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Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday. Bad Decision.

I was avoiding the inevitable. My iPhone was hot in my hand as I clung to the covers. I held it under my pillow and squeezed the side button to snooze it each time the alarm went off. I didn’t want to get up for my morning quiet time because I didn’t want to hear the same crickets serenading a decision I’d been trying to make....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

You can’t believe everything you hear.

You know that thing you’ve always heard is true about you? Maybe it’s not.   My son started 6th grade at a very unique school in the fall. They follow the college model. Students attend class two days a week to get instruction, receive assignments, and take tests. They work at home the other three days to follow up their learning. It gives a...

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Friday, November 25, 2016

When you want to quit, it’s a sign something needs to change.

It was just last Saturday, warmish and sunny outside but cold and gray on my insides. I put my headset on and joined the call. My friends couldn’t see me, but I sat, shoulders slumped, at a rustic kitchen table in a cabin near the woods. Neither the idyllic setting nor my group of wonderful writer friends could distract me from the demon I’d been fighting....

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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, May 20, 2016

10 Ways To Examine Your Life (If You’re Into That Sort Of Thing)

I have a confession to make. It’s really weird. (Or at least I would have thought it was if you told me you were doing it.) Ready? (You may or may not suddenly imagine Charlton Heston as you read this.) I’ve started reading the 10 commandments out loud every morning. I bet you’ll have one of three reactions to that statement. “How archaic and weird.” “Oh...

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Some Small Things You Don’t Do- If You Want A Big Life

I used to think BIG changes happened in BIG chunks. Since I didn’t have BIG chunks of… time, money, smarts or self-confidence… I placated myself by saying, “Big changes are overrated. I’m fine without them.” Secretly, I’d see someone else experiencing a “big change” I wanted in my own life and turn all green and grinchy inside. I would continually make excuses as to why other...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Unsubscribe From Lists You Don’t LOVE (Even If It’s This One)

Let’s face it. The internet will eat your lunch (and breakfast and dinner) if you let it. Taking in the rising flood of information feels like trying to drink from a fire hydrant. And it’s not just coming at us and stopping. We are urged to do something with it- read; write a review; subscribe; share; fill out a survey; click; like;...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why You Can Commit To Living An Awesome Life

If you would have been sitting there with me all those times, you would have seen it, too. Simply amazing… The transformation- her body from damaged to redeemed; his heart from cowardly to courageous; her soul from shame-wrought to worthiness; his thoughts from suicidal to sound; her faith from deep doubt to total trust; his life from panicked to peaceful; her journey from captivity to freedom; his parenting from neglected to connected; her...

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Friday, February 12, 2016

How To Win The War Over Self-Condemnation

God made us to be awesome, but it doesn’t always feel that way does it? Problems block our path and trap us. Often, one of our biggest obstacles isn’t outside of us, but within us. We are held hostage by self-condemnation. But we don’t have to be. We can absolutely find freedom when we are willing to face the monster head on. If you’re...

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Friday, January 22, 2016

How To Stop Worrying and Start Winning in Life

Take a moment to consider your day. Has your stomach churned? Your heart raced? Have your shoulders seized up like there’s an orangutan on your back? That full body clench that comes from clutching the hot wire of worry. Yuck. I get it. AND… Worry doesn’t move your life along. It just keeps you stuck. Imagine your favorite vehicle, decked out and detailed. You’re cruising along,...

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