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Thursday, June 23, 2016

When your striving is a Good thing

Sometimes I get really sick of waiting. Do you? I get impatient, “This should have already happened by now.” Then frustrated, “Errrrr… Why hasn’t this happened?!” Then demanding, “I’m tired of waiting!” Then pitiful, “I’ve worked so hard.” Then self-righteous, “I deserve this.” Then jealous, “Why does he/she have what I must wait on?” The cycle can easily spiral if I forget to remember Who...

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Where Is God In Orlando?

My eleven year-old son and I started driving early Sunday morning, headed east, across Arkansas and Tennessee, in a state of summer bliss. While I spent time with a small group of writer friends, he would join his aunt in Memphis and make a trip to her farm in Mississippi. Country music blared through the speakers as he deejayed. We stopped for snacks;...

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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Best Alternative To All These Distractions

I struggle to still my thoughts. They run amuck like cats among firecrackers, like they have legs and lives of their own. Nine lives maybe, because when I try to capture them they escape like the wind. Which means they’ll be back to bite me again. I get dreadfully distracted. Do you? I don’t like it. It’s complicated. Annoying. Exhausting. It leaves too...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

When You Feel Like a Failure Following Your Dream; Here’s Hope

God will give us success; then we will arise and build. I’d been praying Nehemiah 2:20 every single day for 3 months.  I’d come to dread this hot air prayer because it felt empty and pointless. God had not “given me success” in the area I most craved it and I certainly didn’t feel like I was building much of anything. (The details are...

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Friday, June 3, 2016

When You Feel Like Quitting

Because we all do sometimes right? Feel like quitting. We feel like saying, “Screw it. I’m sick of trying. I’m done.” Maybe saying “we” just makes me feel better. Maybe you are way more cool and collected than I am. Maybe you don’t flail about like a wailing toddler who hasn’t gotten her way.  Maybe you are patient and long-suffering and perpetually grateful...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Purpose May Be In The One Place You’ve Overlooked

Trees lined the cliffs above me as I descended into the river valley on the ATV. I pulled up to a scene that warmed me the way a moment can when it has your full attention. My husband was standing in the field among clods of soil with his hand on his hip looking just like his dad used to. My eleven year...

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