How to Win Life’s Race Free From Burdens ?>

How to Win Life’s Race Free From Burdens

Kids think moms were created for the sole purpose of lugging around large containers filled with all of their stuff. They have an innate confidence that whatever they need or want, Mom’s got it. And they like to add things to the cache as they go. Do you need one more Lego? Here, I’ve got one. A marshmallow? Check the zipper pocket in my bag. Sure, I have room right here for your science project. Let me just move over…

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How to be Completely Whole in a Broken World ?>

How to be Completely Whole in a Broken World

This past week I was one of three ladies scheduled to bring dinner for our weekly small group. I signed up weeks before and had dreaded it ever since. Not because I don’t want to participate or do my part. Let’s just say I am culinarilly challenged and I’m doing my Christin service by not putting those nice people through any of my food faux pas. Thankfully, I was assigned to bring fruit. Fruit – I can do fruit, right?…

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How to Secure Your Faith in Life Storms ?>

How to Secure Your Faith in Life Storms

A strange bug clung to my windshield as I left work earlier this week. It was the kind that looked like it would fit right in with a bunch of straw and leaves. Unfortunately for him, I didn’t notice it was there until I was on the highway. Fortunately for me, I gained some perspective from his brave journey. HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE For ease of reading, I’ll refer to my bug friend as Angus (a Celtic name that…

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How Easter Actually Transforms Struggles Into Opportunities ?>

How Easter Actually Transforms Struggles Into Opportunities

I was about seven years old when the father of a friend walked past me at the Kmart in Homewood, Alabama. “Hi Becki,” he said warmly as he walked by. Instead of saying, “Hi Mr. So-and-so, how are you?” I froze with fear. For me to speak words was like giving permission for someone to know me. And I couldn’t allow that. Without saying a word, I ran and hid. Little did I know, I wasn’t hiding at all. SCHLEPPING…

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Why We Remember Where We’ve Been ?>

Why We Remember Where We’ve Been

Four years ago the Lord pierced my perception with the truth of His reality. Until then, I thought I was a Christian on my way to heaven, and I professed to be one. But in retrospect, I didn’t know Him – the Christ, the Way. But God changed my course on a May day in 2012 and gave me reason to remember where I’d been. “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes…

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Why Spoken Words Aren’t Always True ?>

Why Spoken Words Aren’t Always True

Yesterday, an old memory glided from a faraway corner into a more brightly lit place. It stayed for a while, so I entertained it. As I did, it impressed on me a new gist I’d never considered concerning words. Have you ever had your feet fly right out from under you? As I think about my airborne experience, it seems more like an episode of The Three Stooges meets Road Runner and Wiley Coyote – a slapstick cartoon portraying an…

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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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What is Your Part in the Nativity Story? ?>

What is Your Part in the Nativity Story?

In my heart-crave for a Christ-filled Christmas, I have to resist pointing a disapproving finger in my own direction for not measuring up to seasonal standards. Do this; don’t do that. Share this; don’t share that. Show gratitude this way; don’t show it that way. Praise God this way; don’t praise Him that way. And I writhe to rouse myself from this rivalry ruse! While taking in Luke’s account of the Christmas story, God faithfully pointed His finger in the…

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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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How to Give Thanks When You Don’t Know How ?>

How to Give Thanks When You Don’t Know How

The Thanksgiving holiday has always reminded me of this: thankfulness is hard. Those words sting to say, and I bet it’s offensive to hear. But for me, I confess it has been the truth. Thankfully, God can work with truth. With that, I journey into thankfulness. Off to a Bad Start When I say thankfulness is hard, I mean I’ve been long trapped by the web of “what if” lies. What if my thankfulness is rejected? What if I never…

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