Overcome

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“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17, NIV) Fireworks over the Willamette River. A flag appears in the cascading sparks.  ~ As passion-hearted disciples of Christ, we follow after a loving God who continuously declares freedom over us. Our Father doesn’t chain us to legalistic rules. He sets us […]

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In last week’s post, I’m back in my college days. It’s crunch time—a Music History 101 exam. In my head, a sinister voice of temptation competes with a quiet voice reminding me to do what’s right. (Click here for part 1.) Do I tough it out on my own? Or “borrow” a couple of answers […]

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Back in my college days, it was crunch time—the Music History 101 exam. I set my books on the concrete floor of the spacious arena classroom and glance up at the clock. A short minute or two to mentally review the eras of music. Medieval. Renaissance. Baroque. Classical. Romantic. Contemporary. Sure, I know the names, but […]

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What does God call us to do when we experience tension in personal conflicts? (For last week’s tips, #1-4, click here.) 5.)  Forgive those involved. Take a few minutes and make a mental list of whom you need to forgive. Breathe out resentment. Breathe in forgiveness. 6.)  Speak present-future over one another. Acknowledge the contributions […]

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Here’s my favorite quote from Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theater and films: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. “Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. […]

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Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21, ESV) Playing miniature golf with Tim, I shaded my eyes with my hand, looking at the double-backed twisty-shaped loop that lay ahead. I frowned. “This hole is really hard!” I said.  It took me six strokes to complete the hole. “Hey,” I said, […]

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Can you find these words in your dictionary? Willie-niverred (adj.)– stuck, unable to move forward, at a complete halt, tied up in an emotional knot. Cahooch (interjection) – Wow, I’m advancing! Ok, I made them up. But willie-niverred just sounds like how I feel sometimes. All jumbled inside. Unable to get unstuck. You stumble, yawning, […]

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Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. (Prov. 19:21, NIV) BREAKTHROUGH!  After thirteen years of chronic pain, with debilitating cycles of fibromyalgia, I was pain-free! Friends and family prayed me out of the pit of muscle pain and sleeplessness for thirteen years. Then, in June 2011, […]

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As overcomers in Christ, we literally change the atmosphere with our words. So what should we say? Steve Backlund, author, speaker, leadership developer and associate pastor from Bethel Church, in Redding, California shares these powerful declarations.  Speak these over yourself, your family, coworkers, neighbors, friends (and enemies). Put them on the mirrors in your home […]

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You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13) Following the crash, crunch, shatter of a car accident three weeks ago, I found myself in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital. I closed my eyes and looked for God’s face. I […]

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