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Packing Memories

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A sold sign stood proud in our yard on 82nd Street. I sat in the living room surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap as a strange feeling of bliss and panic crawled up my chest. We had less than three weeks to move. After raising our blended family of four children, my husband John and […]

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All Things Beautiful

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These were the words spoken by Gabriel to Mary informing her that she was going to have a baby: The Holy Spirit will come on you and the power of the most high will overshadow you. An interruption. An unplanned pregnancy. A divine conception. God does that a lot. Besides babies, He births other things […]

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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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I hate New Year’s resolutions. I start out with great intentions, but they rarely stick past the first few weeks. So several years ago I quit making resolutions. Instead, I began asking God for a New Year’s Revelation—a word directly from His heart to mine. A word that would empower me to new heights in […]

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Broken on Purpose

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My husband is a tosser. I’m a keeper. Only to hear John’s side, he might say I’m a borderline hoarder. It’s my parents fault. Mom and Dad grew up in the depression. We saved things. Dad’s garage had a ledge neatly lined with fifty Swisher Sweets cigar boxes we might need someday. And my mom—forget […]

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Rejoice When?

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How can you protect yourself from the despair that often blindsides you when unexpected circumstances blow in like a hurricane? One way is to decide in advance how you will respond. Intentionally. Deliberately. No matter what. Rejoice. I know you’ve heard them. The rejoice-when-you-go-through-trials and count-it-all-joy sermons. Usually a hard-pill to swallow in the middle […]

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From Captivity to Command

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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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The Power of Forgiveness

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I ran across this story written by Micah Leydorf the other day. It appeared in Single Parent Support Network’s compilation, Wingspan, Rising Above the Challenges of Single Parenting. Sort of a Chicken Soup anthology of inspiring stories for single parents. Lots of amazing stories! You can check it out on Amazon. I’m very humbled by what Micah’s […]

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Ripping the Mask off Manipulation

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I spent most of my life looking for love, affirmation and identity from relationships. Because I was so desperate, I mean vulnerable—I was easy prey for manipulative men. After all… every manipulator chooses an enabler as their dance partner. After several toxic relationships and later an abusive marriage, I became so angry I hardly recognized […]

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From Vision to Victory

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Recently Phyllis Jenkins with Powerful Journey asked me to be a contributor to her book, From Vision-2-Victory: 26 Successful Strategies to Take your Visions and Dreams to Victory. She asked me to share one successful strategy that has helped me take a vision or dream from beginning to end. I’d encourage you to check out […]

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The CAST Model

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“I knew something was wrong, but I couldn’t put my finger on it,” said Trisha. “All the tell-tale signs were there that Nathan was having an affair, but every time I thought about it, I tried to convince myself that I was wrong. I’d get these pings in my gut. Little things that he’d say […]

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