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Say So With Your Life ?>

Say So With Your Life

While in a doctor’s office recently, I overheard a conversation between two elderly gentlemen. Was I eavesdropping? Technically, yes. But in my heart I know it was God-inspired, God-approved and God-directed because my life could never have been touched in the way it was by any other means. In that waiting room I witnessed one illustration of what being restored to the Father looks like on this earth. I witnessed how God uses peoples’ lives to reveal layers of His…

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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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Ultimate Messages of Hope Right When You Need Them ?>

Ultimate Messages of Hope Right When You Need Them

A friend texted me today with despairing news. I scoured my memory for words to relieve her heart. And for a moment, I was at a loss. But then the words emerged. Come to find out, I had been looking for them in the wrong place. Tool Time Every moment represents need. Heartbreak, tragedy and loss are no discriminators of men. Within it all lies opportunity to share hope – the only Hope of the world. We just need the right…

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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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Finding the Baby Boy in the Bustle of the Season ?>

Finding the Baby Boy in the Bustle of the Season

This year is different. Yes, I can tell this Christmas season is not the same as years past. My larger-than-life expectations of people, get-togethers and things are more smallish, less daunting. After many years of shelling out my time and energy for the disappointing and inconsequential, I feel the Lord defragmenting my attention and creating wholeness so my heart-eyes can settle on the Baby Boy. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the…

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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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FORGIVENESS: Discovering Freedom ?>

FORGIVENESS: Discovering Freedom

My dad was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago. Sadly, so many can relate to that feeling of having the wind knocked out of you at the sound of such news. When this reality pierces the bubble of our seemingly invincible world, our paradigm shifts. Very quickly, the inconsequential is weeded out, leaving the truly valuable remaining. This holds true even when estrangement is involved. Dad’s words and actions crushed my spirit very early on, and I carried unforgiveness…

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12 Authentic Ways to Be Known By Your Faith ?>

12 Authentic Ways to Be Known By Your Faith

In a world obsessed with appearances and good impressions, I’ve been known to sip the Kool-Aid and play the game a time or two. Maybe three. Or fifty-gazillion – but no more than that. Recently I was thinking about what I would like to be known for. Or better yet, what God would have me be known for. Is it that I’m polished, savvy and have my act together? Yes, that’s it! No, that’s not it. Because I’ve realized I’d rather be known for…

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