Forgive Yourself

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re stuck emotionally? You feel like your mental energies are drained and you’re shouldering a […]

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I’m so excited. All these years I thought maybe God wanted us to keep a respectful distance from our friends’ loot. But then I found a teensy loophole, just big enough to slide a needle through. It seems that “Thou shalt not steal” applies to standards of everyday living sort of. Sometimes. Maybe. I struggled with […]

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In deep communion with the Holy Spirit, I saw a display of His power. The mighty rush of a river That ricocheted from one bank to the other A switchback coursing the side of a mountain. The sound of the swishing rose and fell In cadence with Christ’s heartbeat. From the stream that danced And rippled and […]

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Have you experienced setbacks and wished you could turn back the hands of time? Do you struggle with regret? Good news: one simple step will empower you to think more clearly and take back your heart and home. That one act: forgive yourself. When my son, Ben, was an infant, I wrapped my car around […]

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“Come with Me to a quiet place and get some rest” (Jesus, in Mark 6:31). When we get on overload, what’s the best response we can make to pressing demands? How do we sort out and manage our time? Here’s a tip.

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“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (Jesus, in John 14:26). This has been a week to remember. Or maybe to forget! In the middle of a kitchen remodel, the noise and […]

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Last Thursday, along with four other authors from the Faith and Culture Writers Connection, I had the chance to speak to inmates in the Oregon State Penitentiary. I encouraged the men to forgive themselves—as each of us needs to—for events in the past.  Here are a couple of highlights. <><><><><><><> God sees us not in terms of our […]

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In a recent standoff with a friend, things got real chill. Not “chill” as in “kicking back” (although something inside me did want to kick him back). Think popsicle in the paw of a polar bear. I imagine I’m auditioning for Elsa in Frozen. Let the storm rage on. I clutch ruthless, resentful emotions to […]

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Hello friends, It was a fun and exciting year. I ‘m eager to share with you my four most popular blog posts in 2014. Want the insider’s track on how to win a cash prize in the 45th Parallel contest, come March 2015?  Pick up a tip or two from the 2014 winners here: Announcing The […]

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Have you ever wondered what happens in your little gray cells and the tangible, measurable  thoughts that flow through them when you forgive? And what happens when you don’t forgive? This 4-part blog series explores what happens in your brain as reported by Dr. Caroline Leaf. Caroline  is a communication pathologist and audiologist who has worked […]

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