Mount Hermon 2017 and My 40 Day Preparation Fast

In the time since my last post, God’s prompted me with things I need to let go of and change for my writing pursuits to reach their full potential. I’ve been excusing my lack of discipline and focus due to the constant change and chaos in my life. As a result, I’ve begun efforts to change my normal default tendencies. I’ve eliminated gluten and other foods that increase my bouts of

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Removing the Yolk of Other’s Ideals

I’ve never really thought of myself as a people-pleaser. Though I don’t like to disappoint others and I have often felt burdened by what I think others think – especially when it comes to how I’ve behaved. I desire to be a good friend, competent employee, help to a stranger, a consistent parent, and a devoted wife. When life spins beyond my control I get frustrated and analyze my choices

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Breaking Free of Relationship Killers – Overcoming Apathy for Abundance

Am I really more Apathetic than Active when it comes to healthy relationships? I mostly cried through the entire Sunday sermon at church. Feeling vulnerable and unable to hold back tears, I ended up expressing all my pent up frustrations to the first woman I encountered after the service. I knew I could trust her to simply listen, and was more than willing for her to pray for me after I’d

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Breaking Free of Relationship Killers – Together is Better!

Can You Call Yourself a Christian and NOT go to Church? This was the loaded question asked by Pastor Scott at the start of his new series titled “Breaking Free of Relationship Killers“. This will be the first post of what I hope to be an ongoing series of my response and reflections to weekly church sermons. I’ve actually been collecting my notes for months now, so I’ll do my best

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Releasing Myself of Expectations

If I examine each of my relationships and our typical conversations, they are almost all focused on comparing and not completing (or embracing our differences). And at the core, isn’t this also about expectations?

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Ode to Psalm 129 #April #PoetryMonth

Stair 10 in the Psalms of Ascent (Stepping Up Study by Beth Moore) At the beginning of 2008, I participated in a group Bible study on the Psalms of Ascent. I truly miss diving into the word via Beth Moore’s teaching. On occasion, I will take out my box of Bible study workbooks (I once calculated 10 years and over 1000 hours of study inside that box!) I will have

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When Failure is Part of God’s Plan

Failure according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1a: omission of occurrence or performance; specifically: a failing to perform a duty or expected action b (1) : a state of inability to perform a normal function c: a fracturing or giving way under stress 2a: lack of success b: a failing in business 3a: a falling short (deterioration or decay) 4 : one that has failed Is it just me, or is the concept of failure taboo these days? Why do we avoid

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Now is the time for Joy, Abundance, Peace and Rest!

Before I took control of the battle of my mind and gave my circumstances over to God, finding the energy to write seemed impossible. My writing had been on the back-burner despite my initial reaction that job loss=more writing time. I have this need to get everything else done before I write. I rarely succeed. Eventually I give in, but by then I am tired and creativity is sparse. Worse than my normal “thinking”

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Expendable to the World, but Never to God

About a week ago, I stood at my writing desk just before heading off to work and said this prayer… Lord Jesus, please help me to have more time and energy to write for Your glory. I just don’t understand why this calling to write can be so strong, yet I have nothing left to give you by the end of the week. I could give You so much more

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Toilet Paper and Tears: Discovering the Writer Within

I was full of imagination as a young girl. My mother says I was always telling stories and organizing make-believe with my two younger sisters, the neighbor kids and children from her home day care. Of course, I needed a loud, authoritative voice to be such a leader and I used it both day and night. It didn’t matter if I was dictating a group of preschoolers or playing on

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Failed Speedbo and if I Could Just Bottle 18 Hours Per Week and Only Write!

I really thought posting my intentions to write like crazy in the month of March would have motivated me to make some progress on Part 2 of No Eye Has Seen. But our family got hit with some major emotional tolls and I found the need to reflect and not pressure myself. I also have a huge project at work–an undertaking that equals a month of full-time hours I somehow need

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Allowing God’s Indulgence in Our Lives

After a soaking session with a small group of women from my home church, we talked about dreaming for ourselves again and not limiting what God can do in our lives. The message we received was that God wants to indulge himself through us, to bless us with abundance because it pleases him. It’s not about getting what we think we want, but about seeking and knocking until we see what God

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