My Blankie

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1 Today was another rough morning.  I had all the best…

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Power of Silence

I was recently headed to a meeting where I had preoccupied my mind with worry about how it would go.  Who would attend?  How would I act?  And most importantly—what would I say? On the way to that meeting, I happened to glance up at a billboard that read “Never…

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And who knows…..

One of the Bible stories I’ve always found intriguing, partly because my middle name is Esther and partly because of the rags to riches theme, is the story of Queen Esther.  Esther was once an orphaned girl who found herself orchestrating the redemption of her people through a single act…

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Expecting

Sometimes it is hard to understand what someone else is going through in their own little world because it doesn’t make much sense to us based on our personal expectations and experiences so far.  I often find myself judging others when I deem their expectations to be too high or…

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Spring Cleaning

This month marks the beginning of spring.  Typically we associate spring with a good spring cleaning.  But why this season?  The idea of spring cleaning is often associated with a particular climate.  But it has also been tied to different religious traditions, such as the Great Lent in Greek Orthodox…

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Holiday Pain

It seems almost unreal that the holiday season is upon us again.  Sometimes we forget to reflect on what Thanksgiving and Christmas really mean because it’s so easy to get caught up in checking off our long list of things to do.  But there is no doubt that the festivity…

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Push Yourself Up with Praise

In Psalm 13, David says “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and  every day have sorrow in my heart?”  In stark contrast, at the very end  of that same chapter with only 6 verses in all, David says “I will sing  to the Lord, for he has been…

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Messy Purse

I imagine that you probably have a very tidy purse.   I envy the tidy purse people.  How do they do it?  How do they reach into their purse and pull out a perfectly in tact tube of lipgloss and apply it to their lips without first needing to clean the…

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I HATE Discipline.

I hate everything about discipline.  I hate being disciplined.  I hate disciplining.  Since Biblically I’m not supposed to hate, I almost hate people who are disciplined.  I also almost hate people who are not disciplined.  I hate that most good things come through living a disciplined life.  I almost hate people who…

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NOT what I thought.

“Not what I thought” is Googled approximately 135,000 times per month. “What does God think” is Googled approximately 8,000 times per month. We all have recurring moments in our life where we shake our head in slow remorse repeating the thought, “This is NOT what I thought.”  It’s like we…

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