When You’re Being Bombarded By The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda: How To Have “No Regrets”

When You’re Being Bombarded By The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda: How To Have “No Regrets”

I posted the blog on Sunday to encourage parents, and some time after hitting “Publish,” I thought there might be a reader who was “past parenting” and who hadn’t had the grace to sow gospel seeds into their children. And now the time has passed, not to be regained. I know the sting of regret, and now it’s antidote. I struggled DEEPLY with regret for several years. After those couple of years of “running in the desert,” seemingly unable to cope with everyday life; I…

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Staying The Course For Parents

Staying The Course For Parents

I had the chance a few weeks ago to join my daughter in tucking my grandsons into bed.  After they said their prayers, they asked me to pray. [I KNOW!!!] So I prayed over them, and prayed a prayer that I’ve probably prayed more times than any other prayer for my own children. “Lord Jesus, help them to love you with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to follow you faithfully, not turning to the right or the…

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My #WarriorBoots Weekend

My #WarriorBoots Weekend

If you read my last post, you know I high-tailed it out of here last weekend, and not without a fight, to a retreat in North Carolina. But you likely don’t know how it came to be [and why in the world] would I fly all the way to NC for a short weekend retreat? I’ve known of our hostess, Lisa Whittle, since my first trip to She Speaks in 2008, where I picked up one of her books.  I…

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Where I’ve Been & Where I’m Going * Thoughts on Loneliness & Friendship

Where I’ve Been & Where I’m Going * Thoughts on Loneliness & Friendship

For a week I’ve been “under the weather” as they say . . . and currently kicking at the Southern snowy weather (and any rising fears) with my faith. Having spent hours yesterday rearranging flights due to cancellation of my connecting flight in North Carolina, I have three hours to wait here at MSP this morning. Then a 45 mn slot in Chicago to catch my new connecting flight. Prayers appreciated. 🙂 I paid an extra $22. for a seat…

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Behold, The Light Has Come!

Behold, The Light Has Come!

    The Son comes in, but can you see? Grace has come to rescue thee? Jesus born to free us, To shine Light on darkest mind, Expose the dank of prison, Illumine, unbound blind. Not to judge the prisoner, For the dark already is. But to free us from it, This is Heaven’s gift. Jesus, light of the world, You see into my soul – Truth scrape out impurity, Pure blood, make me whole. Jesus, tie me, tether me…

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Light Can Hurt – But Never Flee From It When You Can Be Carried Straight Up In It!

Light Can Hurt – But Never Flee From It When You Can Be Carried Straight Up In It!

Twenty two month old Elliot winced when I shone the dim light on his little face, eyes squinted closed, head turned to the side. He had awakened before the sun and I did not want to wake his brother, so I went in after him using the dim light of my phone. I scooped him up quickly, and stopped in the bathroom to brush his teeth. [Who knew babies had morning breath?!] I flicked on the light and he dropped his…

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Advent: Seeing God Who Fully Sees

Advent: Seeing God Who Fully Sees

So often I want to get at least glimpse into my future, to see what’s up ahead. After all,  the worry that so often surfaces? It’s from not knowing, but having a desire to control the future. How much better prepared  I could be if I knew what was up ahead . . . How much less I’d have to rely on God if I could see the future clearly . . . [Have mercy on this faithless child when I…

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My Restless, Sleepless Nights and Advent Blessings

My Restless, Sleepless Nights and Advent Blessings

The curse had come, a pronouncement of great pain as her body labored to break open for the entrance of a new little human, the curse that extended to all of Eve’s daughters. Another curse followed, that of painful toil in working the earth, a strain promised in the overseeing occupation of Adam and his sons. Advent: Waiting for the arrival. Waiting for the coming. In one week, all of my people were in advent and in labor. They were…

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Discerning And Deactivating The Devil In This Spiritual War

Discerning And Deactivating The Devil In This Spiritual War

The deVIL[e] has been scheming. Oh, it’s true alright. . . he has never ceased in seeking to steal, kill and deSTROY God’s beloved. But he’s been maybe more cunning, more strategic of late. Obviously his deMONS have been busy in this land of de-VISION. We’ve been told he is like a roaring lion, seeking someone to deVOUR. 1 Peter 5:8 That we should be self-controlled and alert. But he has many of us on the deFENSIVE toward our fellow man….

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Feeling It – It’s Inevitable In A War Zone . . . FEAR: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Feeling It – It’s Inevitable In A War Zone . . . FEAR: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

I’ve not kept it hidden, my battle with the ugly monster named FEAR. Most often it feels  demonic. I’ve been shamed for feeling it, both from the voice of my own soul, and from others, intended or not, who are far more full of faith than I am. Or are they? I might feel fearless in the face of some looming threat, and fall prey to fear in the face of something else two days later. It’s easy for me to…

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