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BE CAREFUL WHO YOU FOLLOW

I overheard a conversation recently where some people were discussing who they’d follow off a cliff. Of course, they were referring to qualities that make an individual a leader worth following. I know for sure my list of people I’d follow off a cliff is pretty short. How about yours? But are you careful about…

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DEALING WITH SHAME AS A BELIEVER

Shame is defined as a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. Have you ever experienced shame? Most of us have but I find it is one of, if not the, most difficult emotion to talk about.  Today I had a complete stranger attempt to shame me. To be clear, there was…

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FOR WHEN YOU LONG FOR PURPOSE AND CONNECTION

In my life I’ve had two ongoing struggles: purpose and connection. I share this because I know I’m not the only one. Every week I talk to individuals who wonder, “Am I doing what I’m supposed to do, what I was created to do?” These same people also express a desire to connect with others…

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One Pan Rosemary Honey Chicken Recipe

Do you ever have one of those weeks that feels two days too  long? A week when there are too many questions and not enough answers? Where it seems everyone’s getting it right and you’re still trying to figure out how to begin? Or is it just me? I’ve had one of those weeks. Two…

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THE RAY OF GRACE

A deeper walk with Christ is evident when our first response, our most compelling desire at any given time, in any situation, is to hunger for the advice found in God’s Word. The Word of God, when interwoven with prayer, serves as direction and guidance, conviction and comfort, a deterrent from sin, an escape, a…

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BATTLING THE BUDGET BLUES

Do you ever get the budget blues? The budget blues is the occasional feeling of discouragement and overwhelm caused by the gap between what you think you need/want and what your budget says you can afford. The feeling can be made worse by scrolling through Pinterest or watching HGTV. Battling the Budget Blues I have…

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A TONGUE ON FIRE

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. James 3:5-6 Look in the Mirror I begin my day by looking in the mirror. At first glance my reflection is blurry, out of focus. Lenses go in and sight is corrected. Thanks…

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WHEN IRONING IS HOLY WORK

She lifts the ironing board from the hooks on the back of the laundry room door. There’s just enough floor space between the laundry baskets and the litter box to set up her work station. The ironing board could use some WD-40 but the finger-nails-on-a-chalkboard-screeching-sound it makes as she opens it, is a welcome prelude…

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FOR WHEN YOU’RE TIRED OF BEING STRONG

Do not pray for an easier life, pray to be a stronger person. A poster with that quote hung in my kitchen 20 years ago. I was a young wife and mother of 3, working full-time, trying to be a strong person but secretly wishing for an easier life. Tired of Being Strong Fast forward…

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