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In Turbulent Times, Remember God’s “Coincidences”

In Turbulent Times, Remember God’s “Coincidences”

In the turbulent times we live in, we could be tempted to think God is asleep on the throne. Our minds know there are no "coincidences" but our hearts begin to worry about the future. When I wrote my book, Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries, I studied the book of...

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How Can We “Boast Legitimately”?

How Can We “Boast Legitimately”?

Did you know the Apostle Paul boasted? If you're like me you're most likely thinking, "I thought we weren't supposed to boast otherwise we're being proud." I've felt the same way but then I began to notice how often boasting is referred to in the Bible--and by the...

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I Had Mononucleosis: “I Can’t Accomplish Anything!”

I Had Mononucleosis: “I Can’t Accomplish Anything!”

I remember the summer decades ago when I had no energy--at all! None! I had a deadline for a book and forced myself to continue writing. But eventually I was completely drained and diagnosed with mononucleosis. When I asked the doctor how long it would last, he...

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Book Giveaway: “Marriage Meet Ups” by Bill and Pam Farrel

Book Giveaway: “Marriage Meet Ups” by Bill and Pam Farrel

Book Drawing!!!! This month I'm eager to feature a marriage book by Pam and Bill Farrel called Marriage Meet Ups: A Planner for Couples Who Want a Productive, Passionate and Purposeful Life All of us need encouragement, inspiration and examples of other successful...

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Cancer and Sanctification

Cancer and Sanctification

On October 1st, 2020, I will celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the day I received Christ and became a Christian. I'm writing this the day before, knowing that tomorrow, I'll be having Mohs surgery for skin cancer. Don't worry, at this point the basal cell carcinoma...

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Confessions: I Loved to Gossip

Confessions: I Loved to Gossip

Confessions: I Loved to Gossip My most painful memory of choosing gossip is when I wrote three sentences about a friend of mine in one of my early books. (Don't worry; it's out of print). I didn't use her name and I thought, "She'll know this is her and it will help...

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Free Yourself of Being Offended

Free Yourself of Being Offended

Free Yourself of Being Offended In the past I chose to be offended a lot. I didn't know what motivated me. Over time, I've discovered the reasons and grown in being less offended. And let me tell you, being less offended is freedom! Being offended occurs a lot in our...

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Don’t Tell Mom. She’ll Worry!

Don’t Tell Mom. She’ll Worry!

Did your family ever say, "Don't tell Mom. She'll worry!" Unfortunately, ours did. We thought it was a wise thing to do, but in reality, it was a subtle form of manipulation. Whenever I think of that sinful strategy, I think of the biblical Rebekah who kept secrets....

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The Myths of Never Good Enough

The Myths of Never Good Enough

The Myths of Never Good Enough Shawna remembers how uncomfortable she felt when she relaxed around her home growing up. When she was busy doing her homework, her mother would go out of her way to hug her and praise her for her hard work. But when she wanted to just...

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God Wants YOU! to Know Him!

God Wants YOU! to Know Him!

Are you convinced God wants you to know Him? Sometimes we're not so sure. But the more confident we are God wants to reveal Himself to us, the more we'll seek Him and know Him in truth. There is a fascinating verse in Psalm 103:7 that can help us: He made known his...

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In Honor of J.I. Packer

In Honor of J.I. Packer

In honor of J.I. Packer: my favorite story and quote from him. J.I. Packer had a profound impact upon my life through his books. In my writing and speaking, I use one of his quotes most often. His words describe my passion for knowing God. In my book, Pure-Hearted:...

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Donkeys Aren’t Stubborn, Just Protective, Like Us!

Donkeys Aren’t Stubborn, Just Protective, Like Us!

I’m so pleased to feature a guest post from J.D. Wininger whose posts on his blog are fascinating snippets of spiritual lessons based in experiences with the animals on his ranch. I love every post he writes and always learn and am inspired. When I read the following...

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Jesus Had No Need for the Approval of Others

Jesus Had No Need for the Approval of Others

I'm sad to say other people's opinions sometimes wreck havoc in my life. it's called being a People Pleaser. And I started the practice early in life. As Larry and I worked on our two books in the God's Intriguing Questions series, I was surprised how many of God's...

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Would You Like to Read Someone’s Mind?

Would You Like to Read Someone’s Mind?

I think at one time or another, we all would like to be able to read someone's mind. That was especially true for me when Larry and I married. Not only did I want to read his mind, I actually thought I could. After all, if I had said something the same as what Larry...

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