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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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In This Season of Lies, Where Are the Truth Sayers? ?>

In This Season of Lies, Where Are the Truth Sayers?

Amidst unrevealed tax returns, deleted emails and hidden agendas of this day, cynicism beckons. It woos to rule our choices, govern our emotions and direct our attention. And if we’re not careful, we will fall prey. We can’t escape the constant chatter over the 2016 US Presidential election. We hear it at work, on TV and from friends and family. The incessant media dialogue promotes an around-the-clock doomsday fear. It’s a vortex not easily escaped. TWO EXTREMES If you ever wonder…

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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 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 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 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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How Every Believer Can Live in Freedom NOW ?>

How Every Believer Can Live in Freedom NOW

It’s simple to react positively to the joyful occasions. But we must be attentive when disappointment comes and realize that the event itself and our reaction to it can create an emotional and spiritual wound, forming a wedge between ourselves and others – including God. In John 16:33, we are promised many trials and sorrows on this earth. But without guidance, protection and peace from the One who has overcome, we can be trapped by hurts, wounds and dashed expectations, resulting in…

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