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Remembering the Real Audrey

My mother-in-law, Audrey, entered heaven nine years ago today on January 23, 2010, at the age of 93. Larry's dad had died ten years earlier. For five years before she died, she suffered from Lewy Body Dementia (LBDA.org) which conquered her mind and took her into a...

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Beware of Bible Breaks

Beware of Bible breaks. You know what those are. Bible breaks are the headings describing the content of a grouping of Scripture verses. The problem is they can give the impression a new thought is starting. And sometimes it is but often it's not. Chapter divisions...

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God Cares about Your Cries for Help. Hannah Knows!

God really does care about your cries for help. Hannah knows and so does Jesus. I know that also. Two very significant times in my life I desperately cried out to God more than others. In the beginning, it seemed God didn't care and didn't even hear me. Like Hannah, I...

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Increase Your Marital Joy

It really is possible to consciously increase your marital joy. When Larry and I were dating, I loved his take-charge attitude. I felt safe and relaxed. How wonderful it will be to have Larry as my husband and take care of me. Then we married. It seemed Larry suddenly...

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A New Year’s Goal for Successful Devotions

The New Year is commonly our time to make new devotional habits. Yet often we find it so hard to follow through and fulfill our wonderful goals. Why? Before I address why, take this little quiz. For each statement that you think is fairly applicable to you, even if...

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The Proverbs 31 Woman–Inspiration or Discouragement?

The Proverbs 31 Woman—Inspiration or Discouragement? The “Proverbs 31 Woman” as described in Proverbs 31:10-31 can sometimes feel overwhelming. After all. She does it all. And seemingly to levels of perfection. She cooks, she cleans, she brings home the bacon. She...

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People Pleasing at Christmastime–Not Good!

Do you struggle with People Pleasing like I do? Here are some signals we have this sinful strategy: If someone doesn’t like me, I wonder why and think a lot about how to correct their perception of me. I say, “I don’t care what others think” but I also don’t want to...

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Company Coming and the House Is A Mess?

Company coming and the house is a mess? Here are six ideas for solving a messy house problem. Lock doors of rooms that are messy. Of course, don't lock the bathroom door. Have duct tape and masking tape available. Use them to make any last minute repairs of anything....

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“I Wish I Knew How to Create Traditions in Our Family”

"Oh, I wish I knew how to create traditions in our family.” Have you ever thought that? You may not realize you have made more traditions than you recognize. Let me tell you why. I’m sure my parents never intended to create a Christmas tradition but they did. In our...

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Godly Answers for Stressful Friendships at the Holidays

Friendships are gifts from God That may sound very basic, but when we remember God orchestrated every human contact, we can be grateful even when it’s a challenging connection. During the stressful time of the holidays, friendships can create tension which steals our...

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Book Giveaway: “Beautiful Warrior” by Tina Yeager

You Are a "Beautiful Warrior" I'm so excited to offer the book, Beautiful Warrior, by Tina Yeager for this month's book drawing. Read below for how to enter the drawing. UPDATE: Sharon Dyer is the winner of the drawing! Here's a description of Tina's fabulous book: In...

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A Christmas Story From My Family History

Karen and Chuck waited impatiently at the closed door that led into the living room where they could imagine the sparkling Christmas tree awaiting them. Nine-year-old Karen murmured, “I can’t wait to get my new bicycle. I just know it's under the tree.”  Then it was...

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Don’t Worry; Martha Will Do It

I wonder if Martha, the sister of Mary, was the dependability queen in her town, Bethany. I can just imagine at the Women of the Temple Committee meeting for the upcoming women’s luncheon event, the chairperson asking, “Now who can we get to cater the lunch?” ...

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Book Giveaway: “Everyday Brave” by Janet Thompson

I'm very excited about featuring the newest book by Janet Thompson: Everyday Brave. And she will send a copy of her new book to the winner drawn from those making comments on my blog. More details are below. In Everyday Brave, Janet explores the extraordinary bravery...

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