encourage

I bounced up to the podium in the conference room at last week’s Toastmasters meeting. “Get lost!” I announced. “I hope you get lost.” I launched into a story about getting lost in a corn maze at a pumpkin patch in October. I delivered the speech, leaning into lyric poetry, sure I was on a roll. “The […]

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I like to give people a word of comfort and counsel. Exodus 19:5 says that we are God’s peculiar treasures. That means that He never wastes pain. Never. He calls forward the treasure in us, and that means that sometimes He uses something painful that has happened in our past, so we can turn around […]

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So what happens when Mrs. Hare spots a cute little hamster across a classroom and scoops up the little fellow? She zooms him around the room, belting out “A Whole New World,” much to the merriment of the third grade class. Have a bit of fun with Co-Co and play around with spontaneous Jesus-joy!  How […]

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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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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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Here are the 5 most popular blog posts that appeared in my blog this year. A “Brush With Death!  Lung Clot Trouble”   How did Jesus rescue me from the jaw-crunching crocodile of death? How do you shut out regret in your head sneering, “Shoulda coulda woulda”?     “Go Crowd Surfing!”    When you struggle […]

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In Part 1, we took a look at benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  Here are some practical steps you can take to help you be more mindful of your mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Take these mindfulness steps and see your self-forgiveness and self-acceptance grow. Check in with your body regularly. My daughter Emily […]

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Sometimes the worst self-talk sneaks into our heads. Like a fox in a henhouse, it quietly pads in, baring its canines to unsuspecting prey. Look out! What kind of meshing is this coup constructed of?  For most of us, it’s stress. Boy, am I familiar with stress! Because of a recent brush with death when I […]

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When the needle on the stress-o-meter goes haywire, how do you recalibrate your trajectory? When you need to forgive yourself, but feel stuck in the past, how do you move forward? I recently I found myself contending with doubt, fear, and discouragement. I felt agitated and needed help in the stagnant reeds of skepticism and […]

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Last week, I saw Wonder Woman with my best friend. The action-packed movie was filled with adventures of Wonder Woman, Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. She leaves her home for the first time and fights in a war to end all wars, along the way discovering her full powers […]

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