self-love

Flashback: A doctor at the urgent care clinic ducked into my room. “The CT scan shows blood clots in your lungs,” the doctor said quickly. “We’re transferring you to the hospital—stat.” Minutes later, I showed up at the ER and spent several days at the hospital. A year has gone by since my brush with […]

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When it comes to self-talk, a key variable is the questions we ask ourselves. Last week on Facebook I asked, “What is a typical question you ask when you dialogue with yourself?” Below are the 32 responses. Wool-gathering: Where’s my keys? Now what did I come in here for? LOL Why did I come into this room […]

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“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1). Do you get exasperated with yourself when you blow it? Do you wish you could relax expectations and lower the bar?

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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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Goobers and Raisinets Chocolate-covered treats Raisinets and Goobers Mighty fun to eat! “How about some Goobers?” I asked my friends as I stood in line with them at the movies. “Goobers! Sure! Let’s get some Raisinets, too!” After we got our tickets, we made our way to the concession stand. The smell of salty popcorn […]

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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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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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         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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