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Posture: The Difference Between Striving and Obedience

Outwardly, striving and obedience may look exactly the same. It is the posture of our hearts that determine if we are acting with confidence.  The week was spent running errands, making phone calls, meeting with other people, processing what was gained from the meetings, making stuff, prepping meals, laundry, loving on children, correcting children, loving… Continue reading Posture: The Difference Between Striving and Obedience

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Change: Some Friendships Were Not Meant to Last

The loss of a friendship can feel like death, especially when it ends in a hurtful way. But all of us change, and some friendships last for only a season.  We were supposed to grow old together. Raise our children together. Experience joy and laughter together. But it didn’t happen the way I had envisioned.… Continue reading Change: Some Friendships Were Not Meant to Last

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Mercy: Receiving and Giving Forgiveness For Our Offenses

Not all of our offenses result in punishment. Sometimes we receive mercy instead. When we experience grace and mercy, we can extend it to others.  It never fails. Something catastrophic always happens when my husband leaves town, and he leaves town kinda frequently. Hmm… Maybe it’s not when he leaves town. Maybe it’s just all… Continue reading Mercy: Receiving and Giving Forgiveness For Our Offenses

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Flee: When it is Time to Run Away Instead of Standing to Fight

Certain situations in life beat us down, overwhelming us with discontentment. How do we know if we are to stand and fight, or if we are to flee?  Growing up in a Christian home, I was taught to love and be kind to other people. I was also taught to be a fighter. Not with… Continue reading Flee: When it is Time to Run Away Instead of Standing to Fight

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Neighborhood: Loving Our Neighbors Through Tragedy

This is a tribute to a very special street full of very special people… We are told to love our neighbors. This can mean anyone who has a need, but it also means those in our actual neighborhood.  The street I live on is like no other. Currently, our church is doing a series on… Continue reading Neighborhood: Loving Our Neighbors Through Tragedy

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Questions: Being Honest With God About Our Doubts

God does not feel offended when we wrestle with doubt. Asking questions can lead us to surrender, and can change our perspective.  The eight years we lived in Chicago can best be described as a desert season in my life. Yes, there were definitely times we rejoiced in the occasional “oasis” that we would encounter.… Continue reading Questions: Being Honest With God About Our Doubts

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Encouragement: How to End the Judgment in Our Minds

Judging other people and being judged destroys relationships. Here is how to end the judgment in our minds through encouragement. We have all been there. We have been the one standing alone while others made snide comments and pointed and laughed (although it may just have been in our minds). And we have also been… Continue reading Encouragement: How to End the Judgment in Our Minds

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Chaos: When Living Life is Above Our Capacity

Life is full of chaos, leaving us overwhelmed and living above our capacity, threatening our sanity. Here is how to handle these seasons. There are some days that the weight on my chest is so heavy, it literally hurts to breathe. The air I take in is shallow, and I end up deeply sighing repeatedly.… Continue reading Chaos: When Living Life is Above Our Capacity

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Guidance: Hearing Encouragement from the Father

The voice of the Father provides loving encouragement and guidance helping us to be more like Jesus. Here are examples of God speaking to us, through us. Numerous times I have been speaking to my boys and I “feel” a tap on my shoulder. I know what I said to them was actually the Lord speaking to me. He… Continue reading Guidance: Hearing Encouragement from the Father