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3 Steps To Wait Well And Build A Promising Future

We all wait. We wait for the phone to ring, We wait for an email reply. We wait for the test results. We wait for seasons to change. We wait for babies to be born. And we wait for the perfect mate. These three keys to waiting well can build a promising future. The first key — Acceptance. It takes …

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When You Live On Struggle Street

​ My dear friend Ronda has a saying that I love. When she’s struggling with something or things just seem not to be going smoothly, she says “I’m on Struggle Street, and there seems to be no exit ramp in sight.” I always laugh when she says it, and like any cool friend, she lets me use it too. Do …

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What We Can Learn From Betrayal

I realize not everyone has suffered betrayal, disloyalty or heartbreak at the hands of people they formerly trusted. If that has never happened to you, feel free to move on to another article. But if it has, please enjoy learning from my experience. Of course, we’ve all experienced that stinging sensation as the proverbial knife blade slides its permanent groove into …

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If Journals Could Talk

April 10, 1972 Dear Diary, Monday. How I hate Mondays. August 8, 2004 Dear Diary, Sunday. I feel like certain aspects of my life are spinning out of control. I wish I could get a handle on things. January 25, 2009 Dear Diary, Sunday. Today was a good day. I went to church and then slept all day. November 14, …

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Daring Greatly By Choosing Vulnerability And Gratitude

Vulnerability is scary and I’m not its greatest fan. So I decided to start reading Brene Brown’s treatise on this sensitive subject, entitled Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Early on in the book, she had my attention by pointing out that experiencing deep joy can make us feel vulnerable, …

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The Gospel Of Love

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13 We talk a lot about love. It’s the theme of countless movies, books and songs. Our social media newsfeeds are full of it. We’ve got an entire holiday to celebrate it after all. No, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day … I’m …

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5 Lessons From Frustration

Frustration. It happens when we want things our way and in our timing. The difficulty is, life rarely happens “our way” or in “our timing.” The challenge we have is to not give ourselves over to the frustration, but instead to take a step back to examine what is happening. If life is not moving forward on our terms it could be …

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Why We Need To Make Time To Encourage Each Other

Have you ever written a letter to someone you have never met? When I was a little girl we used to call them pen pals. Every year our teacher would bring in a list of children from another school, sometimes even from another country. We would get to choose a person from the list to begin writing to. One year …

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When Your Circle Of Friends Changes … Again

I’m beginning to wonder if much of life is about learning to let go. Letting go of expectations. Of past baggage. Of bitterness. Of the person you used to be. Letting go of old measuring sticks, narrow-minded thinking and an inability to deal with the gray. Letting go of the formulas that promised a clean route around the messiness of …

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Why God Allows Tests

“We will have an exam next week.” “Tomorrow, there will be a test on …” Do you remember the knot in your stomach as you thought about how much you needed to cram for an upcoming test? I remember the audible groans from my students whenever I announced that the exam was drawing near. Even if you are a good …

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