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Identity Theft At Its Scariest

Identity theft is scary any way you look at it. But there’s one kind that trumps them all. A few months ago, my husband and I did something I had been dreading for years. We cleaned out the attic. Depending on your age, you may or may not know that back in the day, one was required to keep important …

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What’s The Point In Rebuilding A Broken Relationship?

When you set your hand at rebuilding something, especially relationships, there will be opposition. Forces working against you swing into life like a wrecking ball, obliterating everything in its way. Friendships are struck with a mighty force, sending bricks flying in all directions. Rebuilding relationships is tough work. You have to be incredibly intentional and precise in rebuilding what was …

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Forgiving My Abuser

Last month I shared about suffering from domestic violence in my past relationships. As I researched the statistics on domestic violence for the article, God moved my heart to respond. (Read more here: From Victim to Victor | Overcoming Domestic Abuse and Divorce) Today, I’m sharing the rest of the story about God asking me to forgive my abuser. My …

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Why I Couldn’t Love Popular People

The heart of my ministry has always been to love people well. Before I was a believer, I wanted to love people well so they loved me back. After I was a believer … well, it sadly was the same motivation. At my high school reunion, one of the popular girl/cheerleaders wanted to talk to me. She was part of …

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What If We Get It Wrong?

It burns in us, this bent, this craving, this drive for the thing we all call freedom. I would dare say every other drive we serve grows from the root of this one. We eat because we want to be free from hunger (or bored), we sleep because we want to be freed from the fatigue that chases us. As …

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When God Tells You Something You Don’t Want To Hear

Jeremiah 29:11 is a most beloved passage of Scripture. “For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (NLT). Ah, the promises of God. We love them, don’t we? We grab hold of them. We quote them to one another. They are encouragement …

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When God Asks You To Make An Exchange

Is this time of the year busy for you like it is for me? Holiday parties to attend, gifts to buy, wrap and exchange, deadlines at work to meet … All while the clock just keeps ticking away. Then you add the traffic … OH, THE TRAFFIC … that the holidays bring; it’s enough to make any sane person mad. …

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You Are Called To Freedom

I just turned 48, and I just got my first tattoo. It reads “called to freedom,” and it’s awesome. Galatians 5:13 (NLT) says, “For you have been called to live in freedom — not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.” This speaks so many things to my heart. We are to live …

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Shaking Off The Dust From A Hard Year Before The New Year

Some years are just hard. They may start off strong, but then take an unexpected turn toward tragedy or disaster and taint the remainder of the year. Through year-long trials, it is possible to allow the Lord to hasten His wisdom in our lives, but oftentimes it hurts in the process. Several years ago, my year was like a bad …

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Shedding The Orphan Mentality

On my best days, I can say with Tim Keller that “Jesus is enough.” But many times I am living with that “left over attitude,” orphan-like frame of mind — and I see flickers of it in other singles as well. We read the promises of God to us in Scripture that He is our portion, our strength, our refuge, our family — and yet we still …

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