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Morning still life with green utensils on shabby chic table and light from the blinds

Make Room to Breathe

It was one of my favorite trees. And it was dying. We live on a lake, and my dying tree was truly a “tree planted by streams of water.” So how could it be dying? How could branches right in the smack dab middle of the bushy green be turning into kindling? It didn’t make […]

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The Ache for Something More

“We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing” (Psalm 39:6 NLT). For decades, as I have had the privilege of ministering to women, I have heard the same heart-cry from those who desire to have a deep, intimate, exuberant relationship with Christ but don’t know how to find it. Here’s […]

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God’s Oxygen Mask

Today’s Truth Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest (Mark 6:31 NIV). Friend to Friend One mother with three active boys was playing cops and robbers in the back yard after dinner on a summer evening. One of the boys “shot” his mother and yelled, “Bang, bang you’re dead.” […]

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Pruning our Lives

 Today’s Truth “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:1 NIV). Friend to Friend In 2006, I sat down to write my […]

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