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    What Do We Do With Suffering?

    I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m writing a book.  I have to admit, when I started writing this book (which is a short devotional), I expected it to go very quickly and be very easy.  Ha Ha Ha!!!!  I now have an enormous amount of respect for authors that wasn’t there before!  This is hard, tedious work!  It’s not relaxing, and kind of stressful!  But, it’s also beautiful, and when I really slow down and let the Holy Spirit write the book instead of me, I get pages like this one below….. “Then He said to her, “Daughter, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in Me] has restored…

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    Instead of New Years Resolutions…

    Well, here we are in January, and we are faced with over 350 possibilities of growth, and experiences to be held in 2019!  I don’t know about you, but the prospect of a new year sort of makes me giddy! For some, the prospect of a new year brings a list of resolutions, a bump in activity to try to fulfill those resolutions, and growing anxiety as this list becomes a reminder of what they haven’t been able to accomplish.  I spent many years writing out my resolutions, and many different techniques of doing so.  Some years, I simply made a list.  Other years, I categorized the list. Each year,…

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    Hello Stranger

    I saw this on Facebook the other day and it spoke to me.  I mean, I’m in the middle of Christmas shopping the week before Christmas, and it’s getting real, y’all. I went into full on freak out yesterday morning when I realized I am not, in fact, almost done, because “Santa” hasn’t even shopped yet! (Can you see the face palm happening?) For several years, I’ve been very intentional about not getting to this place in the season with this level of anxiety.  I plan out my shopping, and start early.  But this year we had new floor installed in our house the week after Thanksgiving.  Let me give…

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    The Grattitude Challenge

    “Grattitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates vision for tomorrow”- Mealody Beattie I come across people all the time who are stuck.  Maybe they’ve had some really tough things happen to them.  Maybe they’ve experienced profound loss.  Maybe they have lost their ability to dream.  Maybe life has not turned out to be quite what they expected.  Maybe they look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person looking back at them, or maybe the same happens when they look into their spouse’s eyes, or their children’s eyes.  It’s no secret that this world is full of tough stuff. You may look around you and…