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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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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re stuck emotionally? You feel like your mental energies are drained and you’re shouldering a […]

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On a brisk Saturday walk with Tim on a street that flanks the Willamette River. I lifted my foot to take a step and suddenly recoiled. “Look! A snake in the road!” Tim said, “Where?” “Right here! See?! I pointed to a snake the same color as the street. A sort of dead snake. Okay, […]

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I’m so excited. All these years I thought maybe God wanted us to keep a respectful distance from our friends’ loot. But then I found a teensy loophole, just big enough to slide a needle through. It seems that “Thou shalt not steal” applies to standards of everyday living sort of. Sometimes. Maybe. I struggled with […]

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In deep communion with the Holy Spirit, I saw a display of His power. The mighty rush of a river That ricocheted from one bank to the other A switchback coursing the side of a mountain. The sound of the swishing rose and fell In cadence with Christ’s heartbeat. From the stream that danced And rippled and […]

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Have you experienced setbacks and wished you could turn back the hands of time? Do you struggle with regret? Good news: one simple step will empower you to think more clearly and take back your heart and home. That one act: forgive yourself. When my son, Ben, was an infant, I wrapped my car around […]

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Today’s post, Come Up Here, features third place winner (tied) of the 2016 45th Parallel Contest, Victoria Boyd. Vic is a phenomenal writer whose passion for Christ comes out brilliantly in everything she does, even as she directs us to pray from the throne room of God. <><><><><><><> After having had an extended break from hiking […]

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 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19, NIV). Today’s post presents the third-place winner (tied) of The 45th Parallel Contest 2016. A Picture of […]

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I’m super-excited to present the second place entry of the 2016  45th Parallel Contest. Here’s the incredible story of baby Emalee Echols. Her mom, winner Joanna Echols, is senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Does Emmy’s warm-hearted smile lift your spirits? It sure warms my heart and soul! Congratulations, Joanna and Emmy! […]

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I’m excited to share today’s post, the first place winner of The 45th Parallel Contest 2016. Glory! is by phenomenal photographer and writer Lynette Roth. Lynette took first place in last year’s contest, too. Congratulations, Lynette! Way to go! <><><><><><><> My mother asked me, worriedly, “What do I have to do today?” I told her she […]

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