Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 (NIV) Good is all about adding VALUE. Evil is all about de-VALUING. There’s a ton of evil out there. The world is full of people who excel at demeaning, dehumanizing, and destroying. It’s tempting to lower ourselves to that same level. Our…

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The book of Proverbs is filled with relational wisdom. From start to finish there are nuggets of truth that, if put into practice, will strengthen any relationship. Not only is relational wisdom needed in the church, workplace, and community but also, and most importantly, in our homes. If we can’t honor each other within our…

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Waiting is one of the most difficult of all the spiritual disciplines.  In our hurried, driven, fast-paced culture we have lost the art of waiting well. If there’s a long line at Target, we move over to self-checkout. If there’s a long line at the Starbucks drive-through, we sigh and wonder if we should run…

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I was recently asked to do an interview about my personal journey with breast cancer on one of Moody’s radio stations. As I prepared for that interview, God reminded me of all I learned through my breast cancer experience. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, I thought I’d share some of those lessons here…

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I’m the sentimental type so I love to look back through photo albums from when my kids were little. As I look at the images, it reminds me of stories… Stories of God’s faithfulness, stories of God’s provision, stories of God healing, stories of God faithfully leading.  The Psalmist Asaph looked back as well. Not…

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Relationships make up the fabric of our lives. We are called to live in community with God and love others. Early church fathers defined true spirituality as loving well. Yet, our relationships are so often broken. Fractured by hurt feelings, disappointments, and angry words, we often dig in our heels, become defensive, and point the…

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“We are completely filled with GOD as Christ’s fullness overflows within us.” Colossians 2:10 I am in Christ and Christ is in me. We are tethered together. Bonded. Fused. Inseparably intertwined. I am a novice when it comes to appreciating the magnitude of this truth.  This I get: Because I am in Christ and Christ…

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Renewable energy is all the buzz right now. Renewable energy creates and sustains electricity – which keeps the lights on – with less environmental impact. In the spiritual realm, what keeps the lights on in our relationship with Christ? What gives us sustaining energy for the long haul of serving Christ? The key is to…

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Most of us talk too much! As an extrovert, that seems to be my life story. Sigh! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked God to set a guard over my mouth! Peter, a disciple of Jesus, had this problem as well. Gotta love Peter, right? He was constantly putting his foot in…

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I learned a long time ago the value of a good self-management meeting, especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed or fearful. The only attendee (other than God) at my self-management meeting is me! In our times, there are lots of reasons to feel overwhelmed and fearful. We’ve had our fair share of natural disasters. We see…

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