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Here’s a bit of fun with Co-Co, my nickname for the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Counselor, who warms you up like a cup of cocoa.   Today the Holy Spirit is highlighting the verse, “He who began a good work in you will complete it” (Phi. 1:6). Today, I’m feeling anything but complete!  I’m meeting […]

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After church at Bethesda one Sunday, the Holy Spirit prompted me to give a prophetic word to the pleasant young man I’ll call Andrew who sat beside me.  As I spoke to him, it became increasingly clear that he was blessing me. Andrew described his pursuit of a relationship with a doctor he worked for, and […]

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When you and I struggle with self-forgiveness, we’ve usually got deep, painful wounds put there by the enemy in the past. Do you want to know how to exact sweet revenge? Tell your story!  At the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland last week, I met the amazing Marlys Johnson, a cancer widow who joyfully writes and […]

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And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). (See Part 1 here. ) With a recent kitchen remodel, I inventoried yucks and yays along the way. Here are a few more: Yuck:   Wince. When I turned a stove burner on “high” beneath an empty glass lasagna pan […]

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And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Do you sometimes get on overwhelm with chaos? With a recent kitchen remodel, I thought, So  you throw a few spoons in a box, and life goes on. No big deal, right? Wrong. For two months, our lives were […]

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Today’s post is by Bethany Hayes, second-place winner of the 45th  Parallel Contest 2015. Meet a heart-warming little friend she met on a beach in Florida. <><><><><><><><><> Lessons From a One-Legged Sandpiper Recently, while sitting by the gulf in Northwest Florida, I watched as three sandpipers scurried by. There was something special about one of them. He […]

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For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (James 1:3, NLT) I serve on five prayer teams in my city and want to share with you a secret weapon that shatters five boards with a single kick.  When I pray with people,  it’s often for peace in […]

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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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Are you looking for a book about how to forgive, rich with practical tips and personal, down-to-earth illustrations? I recommend Suzanne Eller’s powerful book, The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness, my favorite about forgiving the unforgivable. The Unburdened Heart explains how to let go of shame and anger and respond instead with godly […]

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Pipe dreams. I thought maybe I’d have the manuscript for my first book in hand by now. But no, there have been a number of setbacks this year, including a painful time of recovery from a car accident in February.  So I asked God for Holy Spirit eyes—how does He view obstacles? Just as they’ve […]

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