overcoming

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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Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs (Psalm 100:1,2). Ever have an Alexander-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day and wonder how to “flip” your day or week mid-chaos? Last week I did. Here’s how I refused the enemy’s stomp-around. I was weak with an infection for two weeks. I set up a […]

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As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. (Psalm 119:143, NLT) The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord . . . (Psalms 97:5, NKJV) What can you do when circumstances get out of control and stress overpowers you? Don’t you wish you could make problems […]

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But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:57) In Part 1, we looked at a couple of ways to reframe loss in terms of how God sees it. Sometimes circumstances wear us down. For the last month, I’ve been recovering from a spill in which […]

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An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules (2 Timothy 2:5) Have you ever embarked on the adventure of a new game? The instructions begin: “The object of the game is to . . .” win the most cards. Lose the most cards. Make it first to the finish line. End up […]

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Tim and I are taking a brisk Saturday walk down a street close to the river. I lift my foot to take a step and suddenly recoil. “Look! A snake in the road!” Tim says, “Where?” “Right here! See?! I point to a snake the same color as the street. A sort of dead snake. […]

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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) BREAKTHROUGH!  After thirteen years of chronic pain, with debilitating cycles of fibromyalgia, I was pain-free! Friends and family prayed me out of the pit of muscle pain and sleeplessness for thirteen years. Then, in June 2011, […]

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As overcomers in Christ, we literally change the atmosphere with our words. So what should we say? Steve Backlund, author, speaker, leadership developer and associate pastor from Bethel Church, in Redding, California shares these powerful declarations.  Speak these over yourself, your family, coworkers, neighbors, friends (and enemies). Put them on the mirrors in your home […]

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A couple of weeks ago, we left poor Sylvia Rogers cowering before a fierce dragon. People, I hope you haven’t lost any sleep over this cliff-hanger. In the last couple of weeks, I was warding off some pretty gnarly dragons of my own. Sylvia, we didn’t forget about you. We just left a bookmark in […]

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Does dealing with negative emotions seem daunting to you? It did for popular author and speaker Sylvia Rogers. Today she shares her day of reckoning. >~>~>~>~>~>~>~> “’I have forgiven all who have wronged me.’ Can you truthfully state this?” asked the instructor of a three-day introspective seminar, Tools for Emotional Healing. Our assignment: to do […]

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