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Pride and Condemnation

Often when we think about related topics in the scripture, or in life for that matter, we think about joy and happiness, peace and calm, or trust and faith. These are synonyms which highlight their ‘relatedness.’ But opposites can be in the same family as well. Last...

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In the Midst of the Storms

We never expect our lives to be touched by tragedy, loss, or betrayal. Even when life gets chaotic we tend to think we are immune from the major traumas. We think they won't happen to us. Our lives will never be affected by those things. We never believe that our...

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In the Wilderness

We all go through seasons of wilderness. Seasons where everything feels hard and even unbearable at times. Discouragement and doubt try to creep in and take over. It becomes so tempting to either sit down and give up or to try and do things our own way. I've been in...

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When I Do Not See

Sometimes it is so easy to see God moving in our lives and sometimes it seems like He isn't moving at all. It's so easy to lose heart and allow ourselves to become discouraged when we do not see.  Recently, I've been walking through a season of not seeing. I pray and...

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Toilet Paper Rolls – Really?

I heard a story on the radio of a husband and wife who were having a hard time getting along.  In particular, the husband was irritated because he was the only one who ever changed the toilet paper roll, when it ran empty, to a new roll.  He complained frequently to...

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Be Kind, Encourage Others, and Be Gracious

Recently, I have asked God this question - In this season of my life, what do you want me to work on?  I felt like God gave me three things to consider. First, God has been speaking to me about being kind.  In our crazy, busy world, we can become so self-focused and...

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The Great Masquerade

I have worn the mask many times. The pasted on smile, the nice Christian answers to the question “how are you doing”, raising your hands in worship even though all you want to do is run out of the building. Growing up in the church, I learned early on to keep my mask...

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Train Up a Child or is He Training Me?

The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Ken and I work hard to “train up” our boys. But, sometimes I wonder who is training whom? God has used my children to train me. I’ve learned a lot...

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Why Set Boundaries?

There was a study done a few years ago where a teacher took her students to a playground that didn’t have any type of enclosed fence. In this setting, the students tended to huddle around the teacher and didn’t play much in the park. Then, the same students were taken...

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My Ebenezer

The last several weeks have been hard for me. I have been stressed and overwhelmed. And at the peak of that struggle I had a choice. I could choose to fall apart and sink into depression (a choice I've made before) or I could choose something different. Having been...

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