Forgive Yourself

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In last week’s post, I’m back in my college days. It’s crunch time—a Music History 101 exam. In my head, a sinister voice of temptation competes with a quiet voice reminding me to do what’s right. (Click here for part 1.) Do I tough it out on my own? Or “borrow” a couple of answers […]

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At an Oregon Christian Writers Conference last August, I had the pleasure of meeting Cec Murphey, veteran author/co-author of more than 130 books, including the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Today he’s our guest blogger. >~>~>~>~>~>~>~ About a month ago I moved over to the left-turn […]

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“I can’t believe I exploded like that!” I said to myself last weekend. I felt frustrated and trapped in a situation. Then when I got home, I blew my top at Tim. Afterward, I winced. “Yikes! Not again!” We all have moments when the pressure cooker builds up so much, something needs to give. The […]

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Upcoming Events I invite you to hear me speak: Date: Sunday January 20, 2013, 10 a.m. church service Location: Abiding Place Christian Fellowship 4536 NE 116th Ave., Portland, OR, 97220 Come get validated, uplifted, and refreshed by the Holy Spirit in this message about self-acceptance and self-forgiveness.  Afterwards, I’ll be collecting  stories of how you […]

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Here is an easy way to improve your health. When we fail, sometimes we head into a downward spiral. Our unhealthy choices make us frustrated and we talk to ourselves with degrading words, which fuels more unhealthy choices. Where can we change this cycle? In our self-talk. Here are some kind things you can say […]

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Upcoming Events I invite you to hear me speak: Date: Sunday January 20, 2013, 10 a.m. church service Location: Abiding Place Christian Fellowship 4536 NE 116th Ave., Portland, OR, 97220 Come get validated, uplifted, and refreshed by the Holy Spirit in this message about self-acceptance and self-forgiveness.  Afterwards, I’ll be collecting  stories of how you […]

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         How does God see us when we’ve blown it with ourselves? Today’s guest blogger, author and speaker Nancey West, shares insights on self-directed grace.           “There is one person that fails to meet my expectations. As soon as I claim to forgive her, I am reminded of her past injustices accompanied with all the […]

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Three part-time jobs: bird-dogging for a software business, tutoring four kids, and writing while burning the candle at both ends caught up with me. It was eleven at night. I rubbed my eyes with my palms and looked groggily at my computer screen. I was just getting ready to beat myself up for not canvassing […]

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Do you compare yourself with others? Hold up a yardstick to see how you measure up against their strengths? This week, we hear from my friend Bonnie Keller, an experienced and gifted water aerobics instructor (pictured here with her son, Matt). “I struggled with negative thoughts about myself. When I took aerobics,  I had a […]

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Jennifer Rothschild’s books Self-Talk,  Soul Talk, and its companion workbook, Me Myself and Lies, inspire me in my journey to improve my internal dialogue. Jennifer shared in her blog a couple of weeks ago:  How do you become your own consoling counselor when life hands you a big disappointment? 1. Tell yourself, “It is what it is!” […]

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