Archive | Take Hold of the Faith You Long For

You Are Worth More

I’m sharing a devotion over at Proverbs 31 Ministries today. I wanted to share this with you too. Here’s what I want you to know: You are worth more! As a little girl, I never felt I was worth very much. I always felt I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough or good enough. I sensed my […]

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When the Big Bad Bully Messes With You and Yours

Being from North Carolina, I love the old black-and-white episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. (And no, we don’t all talk like that.) In one episode, the neighborhood bully is picking on Andy’s boy, Opie. This blond-headed newcomer taunts and makes fun of Opie until he feels like a total loser. Opie’s ashamed of his […]

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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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Moving Past Disappointment

Sometimes you expect you’re getting a Rachel and you wake up with a Leah. Okay, I know that example might connect better with a guy, but you get the point. Let me try that again. What do you do after you’ve crossed the Red Sea of obstacles, only to be dying of thirst at Marah […]

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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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When You Don’t Like the Story God is Writing

I often think of my life like a story God is writing…and so is yours. And to be honest, some parts of the story I don’t really like. If it were up to me, I would have written some of it differently. My second child would not have died, and I would have a daughter […]

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