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Jan
16

Could You Use Some Extra Strength?

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imagesCould you use some extra strength today? Next week? This year? There is a way to find it.

We all understand that our physical body can be strengthened through exercise and nutrition, through getting focused on making good choices one day at a time, over and over and over until we can tangibly experience the results of those changes. But how often we fail to strengthen our spiritual life!

Now I know that some of you felt weary and tired when you even considered the idea of strengthening your spiritual life. You have tried that before and ended up crashing somewhere like a rocket that ran out of fuel.

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Jul
16

Your True Heart is Your New Heart

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handheart For so many years of my life, I had a core belief that my heart was desperately wicked and if given the wrong opportunity, I would choose death instead of life. When I began to discover the truth that my heart was indeed good because I was in Christ, I moved away from a mindset of shame and guilt and have become increasingly free to be who I really am, a woman who loves God and loves others and loves myself.

What do you believe about your heart?

When you pause to consider who you really are, do you hear a voice whispering that you are a failure? A person whose heart is evil? Do you see your heart as a large chunk of real estate that is roped off as condemned?

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Jan
02

My 5 Most Popular Blogs of 2013

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My Most Popular Blogs of 2013

Thanks to all of you who take time to read my blogs. I truly am honored and appreciate your private messages, comments, and Facebook shares.  I thought you might enjoy this list of my 5 most popular blogs of 2013. Happy reading and Happy New Year!

 
1.  1. Holding Mom’s Hand 


2.  2. A Tribute to My Daughter 


3.  3. Finding Strength and Grace When I am Overwhelmed
 
 
4.  4. Unplugged 


5.  5. The 5 Most Important Relational Truths I’ve Learned in the Last 5 Years 
 
 

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Nov
29

The Garden Party: Pleasing Yourself

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(This blog is part two of The Garden Party. In part one of this blog, I referenced Ricky Nelson’s performance at Madison Square Garden and his inspiration for writing the hit song, Garden Party. Be sure to read part one for the context of this blog.)

While it might sound selfish, after all, pleasing oneself….is that godly? But what if pleasing yourself means that you are listening to your heart? Being comfortable in your own skin? Being authentic? Being who God made you to be? Loving yourself?

Does the sound of that set off alarms in your heart? Yet Jesus clearly told us that we were to love others AS WE LOVE OURSELVES (Mark 12:30-31). What can that possibly mean? Is that self-centered?

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I am a mother. I’ve often wished for a check list like How to Become a Great Parent in Three Easy Steps. I’ve even asked God if He could just spell out every situation specifically. Yet, it doesn’t seem to work that way but with Mother’s Day quickly arriving, I’ve been contemplating my parenting. You know that there is not really any such thing as Three Easy Steps other than crying, Help me God, Help me, God, Help me, God.

My firstborn arrived the week I turned 23. I knew almost nothing about being a mom. Oh, I had read the books, tons of them but I hadn’t even been around a baby in years. Yet I was committed to being a perfect mother.

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