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Today’s a Gift

  Lord, thank You for this and every day.   “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” says Psalm 118:24. These words resonate with us some days more than others. Do you agree? Our family recently vacationed at a lakefront cabin. Waking up to waterski and… [ read more ]

3 Reasons to Live Grumble-Free

How easy it is to grumble! When winter hits, we complain about the snow or—where I live—the rain. When summer arrives, we whine about the heat and the watering restrictions.   If our workload overwhelms us, we might complain about having too much to do and not enough free time. But if we lose our… [ read more ]

Surrounded by God’s Goodness

  The thoughts on which we habitually dwell determine the direction our lives take. So, onto what thoughts do you latch when you feel overwhelmed, discouraged, or afraid?   When we focus on our negative or hurtful circumstances, we travel further into despair. Before long we begin to grumble, sink into self-pity, feel angry or… [ read more ]

Overcoming Thoughts That Fence Us In

I’ve been preparing materials for an upcoming women’s conference at my church. The theme is “Don’t Fence Me In.”   First I brainstormed about the things that fence us in (limit, restrict, hinder, or imprison). Our thoughts quickly rose to the surface as the lead culprit. Here are several examples of how this happens:  … [ read more ]

To Which Voice Should We Listen?

  Sometimes I hear voices in my head. I know, I know–that sounds a little sketchy. But I’ll bet you hear them too. When I travel by air, I sometimes feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge to strike up a conversation with the stranger beside me. A voice inside says, “No—don’t bother her. She doesn’t want… [ read more ]

What Difference Does the Word “All” Make?

  The gals in my weekly Bible study recently enjoyed a discussion about the word all in the context of —“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”   What an eye-opener to realize how often I love God half-heartedly.  … [ read more ]

Breaking Free From Strongholds

I was about five years old when my family moved to a new house in a neighborhood under construction. Big trucks and heavy machinery roared up and down our street every day for months, churning the unpaved road into a mucky mess.   One day I donned my rubber boots and attempted to cross the… [ read more ]

Worry: The Root Cause and the Cure

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”… [ read more ]

Hearing God’s Voice – Pt. 2

How can we discern God’s voice amidst so many others crying for our attention? Here’s a litmus test that never fails: God’s voice speaks truth and life. Makes sense, right? After all, Jesus Christ was God in flesh, and He declared Himself to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He will never speak words… [ read more ]

Choosing to Not Think About Negative Things

Oh, how easy it is to focus on negative stuff: We regurgitate conversations that irked us. We worry about the “what-ifs.” We get stuck in “if-only.” We anticipate the worst outcome rather than expect the best. And then we wonder why we lack joy and peace.   Earlier today a friend and I walked a… [ read more ]