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Ask Lisa—What Do I do With A Daughter Who Is Out Of Control?

“Ask Lisa” is an advice post for people who write in asking questions about a specific problem or situation.  Although is in no way a substitute for therapy, my hope and prayer is that it gives encouragement and direction for whatever you may be facing today.

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Fifteen Self-Care Activities That Can Fit Into Anyone’s Schedule

Last week I wrote about the ministry of presence —presence with God, with ourselves, and with others. Self-care is a critical piece of living out the ministry of presence because we cannot effectively fulfill God’s call to love, serve, or care for others without it.  We’ve all heard the term before, but many people dismiss the idea of self-care because it seem too time-consuming, or just one more thing to add to our daily checklist.  

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The Key To Being The Light and Becoming a Grace-Giver This Christmas

That one lone candle burning, multiplied by hundreds across the auditorium singing, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night,’ almost as if the flames flickering together whispered that enough light could change the whole world.

 

When Believers stop being the light, what else is left to shine into the darkness? 

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When We’re Searching For Purpose In Every Season of Our Lives

My birthday’s coming. It’s right around the bend.

 

My husband threw me this beautiful shindig to honor the occasion.  On a perfect late summer evening with the perfect sky, he gathered my favorite people along with some beautiful music and food, to help celebrate.

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Three Ways To Reject Entitlement and Reclaim a Heart of Abundance

I’ve never seen barns so full while hearts are so empty.  Never believed one could have everything and nothing at the same time. Yet they do.  We do.

 

Scarcity is all around us. In the middle of a field of crops so big and wide and deep, souls everywhere are starving, empty, hopeless. 

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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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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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