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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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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The Step of Faith: Where Belief Trumps Choice

I woke up from a vivid dream a couple of weeks ago. The dream started with me walking toward a cluster of large rocks on the beach. The sky was overcast, the waves crashed in small white caps on the shore. I climbed atop the rocks without hesitation. I intended to plant my feet and hands in secure places to find my balance. But the rocks were jagged and pointed.

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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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Purging the Pattern of Pursuing the Practical

Though the thoughts are fleeting, I have asked myself what happened to that little girl who used to fantasize and had no doubts about taking on the world with her outrageous ideas? I considered in part it was “meant to be.” That little girl was just caught up in the wonders of the world. Now she was grounded…practical…and realistic about her goals. Or was that my problem? About a week

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Time to Dust off the Gift Shelf

Have you ever anticipated a gift, yet once you held it in your hands you weren’t quite sure what to do with it? Have you ever felt like someone went to so much trouble to buy you exactly what you needed and wanted, yet you let it sit on a shelf collecting dust because life made it seem impossible to enjoy the gift as it was intended? To be truthful,

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Self-Control = Deciding in Advance Where to Draw the Line

This week I am studying Self-Control as it pertains to the final aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit. It is not a coincidence that this is the last aspect following the other eight elements of the Fruit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness and Gentleness. For if we practice the other eight consistently and intentionally, the ninth should come easily. Right? What does self-control mean to you? Not eating that

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Bold but Gentle~Somewhere in Between Jerk and Doormat

Gentleness may conjure up the image of a mother cuddling her newborn. Yet many circumstances and relationships require gentleness in both attitude and action. Gentleness isn’t about being soft-spoken, silent, or sweet. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ~Matthew11:29 Gentleness is about a willingness to sacrifice for a greater cause, humility,

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A Refreshing Perspective

[slideshow] My boys and I spent the day exploring the backwoods of my home town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Something about the gnarled, moss-covered trees; clean, brisk air; and quiet engulfed with fluttering bird’s wings and the gurgling of river water hugging rocks of all sizes whisks me back to my childhood. In an instant I was back in time, where the carefree days of my sisters and I

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Peacekeeper or Peacemaker

I have faced many challenges in the past year. Living with fibromyalgia; fighting the need to please; feeling obligated toward others; financial struggles; approaching conflicts in marriage; struggling with the proper way to discipline my children; learning to say “no” in an attempt to form a healthy boundary; the list could go on. However, one word keeps coming to mind as I search for the reason behind making changes in

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Peacekeeper or Peacemaker

I have faced many challenges in the past year. Living with fibromyalgia; fighting the need to please; feeling obligated toward others; financial struggles; approaching conflicts in marriage; struggling with the proper way to discipline my children; learning to say “no” in an attempt to form a healthy boundary; the list could go on. However, one word keeps coming to mind as I search for the reason behind making changes in

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