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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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Has a hurtful situation got you down? Today’s guest blogger, delightful Beth Vice, gives hope with her breakthrough story. <><><><><><><><><> Forgiveness is like the rings of a tree—the more we forgive, the more evidence of healthy growth in our lives. Sometimes the rings are thick, when we take advantage of God’s abundant nourishment. Sometimes the rings […]

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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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Have a Spirit-filled Christ-day, filled with Jesus-Joy and the grace of a loving Father! Imagine the possibilities! Love, Lynn, Ben, Jill, Emmy, Tim, 4-year-old Logan, and 1-year-old Paige.

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A few Christmas lights, a cup of cocoa, and a grinning community choir. Dozens of moms and dads wearing knit hats and gloves, tucked beneath rainbow-splashed umbrellas in driving rain, were ready for the tree-lighting ceremony. Saturday evening, my four-year-old grandson, Logan, clip-clopped along in his rain boots. He scrambled onto a concrete wall that […]

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Looking for 8  tips on self-talk to propel you through winter stress? Ready to rid yourself of 3 old, self-destructive habits that make the holidays feel more like hollerdays? Excited to get 5 parenting tips to make this Christmas warmer & more memorable for your children? Find them all here. I’m pleased to extend a […]

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A seven-year-old in the front row of a classroom creases a page into an airplane. He lifts the aircraft, primed for trajectory in my direction, renegade wings thrust from a sleek triangular body, nose a sharp blade of precision. A kid in the back row scowls and snickers. Three weeks ago, I returned to public […]

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​A​t 3:14 ​on Wednesday, a quiet miracle happened on the western bank of the Willamette River. Every Wednesday, I take a block of time to be alone with Jesus. I call it Wordless Wednesday. This week, I settled in on a bench on my favorite path at Willamette Park, where geese ripple back and forth, […]

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Busy in my literary garage with a Black and Decker table saw on the workbench, buzzing and retrofitting planks for my writing platform, I blew out a frustrated breath. I’d received an email that day about a difficult person, and I wasn’t prepared to deal with the tense situation. That night as I lay in […]

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