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Living in God’s Yes and Best

“I can do everything through him (Jesus) who gives me strength,” (Philippians 4:13 NIV). Several years ago, my husband and I decided to go zip lining on the island of Kauai. After being jostled and tossed like ragdolls in the back of a retired army jeep, we finally made it to the top of the […]

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When You’re Struggling with Bad Thoughts and Habits

Someone once asked me if I had ever struggled with a stronghold in my life. To be honest, at the time I wasn’t even sure what a stronghold was. So I did a little digging. A stronghold is one of those churchy Christianese words that’s hard to wrap your mind around. It’s not a word […]

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You Are Who God Says You Are

Today I’m writing over at www.proverbs31.org for their Encouragement for Today devotion. In case you missed it, I wanted to share  it with you too! Lived blessed! You are. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1 (NIV) I became a Christian […]

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When You Don’t Want to Go Back to the Way You Were

I just got my braces off…again. I have had braces on my upper teeth three times. Count them. One. Two. Three. As the orthodontist explained, “Teeth have a memory. They always want to go back to the way they were.” As soon as he said those words, I felt convicted. I have a tendency to […]

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How Taking Hold Makes All the Difference

I was alone, or at least I felt that way. Women huddled in happy clusters chatting about first one thing and then another. Some propped babies on their hips. Others clutched Bibles in their hands. Most wore smiles on their faces. I wore one too. But it wasn’t a reflection of what was in my […]

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Changing the Ending to Your Story

My friend Bonnie and I followed the GPS along winding back roads of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I had been speaking at an event in the area, and felt drawn to this place I’d come to know as Amish Grace. Horse-drawn buggies with bearded drivers clippitty-clopped in front of us as if it were just another day. […]

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