Tag: spiritual formation

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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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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For Every Parent and Child Who Feels The Struggle of Being ‘Raised Up’

A conversation for every parent and child who feels the struggle of being ‘raised up:’

 

I know it’s hard.

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Three Secrets To Making and Keeping Your Marriage Strong

I’ll be the first to admit I walked down the aisle with my rose-colored glasses solidly adhered to my face. They all said, You’ve waited so long, I’m sure God has brought you someone incredibly ‘special.’

 

I liked that. He was special. He would surely make me happy.

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When We’re Feeling Too Small To Make Any Difference In This World

We crossed at low tide. With only one road that washes out with the waves, there was a small window of time to make our way across, to leave behind the mainland and enter this remote, speck of an island…Holy Island.

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Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

The demise of fairness and the ability to tell the good guys from the bad ones

 

I often think back to the 90’s with a feeling of nostalgia for a decade that seemed as hopeful as it was prosperous. As an idealist right out of college, I listened to Paula Cole’s famous song and believed that most of us were cowboys —that we understood the ideals of right and wrong, and measured out justice, like John Wayne, with impartiality and integrity. That’s what I believed back then, anyways.

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