Archive | adversity

Mount St. Christy


The other day I wrote about how God knit my heart together with John on January 28, 1998. This single revelation is what has kept us together when times got tough. Before we got married I thought John was perfect. We’ll never argue, I thought. The bliss of love kept me smothered in romantic ignorance… […]

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Cloudy with a Chance of Bling


“I can’t make it to Titus 2 today. I’ll meet up with you at church,” I told John. I didn’t think I could contain the emotions that felt like they would burst at any moment. I didn’t think I could manage to talk to anyone without unleashing the bucket of tears I was trying to […]

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Airing My Dirty Laundry


My last post was about bitterness and how important it is to guard our heart. Today, I want to give you a real life example about how I first learned to guard my heart. If you’d rather call it boundaries, that’s fine, too, but scripture is clear: It’s our duty to put ourselves in a position where we’re not vulnerable to bitterness. […]

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4 Secret Weapons to Preventing Bitterness

bitterness destroys the soul

Did you know bitterness is a poison? Bitterness not only affects our emotions, but left untreated, the toxins produced by bitterness eventually seep into our body as well. Resentment can cause all kinds of physical ailments. In her book, Who Switched Off My Brain? Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions, Dr. Caroline Leaf reports, “A massive […]

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Rock Solid


“And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock” (Matt 16:17 Message). Alan didn’t know his father would die from a heart attack at age 39. If he had, maybe he would have bit his tongue. “I hate you!” he declared one day in anger. The words […]

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Double Trouble


It is for freedom that Christ set you free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourself be burdened again with the yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).   “Hey, Mom! D’ya miss me?” Garrett said as he swung open the door and dropped his bags on the floor.  “Of course I did! Did you miss […]

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Erase & Replace


We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2Cor 10:5).   Sobbing, I dialed my Al-Anon sponsor’s number. Between sniffles I told her the horrible things my husband screamed at me. “Why won’t he cherish me?” […]

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Two-Time Loser


    He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him (Ps 91:15).    If you’ve ever been a teacher’s pet, you may have noticed—the only one who likes you…is the teacher. Kids probably made fun of you behind your back. […]

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