Persevere

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). A couple of weekends ago, sun blazing in the blue sky overhead, my 24-year-old daughter, Emily, five-year-old grandson, Logan, his two-year-old sister, Paige, and I set out for Sauvie’s Island Pumpkin Patch to make a memory. Rosy images of […]

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Nikes primed on my feet, knee bent to the ground, the sole of my foot pressed against the starting block, I spread my fingers onto the coarse track. The starting pistol punctures the morning air with an explosive boom! In the race of life, I wish I could say that I’m so amazing, running with Jesus, […]

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Here’s a bit of fun with Co-Co, my nickname for the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Counselor, who warms you up like a cup of cocoa.   Today the Holy Spirit is highlighting the verse, “He who began a good work in you will complete it” (Phi. 1:6). Today, I’m feeling anything but complete!  I’m meeting […]

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Does the timeline of your life rolls up its sleeves and jeer, “You are sooo behind!”? Maybe it announces, “You should have made a name for yourself by now!”  Does the chiming curmudgeon clock in your heart wag a shaming finger at you, asking where you’ve been? I turned 59 last month and tried to […]

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Do you ever feel like you and your spouse aren’t on the same page? In the same book? Or even in the same library? After 37 years, Tim and I were at odds. We went to the moon and back again discussing money, goals, and long work hours. We were willie-niverred. (I like to make up […]

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Flashback: A doctor at the urgent care clinic ducked into my room. “The CT scan shows blood clots in your lungs,” the doctor said quickly. “We’re transferring you to the hospital—stat.” Minutes later, I showed up at the ER and spent several days at the hospital. A year has gone by since my brush with […]

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Like me, do you play and replay scenes of past events in your mind and wish you could move forward without condemnation? Last week I had an awesome chat with Maxine Marsolini on her program The River Blog Talk Radio. We unearthed the secret of guilt-free living and how guilt, shame and regret have thrust all of […]

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How do we reframe mistakes when we get off-course? Listen to this 2-minute podcast about an unintentional trip I made across the 2,100-foot bridge in Portland. Boy, did that wrong turn set me off! I wish I could say that was the only creative trip I’ve made across the Willamette River, but I’ve done it […]

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Do you have unfulfilled prophecies just waiting to pop? Maybe—just maybe—you have an elephant in the womb. I’ve been hard at work on a book about self-forgiveness. The path of writing a book is a peculiarly circuitous affair. It’s one wild switchback after another producing a dizzying spin of the compass needle. When it seems […]

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When you and I struggle with self-forgiveness, we’ve usually got deep, painful wounds put there by the enemy in the past. Do you want to know how to exact sweet revenge? Tell your story!  At the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland last week, I met the amazing Marlys Johnson, a cancer widow who joyfully writes and […]

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