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Lessons from Balaam and His Donkey

I would like to look at the relationship between Balaam and his donkey, but first I need to set the stage. As described in the Bible (chapter 22 of Numbers), there was a non-Jewish prophet named Balaam who lived in Moabite territory. The Moabite king wanted to hire Balaam to curse the Israelites....

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Discerning What To Say Yes To

As I've been re-reading my old journals from when our children were young and observing daughter Kristy and her husband raising their own preschoolers, I felt compelled to write a note of encouragement to young moms. (The guidelines at the end are applicable to anyone.) I think we can all agree...

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Pray Like Jesus Did

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus showed us how to pray. In his humanness, he did not want to suffer on the cross, and he let his heavenly Father know his feelings. But then he surrendered his will and prayed, "Yet not as I will, but as you will." "...may your will be done." (Matthew 26:39 &...

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The Need for Discernment

Discernment is defined as "keen perception or judgment; insight." The best way to gain discernment is through meditating upon the Bible and seeking God's wisdom in prayer. It's so foolish to think that I have better insight into what's best for me than God, who already knows my whole future. But I...

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From Brokenness to Surrender

I love the assurance in Philippians 1:6 that Christ will finish the work He has started in me. He won't give up on me, even when I'm ready to give up. He's right there, always encouraging, guiding, forgiving and loving. To experience His love fully, however, I need to recognize my powerlessness....

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De-stress Before Problem Solving

My husband is a great role model for me in the area of de-stressing before trying to resolve an issue. I confess that it took me a long time to appreciate this quality in him because I tend to want to reach resolutions now. But some things really do take time to work through, and it's always wise...

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