Overcome

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I got a Facebook message from Jesus yesterday. “Happy New Year! Way to go, peacemaker. You’re an amazing child of God.” My eyebrows shot up. “Are you talking to me?  Peacemaker?” “Yep.” I chuckled. My name’s more accurately spelled “p-i-e-c-e  m-a-k-e-r,” because when I cut loose with selfishness and anger, I leave a trail of […]

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Graham Cooke, international author and speaker, encourages us to take a step back and inventory this year’s growth: “It’s a good thing, I think, between Christmas and New Year just to take stock of this year, “What did I learn? What did I face? Who did I become? Who is new in my life that I […]

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Hello friends, It was a fun and exciting year. I ‘m eager to share with you my four most popular blog posts in 2014. Want the insider’s track on how to win a cash prize in the 45th Parallel contest, come March 2015?  Pick up a tip or two from the 2014 winners here: Announcing The […]

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Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  (Romans 8: 33, 34, NIV) […]

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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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This week I’m pleased to announce the first international 45th Paralleler for this blog—delightful Liz Herrington, from Cambridgeshire, England, on the 52nd parallel.  Liz writes: I took this picture a few weeks ago.  The moat of the Tower is full of ceramic poppies, one for every British serviceman who died in the Great War.  The […]

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Has Jesus walked a mile in your Nikes? Can He really connect with the pain in your circumstances? Saturday, on a spontaneous hike, I threaded the eye of a needle—a walkway tunnel that opened up to a gravel path. As I trod the trail at Oaks Bottom Park, gravel crunched beneath my feet. Because I’d […]

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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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As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. (Psalm 119:143, NLT) The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord . . . (Psalms 97:5, NKJV) What can you do when circumstances get out of control and stress overpowers you? Don’t you wish you could make problems […]

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