Forgive Yourself

Join us for a FREE luncheon! Saturday January 18, 2020  at 12 pm Hosted by ARMS  – Abuse Recovery Ministry Services Gateway Church 13300 NE San Rafael St Portland, OR  97230 I’ll be the featured speaker. How can I forgive myself for past mistakes and move on? How can I free myself of guilt for […]

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Friend, are you wrestling with regret, guilt, or shame? Could you use a lap or two in God’s pool of irrational, irrevocable, irreversible grace? Thursday, November 29, my interview on Cheryl Thomas’ talk show God Encounters was aired and I was excited to pray for waves of Christ-love to shift atmospheres.  Watch the 30-minute YouTube […]

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“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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Sometimes. when we get stuck on our spiritual journey, there’s unfinished business. That might come in the form of poor communication with a coworker, an unresolved conflict with a spouse, or a blocked flow with Father God.  When that flow turns into a log jam, I usually can’t hear God’s voice, because I’m stuck in […]

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Shoulda, coulda, woulda. I thought I kicked them to the curb years ago. But it looks like the Huey, Dewey, and Louie of the kingdom of darkness are still kickin’ it. Grrr! Do you second-guess yourself as often as I do? Easter Sunday, Emily and I went to Ben’s church, Beaverton Foursquare Church, to see […]

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In Jesus is a wonderful, reckless, irrational love. Do I deserve it? No. Do I want more of it? Yes. How about you? Allow your soul to soak in the cadence of this song about an unearned, never-ending, reckless God-love that leaves the 99 to pursue you.This is my new favorite song! Reckless Love by Cory […]

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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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When you’re beat up with a sense of inferiority, offense, or shame, where do you turn? I felt validated and encouraged by a few authentic Jesus-loving leaders from my church, Bethesda, who spoke from the heart  at a women’s conference called Reign on March 3. Down-to-earth (pictured left to right) Bree Keel, Libby Louman, Andrea Nelson, […]

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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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When it comes to knowing your identity in Christ, only one thing points you to True North: the Word of God. Friday night, when I returned home from a long day teaching a noisy class, I brought home their frustrations. They’d raised my dander. (Do hares even have dander?) When I chatted with Tim about […]

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