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True Romance in 21st Century Life

That’s the way we’re wired and it’s no mistake because all those things are according to God’s model for romance and marriage. But in order to achieve this picture-perfect design, there is one major requirement: Two people who are willing to hold up their end of the equation. Many women don’t get that. They want the fabulous leading man but don’t see that instead of being the leading lady, they’re the lazy, sarcastic, self-absorbed side-kick. Or maybe they have good hearts but aren’t really putting in the time and energy it takes to keep their end of the teeter totter off the ground.

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Fight for Focus

If you realize your focus is being pulled from what’s honestly significant to things that don’t have lasting value or add to your contentment, maybe it’s time to make some changes.

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Waiting and Wondering or Reacting and Regretting

Beginning a new year is a great time to look at life as it is and consider some possibilities of how it could be. It’s easy to put this off and wait until later…but sometimes it seems that much of our life is spent waiting. In a small sense we wait in line for a vanilla latte, we wait for our car to fill up with gas, we wait for the cable guy to show up (between 8 and 12…ha! usually it’s 12:10).

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Let God Speak!

Does your prayer time seem a little lack-luster on occasion? I know mine does. God wants to hear from us. He expects us to show up and delights in the minutes we give solely to him. But once in a while it starts to feel a bit contrived and obligatory….. . . . → Read More: Let God Speak!

Thankful for Family? Some are Hurting, but Here’s Help

Many people say that their family is the most important thing in their lives. But in reality they live as though their job or their own personal pleasures are far more important. Investing in your marriage and family takes lots of time and tremendous effort. But the result is so rewarding and fulfilling.

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Temptation Trail

What are you aiming to get or longing for in your life? Are you pursing it on the Righteous Road or are you on the Temptation Trail? Just remember, you’ll likely get there either way, but the outcome and fulfillment may be dramatically different.

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Out with the Old

Most importantly, model and teach your children this lesson. Don’t give them a new toy the minute the old one breaks or becomes boring. Avoid replacing their cell phone because it doesn’t have all the latest features. Help them understand that THINGS have value because they are the result of hard work.

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Life is Simply Complicated

About a dozen women ranging in age from late 20s to early 80s showed up at a Bible study I’m co-facilitating. The study is about simplifying your life and learning to declutter your world. When I chose the terrific book (Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald) I was kinda thinking we’d focus on trying to […]

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Widow’s Might

My friend Kim Knight lost her husband unexpectedly and, after getting back up from being knocked flat, she wrote this book to help others who are dealing with the challenges of being a widow(er). Check out this little post and excerpt. I bet you know someone who can use this! I’m excited to share my […]

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Show Your Soul

Please don’t pretend you can’t relate. I know only a teensy few women that are 100% comfortable with themselves, in every circumstance and with any person. If you’re one of them: Slow. Clap. Hooray for you because you’ve figured it out. Or maybe you haven’t, but you’ve just got me fooled?

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Distracted by Worry and Fear

Isn’t that how life so often is? There is surprising beauty, abundant love and free-flowing joy all around us but we don’t appreciate it (or even notice) because we are distracted by worry and fear. Thoughts like, What if it’s cancer?… How will I get through this awful thing?…

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