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On a brisk Saturday walk with Tim on a street that flanks the Willamette River. I lifted my foot to take a step and suddenly recoiled. “Look! A snake in the road!” Tim said, “Where?” “Right here! See?! I pointed to a snake the same color as the street. A sort of dead snake. Okay, […]

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I’m so excited. All these years I thought maybe God wanted us to keep a respectful distance from our friends’ loot. But then I found a teensy loophole, just big enough to slide a needle through. It seems that “Thou shalt not steal” applies to standards of everyday living sort of. Sometimes. Maybe. I struggled with […]

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In deep communion with the Holy Spirit, I saw a display of His power. The mighty rush of a river That ricocheted from one bank to the other A switchback coursing the side of a mountain. The sound of the swishing rose and fell In cadence with Christ’s heartbeat. From the stream that danced And rippled and […]

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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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“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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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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