The Dark Side of Change

The Dark Side of Change

The day my mom called and told me my aunt was getting married was an exciting day! After we hung up, I began to wonder and hope that because of the enormous change in their lives, my mom would decide to move her home back to Texas. My mom and her sister had been living together for the past five-plus years, but that living arrangement kept her far from us, her kids, and her grands and great-grands. We longed to have her around more! The next time we spoke, my mom said, “yes!” she wanted to move back to Texas. I enthusiastically, and without reservation, offered my home to her, and from there we began making plans for her to move in with us. What I didn’t realize at first was making this change would be hard. Even though I had a spare bedroom, I had furniture in there and had recently redecorated it. I had to find new places for my...
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Why I Hate The Holidays and What I’m Going To Do About It

Why I Hate The Holidays and What I’m Going To Do About It

Transparency alert: I don’t love the holiday season (and it's not because I don't love Jesus or my family and friends). I know not loving the holidays flies in the face of conventional Christianity and you might consider me a hard-hearted, needing to be saved, heretic for saying that. But it's true. I really don’t care for it at all. To me, this time of year means a whole lot of extra work, interruption to my schedule, and frenetic spending. Sometimes I resent it, and lots of years I want to escape it, but every year it rolls around, and I have to mentally prepare myself for the whirlwind in order to survive it. Can you relate? The truth is, I hate the commercialization of one of the most precious and vital events in history, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Christmas is about celebrating the redemption of mankind from the snare of sin, not Santa, Frosty, or holly jolly Christmas...
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Rewind To Find Thankfulness

Rewind To Find Thankfulness

I had the honor of guest posting on the Nameless Collaborative site this week. The article begins this way: I am a fifty-two year old wife, mother and grandmother, so I have half a century of life under my belt. Lately, my husband and I have been viewing our old VHS home movies. Oh, the nostalgia. Seeing our adult children in their baby, toddler, and pre-teen stages has been endearing to say the least. And the process has stirred up some strong emotions and realizations. Finish reading this sentimental and sweet blog by clicking here....
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Five Dream Killers and How To Slay Them

Five Dream Killers and How To Slay Them

You have a dream and deep down you know it needs to be a reality. But somewhere between the conception of the dream and the fruition, maybe you got stuck, frustrated or even gave up on the dream. It happens to all of us, but none of us can afford to let it happen. Dreaming is a way God speaks to our souls about the direction of our lives. It is a yearning He places in our hearts to see the greatness of our destiny and His plans on the earth fulfilled. Sadly many dreams are never realized--not because of hardships, lack of resources or talent, but because of a handful of bad habits. These habits are simple to eliminate, but they must first be identified. I’m going to give you a list of five dream killers and some simple solutions to get you on your way to seeing your God dreams come to life. The first dream killer is complaining. Complaining aborts breakthrough...
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The Hope Found In Change

The Hope Found In Change

In the space of six hours, I found myself having the same conversation with two different people. This is not uncommon for me, as I have found many of my friends, family, and acquaintances are struggling with similar issues, so I have become an evangelist of sorts advocating change and offering hope. My story began years ago, but the catalyst to change occurred around four years ago. I've always struggled with digestive issues, but one April morning I found myself waking to excruciating abdominal pain requiring an expensive ER visit that yielded no diagnosis for the cause of my pain other than inflammation - I’ve since learned that many chronic health issues are related to inflammation. For several years leading up to this incident, I heard the whispering of God’s voice in my heart encouraging me to make a change in my diet. I was fascinated with the gluten-free diet and celiac disease. I didn't want to make such a drastic...
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No Partiality

No Partiality

I’m studying in the book of Acts these days, and I am moved with gratefulness as I read how the Apostle Peter received the revelation that the Gentiles were included in God’s plan of salvation! “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.’” (Acts 10:34) Up to this point, from the Jewish perspective (which is what we have in the beginnings of the church since the Apostles were all Jews), the good news was restricted to just the Jews. Peter prophesied on the day of Pentecost that this message would be taken all over the world (Acts 2:39), but in their minds, I firmly believe, it was to all Jewish people who were afar off. Later Peter sat on the rooftop in Joppa, and the Spirit of God came and showed him a vision (Acts 10:9-16). He didn’t understand what it...
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Made For It

Made For It

Adversity. It keeps popping its head up into my life, and it continually takes me by surprise. I don’t know why I have the Pollyannaish expectation in my head that when I’m following the Lord and being obedient to what He has set before me, that everything will go smoothly and there won’t be any difficulties. For some reason, I am always surprised when hardship, and heartache, comes along in wave after wave. If it were not for the Lord, inevitably I would be overtaken. A friend posted an excerpt from a book recently, and I found myself reminded once again: “Give up the illusion that you deserve a problem-free life. Part of you is still hungering for the resolution of all difficulties. This is a false hope!” Jesus Calling, Sarah Young “Beloved friends, if life gets extremely difficult, with many tests, don’t be bewildered as though something strange were overwhelming you.” 1 Peter 4:12 TPT Well, Peter, I am bewildered when I encounter difficulties...
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Embrace It 2

Embrace It 2

In the previous blog (Here) I shared the words of the Lord to my heart about embracing the mess, struggle, and pain. This article will explore the fruit and importance of saying yes to His path, regardless of the difficulty. Refresh yourself with the story in Mark 6:45-56 and let’s take a look at the fruit and the lessons to be learned from the struggle on the lake. Jesus came walking on the water, the disciples called out to Him, He came on board and spoke to the wind and calmed it. Verse 52 says, “for they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” Such a curious phrase! What was it about the loaves that they should have applied to this situation? Remember when Jesus said, “you give them something to eat?” (Mark 6:37) He showed them that God does miracles through the hands of His servants. They should have translated that lesson to the situation with the...
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Embrace It

Embrace It

It’s funny how sometimes things work together to reinforce a message. I’ve been hearing the Lord say, “Embrace the mess. Embrace the pain. Embrace the struggle.” I like to avoid all these things. I do not like the messes of life, or of dealing with stressful situations. I do not like the pain of discipline, nor the effort and energy it takes to struggle through difficulties to reach the desired outcome. I’d prefer to take the path of least resistance, although I have learned that the path of least resistance does not produce the fruit of real transformation. The irony of the path of least resistance is whatever you don’t want to deal with is the very thing that continues to rear up and cause continual difficulty like a dead mouse smell permeating through your wall. My pastor says, (and it is so true) “If you don’t treat the little things like big things, they will eventually become big things that you...
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Ready To Receive

Ready To Receive

I recently had lunch with a friend who is passionate about pursuing her God dream. (Click here to visit her website – she writes and podcasts extensively on this topic!) We discussed several challenges we all face in following our dreams, even the ones where we question whether or not we are supposed to pursue them or let them die. Following this conversation a key thought formed in my heart. Contentment is void of striving. The absence of striving results in rest and, rest positions our hearts to receive. When your heart is not striving, but resting in the place of God’s sovereignty over your life, then your heart is open to receive. God can breathe and bring to life His plans and purposes. It is in the place, where striving has ceased, that what seemed to be dead and gone is breathed to life through His power, resurrection, and in His perfect timing. Many of us have a God dream, but...
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