growth

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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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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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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Like me, do you play and replay scenes of past events in your mind and wish you could move forward without condemnation? Last week I had an awesome chat with Maxine Marsolini on her program The River Blog Talk Radio. We unearthed the secret of guilt-free living and how guilt, shame and regret have thrust all of […]

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Do you have unfulfilled prophecies just waiting to pop? Maybe—just maybe—you have an elephant in the womb. I’ve been hard at work on a book about self-forgiveness. The path of writing a book is a peculiarly circuitous affair. It’s one wild switchback after another producing a dizzying spin of the compass needle. When it seems […]

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27). Do you sometimes spend extended time with Jesus, but there are no goose bumps? That’s what happened with me a couple of weeks ago in Sisters, Oregon at Long […]

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Graham Cooke, international author and speaker, encourages us to take a step back and inventory this year’s growth: “It’s a good thing, I think, between Christmas and New Year just to take stock of this year, “What did I learn? What did I face? Who did I become? Who is new in my life that I […]

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Today’s guest blog post was written by one of two first-place winners of The 45th Parallel Contest. Talented photographer and writer Nancey West shares with us a spiritual parallel about a hyacinth she spotted between daylily leaves in her yard. ~>~>~>~>~>~> Following a cold, a snowy winter I stood on my deck and soaked up […]

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Today’s blog post is one of two first-place winners of The 45th Parallel Contest. Talented photographer and writer Joanna Echols is senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. >~>~>~>~>~>~>~>            What I’m about to tell you is true. Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it […]

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Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Prov. 19:21, NIV) It’s been a somewhat taxing year, following a car accident in February. I cracked the sideview mirror on our new Honda.  Picked up a fender bender in the parking lot of a Starbucks. Missed a freeway […]

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