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How Surrendering to Accountability Brought Me to Thanksgiving ?>

How Surrendering to Accountability Brought Me to Thanksgiving

I’ve discovered that people naturally cringe at the thought of being accountable. It requires vulnerability, participation, engagement, and ultimately, results. However, in my quest to embrace accountability and all of its implications, I’ve found a freeing grace that lives just beyond my willingness to accept it. You may not know it, but accountability and thanksgiving go hand in hand. As long as I can remember, I’ve had a giddy enthusiasm for fall. It’s the time of year when the thermometer…

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How to Respond When Emotions Make You Crazy ?>

How to Respond When Emotions Make You Crazy

In recent months, my husband and I have differed in opinion on a certain topic. The thing is, I hid my feelings from him, harboring my thoughts and nursing an attitude I couldn’t quite identify. It felt familiar, yet the source was elusive. Thankfully, clarity came one morning through the hot blast of a blow dryer. Once upon a time there was this little girl… When I was around eleven, I had an intense conversation with my sister. It was more…

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How to Rescue Yourself from an Emotional Island ?>

How to Rescue Yourself from an Emotional Island

For weeks now, an unwelcomed cloak of “what’s the point” has weighed on me. I’ve analyzed it, tried to study its origin and have given it free reign in my brain. But today, I’ve had a welcomed breakthrough. Fraternizing with the Enemy That was my first mistake – I entertained it. At first glance I should have sent that gloom-and-doom oppressor packing. Instead, I got distracted by problem solving. I had a mental flow chart mapping out its step-by-step progression. And that was wrong…

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Go From Self-Critical to Worthy with One Simple Belief ?>

Go From Self-Critical to Worthy with One Simple Belief

During my senior year of high school, my class chose me to be Student County Commissioner for a Day. Students from each area school participated in a live session to discuss county affairs. We deliberated on budget issues, permit requests and various county matters. I didn’t see it then, but the Lord used that experience to speak to me about His calling in my life. Mustering courage is tough on your own. I was honored to take part in that…

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How to Make the Past Your Best Faith Asset ?>

How to Make the Past Your Best Faith Asset

One summer in the late 1970’s, a swarm of locusts blanketed my neighborhood. My eight-year-old eyes were amazed at their massive numbers. Three and a half decades later, God used that memory to prove His restorative power to me. THE AFTERMATH There wasn’t a single piece of vegetation those bugs didn’t gnaw to shreds. Gardenias, azaleas, honeysuckle vine leaves – they feasted on them all. That year, we had some shabby shrubbery. It was after the locusts left town fat…

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How Spreading My Tech Wings Exposed a New Faith Opportunity ?>

How Spreading My Tech Wings Exposed a New Faith Opportunity

Can I just be honest here for a second? I’ve done something new this week – something many people my age began doing years ago (I’m a late bloomer) – and it’s had me, well, in a terrible twit. To understand the grandeur of this move, you need to know that “new” (that is, change of any kind) and I have a hard time warming up to each other. “New” has the inside scoop, and I’m left in the dark…

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The Truth about Uncertainty and How to Overcome It ?>

The Truth about Uncertainty and How to Overcome It

If I ask you to recall a pivotal moment in your life, I bet you could come up with a few. One second, your thoughts and expectations flowed in one direction, and suddenly your mental trajectory took a 90° swing, or even 180°. What causes that? What has the power to upend us in such a way? The truth is, it’s all around us. We can’t get away from this perspective-shifting, emotion-riling element. You already know what it is – it’s…

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Why the New Year is Not Always the Best Time for Resolutions ?>

Why the New Year is Not Always the Best Time for Resolutions

As of December 31st, 2015, I still had not made a New Year’s resolutions. Not one. And while hearing so many others sharing their dreams and vision, it became clear that mine were drifting out to sea as I stood watching. Me, the girl who thrives within plans and processes had not come up with a single heading, Roman numeral or bullet point. Though I have will power to spare when it comes to staying the course and seeing things…

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When a Shaky Heart Loses Faith to Stand ?>

When a Shaky Heart Loses Faith to Stand

While driving to work one day last week – it was Tuesday – I had no reason to suspect it wouldn’t be like every other morning’s commute. I drove the same roads, passed the same neighborhoods and schools and crossed the same train tracks that occasionally interject an unwelcomed delay. As I neared the final intersection before reaching my workplace, I didn’t know that in mere moments, lives would be forever changed. When approaching that intersection from the side road, it’s a…

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Finding Sufficient Courage in the Darkest Days of Marriage ?>

Finding Sufficient Courage in the Darkest Days of Marriage

Maybe things will work out, change, be different. And maybe soon. Maybe he’ll be who I need him to be, and I will be someone who’s good for him. Maybe. Just maybe? Never did I think I would become one of many in the vast sea of divorcees. I didn’t tuck the option in my vail as a backup plan while walking down the aisle. But I, we, also didn’t take precautions to safeguard our hearts from this devourer. And…

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