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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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Come Like A Child

Jesus said, "...unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3) What are little children like? They are filled with wonder. It's easy, as an adult, to get so caught up in the business of life that we fail to slow down enough to...

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Claiming God’s Peace

My husband and I recently spent 3 1/2 weeks in Istanbul with our daughter's family. God miraculously kept us healthy in the midst of others' illnesses and close quarters. Near the end of our stay, I prayed that the Lord would help me to overcome the overwhelmed feelings that usually hit when I...

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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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Reflections of a Grandma, 3/17/13

At the time of this writing, I have one grandchild, Micah, Born August 12, 2012. He is 7 months old and he's adorable!!! In response to my saying that I almost feel ready to babysit, my son-in-law laughed, making the comment that I raised 3 kids, one being a special needs child, so what's the...

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