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Sometimes You Just Need 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 sense. I called an arborist …

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The Promise of a Less-Hectic Life

Today I welcome my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 Ministries author, Glynnis Whitwer, to share from her new book, Doing Busy Better. Glynnis is also giving away a copy of Doing Busy Better to one of my readers, plus she has free downloads for all of you! Here’s Glynnis: For years I took pride in being overly busy. Between the …

Sharon Jaynes Balanced Living, Living Fully 41 Comments

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 sense. I called an arborist …

Sharon Jaynes Balanced Living, General Inspiration 43 Comments

It’s Not About Me

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens,” (Psalm 148:13 NIV). Some of my Girlfriends in God are not going to like this devotion. I’m not even sure I do. But I’m going to put it out there anyhow. During the month of February, I …

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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.” She slumped to the ground …

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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 annual Christmas letter and it …

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Oil for my Lamp

Today’s Truth “Her lamp does not go out at night…” (Proverbs 31:18 NIV). Friend To Friend Driving along the coast and coming upon a lighthouse is an inspiring sight.   Even though the map marks where the landmarks are stationed, it still brings a thrill when each one comes into view.  That’s how I feel when I see a mother nurturing …