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Decisions

Making Decisions How do you make a decision? Every day we make dozens of them, with no conscious thought: take the vitamins; flip the light switch; flush the toilet. If I don’t take my morning vitamins then I might find myself sluggish that afternoon. Annoying but not life-threatening. Forget to turn the light on before…

With Thanksgiving on Our Lips

Life can be overwhelming. Sometimes the Lord gives us what feels like way more than we can handle. Recently I found myself dealing with an elderly mother-in-law in palliative care, a mentally ill family member refusing needed treatment for a physical problem, and an emotionally challenged member struggling with consequences – some from her decisions…

Banishing “But”

We need to virtually banish the word but from our vocabulary. But can be okay, occasionally showing up with a positive slant on things. Unfortunately, but frequently shows up with its pal if or worse, with its two best friends, what if. But and but what if can wreck havoc in the heart and mind.…

Forty Days

Ash Wednesday, Lent: Forty Days till Easter. Many will choose to fast something, remembering Christ’s time in the wilderness, His time of prayer, fasting and temptation immediately preceding the beginning of His ministry. Often we abstain from a favorite treat, like chocolate, ice cream or some other goody we enjoy. Yesterday we heard a sermon…

Testing Gravity

Have you ever watched a small child experimenting with gravity? My nine-month-old granddaughter has recently begun using a sippy cup. She’s very proud of herself! Likes to hold her yellow cup by one pink handle, throws her head way back to drain the very last drop. But before she gets to that last drop, she…

Fixing Things

As women, when we see a need or a problem, often our first response is to “fix it;” fill the need, solve the problem. Years ago the Lord showed me a pressing need, heavy on His heart. It was a need I was aware of, but hadn’t really considered. I assumed I needed to do…

Comparison

We often fall into comparison, wanting to be “like” another person or have something(s) “like” someone else’s. It occurred to me that this curse has its roots in the Garden. When the serpent approached Eve tempting her to eat from the forbidden tree he said: “‘For God knows that in the day you eat from…

Wiring

We sat watching a new favorite television show. It’s an ongoing story of elite soldiers, their work and its impact on them and their families. I use to shy away from such dramas, but Your word tells me that You have had “valiant warriors” and “mighty men” for thousands of years. It’s hard for me…

Resolutions

At the start of a new year, we tend to make resolutions, things we’re determined to start (or stop) doing now because, after all, we should already be (or not be) doing them. Some of us don’t like to make resolutions; it seems there’re made to be broken or “re-resolved” weekly (if not daily). I’m…

Settling the Heart

Some of us are natural-born worriers. My mother was one; she passed the gene on to me. For those afflicted, any and everything can become a source of anxiety. There are the “normal” things to angst over: “Are my kids going to ‘make it’ in life?” “What if something horrible happens to my husband?” “Will…