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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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Nov
08

Keep Bleeding Love

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 “You cut me open and I keep, keep bleeding love.”

 Leona Lewis’s recording gave voice to strong sentiment for millions.

“Closed off from love, I didn’t need the pain.
Once or twice was enough, and it was all in vain.
Time starts to pass; before you know it you’re frozen.”

 Leona sings of how she’d cut her heart off from love after being hurt and disappointed in her relationships. As her story continues, she speaks of finding a new love and the risk of becoming vulnerable again.

“But nothing’s greater than the risk that comes with your embrace.
And in this world of loneliness, I see your face.”

Yet the lyrics hint of an unhealthiness in the new relationship. Friends warn her that she’s crazy. She tries to cut off the vein of her love, but yet she keeps bleeding love.

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Jul
19

Divine Surprises

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It’s a most amazing thing to unexpectedly end up in a place and then discover that it was all part of a divine plan of redemption. A set up. An orchestration of God’s making.

When I left work today, I was just so full of wonder at God’s handiwork in my life.

At one time, my pain seemed so overwhelming that I couldn’t see the possibility of redemption or restoration. And now here I am. Satisfied. Content. Fulfilled.

During a time of great loss, I chose to pursue a new career. Really, a new ministry.

Counseling had so significantly changed my life that I found myself desiring to be involved in that process with others. So I signed up, completed the 60 semester hours and an internship, and began a new business.

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Mar
31

Springtime in My Heart

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It’s springtime in Alabama. The world is so green it almost looks unreal. The trees, the flowers, and the grasses reach for the sky, alive again. Winter is displaced by the rushing forces of spring which refuse to be denied and I smile. The way the earth calls me is almost indescribable. My toes beg for the soft grass. Front porch rockers beckon for long pauses of my soul. Drab gives way to color. Cold days are forgotten. Everything is gloriously alive, including me.

As I drink in the warm sunshine, I think of how the earth is seemingly reborn every springtime. And I think of what someone said to me last week, that it was almost as if I were born again, again. Yeah, that’s a good description of my life right now.

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