup of the mess in the wake of a broken dish or wineglass. Most of us won’t make it through our entire lives without breaking something, and when we do, for the most part we’ll […]

Plated with Righteousness

by Renee Dugan

No matter how tough we try to be, underneath, we are all soft, squishy people. I remember being a little kid thinking my rough-n’-tough dad was literally impenetrable. It took me a while to realize that as stern stuff as my dad is made of, he bleeds like anyone. And the same is true for […]

Belted with Truth

by Renee Dugan

My husband is the master of the work aesthetic. He always makes sure he’s dressed for success, no matter what the task is. I’ve always admired how put-together he is for the occasion, from hat to shoes to belt. Always gotta remember the belt! And he’s right about that, because it’s important that he has […]

Put on the Armor

by Renee Dugan

In past entries of this blog, we’ve looked at the emphasis placed on the “put off/put on” command—to rid ourselves daily of the “old man” sin nature that was once our garment and put on the heavenly attire of the “new man” nature in Christ. But there’s actually a second “put on” command, just as […]

Once Darkness, Now Light

by Renee Dugan

For most Christians, it is no secret that our lives began in darkness and will end in light. While there are those, like myself, who have been born again for so long and from such an early time in life that we don’t really comprehend a time before we lived in the light of Christ’s […]

To the Praise of His Glory

by Renee Dugan

More than a few Christians I’ve talked to over the years have struggled with understanding just what is truly asked of us when we’re called to “praise” or “worship” God. When the Bible tells us we’ll be worshiping God to the ages of the ages, does that meant just one giant Hillsong concert in Heaven? […]

What the Body Does, It Does to Itself

by Renee Dugan

Sometimes, I seriously wish I could eat a whole bucket of sugary chocolate desserts and have them just affect my tastebuds—not my pancreas or my stomach or my brain, who don’t handle sugar super well. Wouldn’t it be totally awesome if we could pick and choose what parts of our body are affected by the […]

To Walk Worthy

by Renee Dugan

When I was in sixth grade—the only year I went to public school—I earned an award in my Language Arts class. It was called the Edger Allen Poe Award for Excellence, and it was given to the most promising young writer in the grade. In the eyes of most, it probably wasn’t the most prestigious […]