Archive | adversity

From Captivity to Command

My heart is burdened for friends who are going through tragedies, depression and divorce but it was a text from a dear friend with shocking news of a recent murder that had me crying out to God in prayer. At first, all I could manage to get out was, “Jesus… Jesus… Jesus… Jesus… Jesus.” Friend, […]

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3 Ways to Defend Yourself Against Sarcasm

Have you ever fallen prey to sarcastic people? Sarcasm is a powerful weapon, but often so well disguised that we don’t recognize it until we have battle wounds that need healing. Sarcastic people often minimize the effects of sarcasm by saying, “I was only joking,” or “Don’t be so sensitive.” Sarcasm may seem innocent, but […]

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What is Your When Then?

In our performance driven world, even as Christian women who love the Lord, often we put aside our joy until we feel we’ve earned the right to have it. Amanda is tired every day. Tired of potty training. Tired of taking little Ethan back and forth to the toilet, especially for false alarms. “It seems […]

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A New Year's Revelation

Earlier this month John told me he was ditching his plans to write a New Year’s resolution. I couldn’t believe my ears. My man of no-compromise was bowing out of the game. “What’s up with that?” I asked. “Resolutions only last a month or so,” he sighed. “What I really need is a New Year’s […]

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How Healthy is Your Imagination?

Be strong and very courageous…Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:6a,7). If someone could look inside your mind, what would they find? Would […]

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The Place Between Your Dream and Destiny

Do you have scriptures you don’t like? I have one. I’ve previously written about my aversion to what I call my boomerang verse. No matter how many times I try to ignore it, it keeps coming back: Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 37:10).      This scripture has guilt inducing properties for […]

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Does God Have Fingerprints?

This week a tragic fire took the lives of three small children in a Del City RV fire. Little Christopher, Crystal and Kailey were the grandchildren of Crystal Chappell, one of my Whiz Kid’s tutors at Destiny Church. I wasn’t sure what the emotional climate would be like when I arrived at my site today, […]

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Is Love Really Blind?

Years ago, marriage arrangements were supervised, but in our culture it’s common for men and women to jump into relationships and make their own decisions regarding marriage without considering advice from friends and family. As a result, I often receive prayer requests for troubled marriages.   Marriage is the single most important contract and commitment we […]

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