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The Gains That Can Come From Releasing What Holds You to the Past

On the journey from brokenness to wholeness, chaos to clarity, fear to courage, unbelief to trust, we must choose to lay down the idols that “comfort” us and the lies that we believe about God, ourselves, and others. What we gain in the process is worth the risk. I want to share with you what I have gained in 3 different areas, how it has changed my life, enabling me to leave the past in […]

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Boundaries: What To Do When Others Push Back Against the New You

Eleven years ago, when I surrendered bitterness to the Lord and forgave the one who hurt me, I gained a new confidence in God and myself. It made me want to be more transparent and open with my faults and victories. I became passionate about grace and truth in balance – the Gospel. I was convinced that He was Life, Living Water, Bread from Heaven, My Rock and the Light. He knew every one of […]

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Yes, Roadblocks are Normal On the Road to Freedom

You are moving along, smashing the lies of the past, embracing God’s truth, learning to create boundaries, finding your voice, learning who He is and who you are in Him. You have overcome fears with steps of faith, forgiven those who have hurt you, and are beginning to trust the Lord with the details and relationships in your life. And then…everything comes to a screeching halt. What happened? What is this thing in the road? […]

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We Are Such A Plastic Family

When my daughter was around 14, she made a statement in response to something I was trying to explain about why we did what we did in our family. She said, “Mom, we are such a plastic family.” I was was confused by her words. She went on to explain that we were just so stiff and uptight. This is not how “real” families did stuff. Why can’t we live like other families? What’s wrong […]

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Collateral Damage

I wrote last week about my husband being my defender as the Lord enabled him to be. I mentioned that my husband was often misunderstood in His strong defense of me, since only he and I knew why he was doing it. My husband was doing a loving, noble thing. I let him and yet knew that there were moments when he broke and roared much too loudly, which scared me. It also scared my […]

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