Forgive Yourself

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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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A seven-year-old in the front row of a classroom creases a page into an airplane. He lifts the aircraft, primed for trajectory in my direction, renegade wings thrust from a sleek triangular body, nose a sharp blade of precision. A kid in the back row scowls and snickers. Three weeks ago, I returned to public […]

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​A​t 3:14 ​on Wednesday, a quiet miracle happened on the western bank of the Willamette River. Every Wednesday, I take a block of time to be alone with Jesus. I call it Wordless Wednesday. This week, I settled in on a bench on my favorite path at Willamette Park, where geese ripple back and forth, […]

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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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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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