forgiveness

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In a recent standoff with a friend, things got real chill. Not “chill” as in “kicking back” (although something inside me did want to kick him back). Think popsicle in the paw of a polar bear. I imagine I’m auditioning for Elsa in Frozen. Let the storm rage on. I clutch ruthless, resentful emotions to […]

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Hello friends, It was a fun and exciting year. I ‘m eager to share with you my four most popular blog posts in 2014. Want the insider’s track on how to win a cash prize in the 45th Parallel contest, come March 2015?  Pick up a tip or two from the 2014 winners here: Announcing The […]

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“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”  (Psalm 16:6) In part 1, I  realized I needed to forgive a teacher in my neighborhood. God spoke to my heart. He showed me how my heart might be healed. Here are 3 steps He showed me to forgiveness: […]

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Clickety clack! Clickety clack! Clickety-clack! A ten-year old drags an eight-inch long stick over the cedar posts of a fence that flanks the street. Absorbed in her own world, she’s lost in the cadence. Clickety clack! Clickety clack! Clickety clack! The girl takes in the drone of a lawn mower down the street. The smell of […]

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“I know where I came from and where I am going.” (Jesus, in John 8:14, NIV) The morning Ben turned six, he sprang out of bed, breathless with joy the day would hold. Presents, new books,  cupcakes and balloons!  Was this the beginning of a new life of adventure? He raced to his bike to […]

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It was 5:30 on a clear-as-blue-glass-sky June morning. Photographers hailed tethered hot air balloons preparing to launch at the Tigard, Oregon Festival of Balloons. The seventeen heaven-bound balloons beamed at us, every color of the rainbow. Soon, the red, yellow, orange, blue, purple, green, and gold orbs lit up the morning sky. Gas heats air […]

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Tuesday morning, fourteen-year-old freshman soccer player, Emilio Hoffman, was shot to death in the boys’ locker room at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Then the shooter took his own life. The campus is less than a mile from Mount Hood Community College, where my twenty-year-old daughter, Emily, goes to school. A small park called Imagination […]

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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a leading neurologist who writes about the marvelous interaction of the mind, the emotions and the spirit. Today let’s take a peek inside Caroline’s latest book, Switch on Your Brain. “Self-directed neuroplasticity” says deep thinking changes brain structure and function. When we distort love and truth, we wire negativity into our […]

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Last month, I was excited to attend a Caroline Leaf seminar in Portland called The Designed Mind: Thinking and Living Like Royals. My friend, Vicki Norris of Restoring Order, hosted the event. Here are some principles Caroline Leaf shared: “Mind changes matter. You can describe it in terms of physics and quantum physics. “God has given us […]

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What happens in your brain when you hold back forgiveness? What can you do about it? This week let’s take a look at what Dr. Caroline Leaf says in her book The Gift in You. She says that there is a neurochemistry attached to thought clusters which throws our bodies into a chemical frenzy when […]

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