Forgive

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Have you experienced setbacks and wished you could turn back the hands of time? Do you struggle with regret? Good news: one simple step will empower you to think more clearly and take back your heart and home. That one act: forgive yourself. When my son, Ben, was an infant, I wrapped my car around […]

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Last Thursday, along with four other authors from the Faith and Culture Writers Connection, I had the chance to speak to inmates in the Oregon State Penitentiary. I encouraged the men to forgive themselves—as each of us needs to—for events in the past.  Here are a couple of highlights. <><><><><><><> God sees us not in terms of our […]

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It’s a good thing grace is at the core of this thing we call faith, I thought to myself. I struggled to worship, even to pray, as I mentally reviewed a list of offenses. An elderly neighbor roared at small children for squealing on their bikes as they rode past his home. A pal didn’t respond […]

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In a recent standoff with a friend, things got real chill. Not “chill” as in “kicking back” (although something inside me did want to kick him back). Think popsicle in the paw of a polar bear. I imagine I’m auditioning for Elsa in Frozen. Let the storm rage on. I clutch ruthless, resentful emotions to […]

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“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”  (Psalm 16:6) In part 1, I  realized I needed to forgive a teacher in my neighborhood. God spoke to my heart. He showed me how my heart might be healed. Here are 3 steps He showed me to forgiveness: […]

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Clickety clack! Clickety clack! Clickety-clack! A ten-year old drags an eight-inch long stick over the cedar posts of a fence that flanks the street. Absorbed in her own world, she’s lost in the cadence. Clickety clack! Clickety clack! Clickety clack! The girl takes in the drone of a lawn mower down the street. The smell of […]

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“I know where I came from and where I am going.” (Jesus, in John 8:14, NIV) The morning Ben turned six, he sprang out of bed, breathless with joy the day would hold. Presents, new books,  cupcakes and balloons!  Was this the beginning of a new life of adventure? He raced to his bike to […]

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It was 5:30 on a clear-as-blue-glass-sky June morning. Photographers hailed tethered hot air balloons preparing to launch at the Tigard, Oregon Festival of Balloons. The seventeen heaven-bound balloons beamed at us, every color of the rainbow. Soon, the red, yellow, orange, blue, purple, green, and gold orbs lit up the morning sky. Gas heats air […]

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Tuesday morning, fourteen-year-old freshman soccer player, Emilio Hoffman, was shot to death in the boys’ locker room at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Then the shooter took his own life. The campus is less than a mile from Mount Hood Community College, where my twenty-year-old daughter, Emily, goes to school. A small park called Imagination […]

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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a leading neurologist who writes about the marvelous interaction of the mind, the emotions and the spirit. Today let’s take a peek inside Caroline’s latest book, Switch on Your Brain. “Self-directed neuroplasticity” says deep thinking changes brain structure and function. When we distort love and truth, we wire negativity into our […]

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