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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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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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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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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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Jesus is the greatest comic who ever lived. I make constant sweeps for His humor. But crocodile-infested waters are far from fun. With a string of flared conflicts between Tim and me last week, I sobered over a financial talk that thrust us into bone-crunching contention. We entered into a yelling match. The whistling tea kettle […]

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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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When it comes to your thought life, how can you make the shift from mega-stress to peace? I spend several hours each Wednesday afternoon alone with Christ on what I call “Wordless Wednesdays.” Here deep cries to deep in the roar of the sweep of God’s waterfalls. His waves and His breakers sweep over me […]

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Friend, right now I’m reflecting on the impact your stories have on the world. For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live […]

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