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When You’re In The Deep And You’re Too Blind To See Anything But The Storm

My eyesight is bad, really bad.

My husband once asked me to identify the smallest letter I could read on the doctor’s eye chart. What chart?I asked as he stood in the darkened office pointing at a fuzzy light reflecting dimly on the opposite wall.

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For the Weary and Wounded, There is Always Room in the House Called Mercy

His eyes were piercing. As we sat down, he began to tell me his story —of growing up in a small town in east Texas, of doing meth, dealing meth, of living life in the darkness of racism that hung as a heavy shadow over his Aryan community.

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Because It Takes a Warrior Mindset to Win The Spiritual Mind War #BattleReadyBook

It steals in quietly before the first flicker of dawn.  It’s grey shadows move across my unconscious mind, hovering overhead, bearing down on my disquieted sleep.

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Finding Your Purpose and Your Place As a Martha Girl

I’ve always felt a little ashamed of being a Martha.  Recognizing the deep satisfaction in my hideous to-do lists, my overwhelming love of busywork, of checking things off as done, I always felt a slight tinge of guilt, like I was slightly less than Mary, subtly less mature, less Christian, less like Jesus wanted me.

 

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Why Christians Need To Talk More About Sex

 

Crickets. Silence.  An awkward hush.

 

That’s the sound heard among many groups in the church when the subject of sex surfaces.

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How to Renew Your Mind In Truth In Order To Be “Battle Ready”

Sometimes we find ourselves living out past lies, old misbeliefs, distorted assumptions.  We wonder why our lives keep repeating the same patterns over and over again with no relief, and certainly no transformation.  Does it get any better than this?  YES!  I’m so excited to have my friend, mentor, and faith cheerleader, Kelly Balarie, in the community today.  Kelly knows a lot about being “Battle Ready,” because she has faced many battles of her own, and learned how to fight back, to renew her mind, and conquer the challenges life can bring. 

By: Kelly Balarie

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Two Reasons We Must ‘Burn The Ships’ In Our Past In Order To Claim Our Future

 

I recently read a story about Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes who, in 1519, set sail for Mexico with a total of 11 ships, 13 horses, 110 sailors, and 533 soldiers.  He faced a population of five million indigenous people, which meant, the deck was slightly stacked against him as he approached land. 

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Three Reasons Why We Need A Better Emotional Vocabulary

The flights were booked. The car rented.  We had anticipated this trip for years and I wanted to be prepared.

 

Though I had studied Italian in college, I knew my skills were rusty at best, so I purchased an online study course so that I could maximize my experience.

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Four Ways Parents Can Minimize Stress While Maximizing Kids’ Wellbeing

 

Exams have passed.  Graduations have been celebrated.  Summer’s coming hard upon us.

 

Our kids have been feeling it, really feeling it — the stress that has them wound up tight, stress that makes them doubt themselves, stress that overwhelms every bit of courage to dig deep, reach in, and press on into their lives and their dreams.

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What To Do When You Are Waiting For Your Life To Bloom

I waited every spring for the peonies to bloom. 

 

Tracing the edge of an earlier autumn sun, I remember so carefully digging a home for them in the soil.

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