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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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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People can be stubborn too…sometimes for prudent reasons and sometimes for ego or purely for pleasure. The next time you encounter a person who seems impossibly obstinate, examine what their motives are. Perhaps there is fear, insecurity or sincere c… . . . → Read More: Is Obstinance Slowing You Down?
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!
When doing strenuous exercise it is wise to keep your head above your heart so that your brain is getting plenty of oxygen-rich blood flow. I find that principle applies to many other areas of life as well. If we make major decisions primarily guided b… . . . → Read More: Doubting God
Sadly for one family, a woman died on this same Thanksgiving Day. She was an organ donor and a precise match for May, but where was he? The transplant team couldn’t reach him after repeated calls and pages. They tried calling other Mays in the Phoenix … . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving Story
None of them can be authentic right now. Every syllable is being recorded and analyzed to be used as ammunition. Nothing like your own words to tell a negative story, so their words are carefully selected and delivered like Christmas presents. I just w… . . . → Read More: Fed up with Politics
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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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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We’ve all learned to not EVER rely on stars (in music, film or sports) as role models for our little ones. Most are pretty lousy examples even for adults. They all seem to believe their own PR and that their pay checks and popularity give them golden privileges to say and do anything that crosses their minds. It doesn’t matter who’s watching or who will be imitating them.
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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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When was the last time you stopped to think about your identity? As women, we have so many roles! Wife, mother, teacher, pastor, singer, counselor, leader, and much more. Your identity, how you see yourself, has a profound effect on how you live your l… . . . → Read More: The SonFlowerz
When someone hurts you, the enemy wants you to believe that forgiveness doesn’t make sense, that it’s dangerous, idealistic, and unfair. When I was a new believer it wasn’t even on my radar to forgive. I was happy about my relationship with God but there were still people I was mad at.
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Some sitting around and enjoying the scenery is fine, bus tours are great for an over-view but unless you have a disability get out and move! Most of us pack on the pounds while traveling. To prevent this and enhance your trip try hiking the local trai… . . . → Read More: 12 Tips for a Vacation Plan with Less Stress
As you go through your uber-busy day, try to slow down a tenth of a second and pay attention to the humans in your midst. Offer a word of gratitude or admiration. You can do this without interfering with your intended objective. The post Praise and Af… . . . → Read More: Praise and Affirmation Sustain Us
Hallelujah, initially understood in my forming lexicon to mean “Hooray!” was sung with gusto often accompanied by guitar and clapping. Ha-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-jah came wafting out the bus windows as we wound our way up the mountain to summer camp, stretching the potent Hebrew holy word around our happy bursts of prepubescent excitement.
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I sit on a sun-warmed a sandstone shelf in Whatcom County’s Larrabee State Park, overlooking the Sound. I can feel the grit of the friable sandstone under my hand. The rocks arch over me like breaking waves, carved into intriguing crannies and hollows, and pitted with a kind of stone lace where wind and water have whirled tiny grains of sand within concavities until the rock face becomes an example of pure, abstract art.
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God doesn’t work like Google. He sometimes wants us to wait! Can you still find a way to open your heart and mind? Challenge: be amazed by God.
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As I wrote my book, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom, I interviewed moms of children going through the “questioning” stage, the “testing” stage, and the “lack of motivation” stage, to name just a few.
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The time is right for doctors to consider different ways to reduce the need for drugs (e.g., drug holidays, alternate drug regimens) as well as encourage their patients to try noninvasive, evidence-based, holistic regimens including lifestyle changes, … . . . → Read More: Cheers To Your Health