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Stepping Stones Week 10

Hello, friends!

For years, crockpot cooking was a great way to feed our large family. Just eight to ten hours on low and we could enjoy hot delicious soups on cold winter nights. I was sure that nothing could be better, until a friend introduced me to the Instant Pot. With high heat and pressure, ten-hour cooking times are reduced to thirty minutes and even the toughest meat becomes tender.

NCFCA Christian Speech & Debate invites students to a safe pressure cooking environment that not only develops communication skills, but also forms godly character. If you’re starting to feel the heat and pressure, take heart and know that even now, God is shaping you in preparation for your unique purpose.

James 1:2-4 reminds us, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

In His Grace,

Amy Joy Tofte

NCFCA Director of Education

A note to parents and coaches: Students are not the only ones in the safe pressure cooker. Thankfully, God continues to shape us through this activity too. If the heat and the pressure get too intense, don’t forget the pressure release valve called prayer. We can ask God to finish the work that He has started in our students and in us. I Peter 4:12-13 encourages, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”

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