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When Will Past Hurt and My Broken Responses To It Stop Stealing My Joy?

Bad crap happens to us. It hurts. We chose to NOT BELIEVE God’s solutions for our hurt.  We did our best, but the outcome was loss – financial, spiritual, relational, emotional. We realized something was wrong, but had no idea how to change or make different choices. Life crashed on. Other people’s lives don’t seem to have the cracks, bumps, and bruises that we do. We find ourselves comparing and feeling like something was stolen […]

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The Joy of Being Defended

Is it just me, or do we ALL wish for someone to care enough about us to defend us from those who intend us harm? To have someone not only know my story, but also stand in the gap to defend my heart, mind, and soul from further harm. This is a treasured possession for those who have been damaged by life in identity-shattering ways. It means you believe me and want to stick around […]

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Healing Our Fences

When I was a younger, I lived on a large farm. My grandpa had a small herd of cows and a large flock of sheep. There were barbed-wired fences to separate them from each other and the road. Often we would get a car stopping in to tell us the sheep were out and wandering down the road. We would head out to get in front of them and behind them, bringing them back to […]

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Heaven’s Math

Strongholds are the walls we build in our minds, hearts, and lives that keep us from embracing the truth of who God is and what His will and purpose for us is. Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 of tearing down strongholds and then defines them as things that are high-minded and have raised themselves up against the knowledge of God. “High-minded” refers to thinking with high moral values or ideals. How can that be […]

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50 Year Discoveries: Career

I remember graduating form Lansing Community College with a Commercial Art Illustration Associates, hoping to make a difference in the world with creation of useable art – brochures, booklets, cover art, etc. But then my husband went into the military and I was with child. We moved from Norfolk, VA, to San Diego, CA. Two weeks after arriving, he was in a life threatening accident. He got out of the hospital a week before our […]

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The First Step: Awareness

Have you ever had a day when you went through it with something in your teeth or a run in your stockings and no one cared to mention it? You only discovered it when you went to use the bathroom at a restaurant or changing after work or church – and you wonder why no one told you. It is embarrassing or frustrating at the very least to not be made aware of something I […]

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