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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 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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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 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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