It’s A Thought That Counts

It’s A Thought That Counts

It’s A Thought That Counts

I’ve avoided this discussion for long enough.  This is a tough one!  For me, at least, it’s tough to come clean with all the damage I allowed through negative self-talk.  This may not be a problem for you (and I hope it isn’t), but if you struggle with negative self-talk, today’s post is for you. For years, I’ve been sensitive to correction from others.  Correction is supposed to help us, right? Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1) I now know the reason (nerves damaged in the brain by Multiple Sclerosis), but there are

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In Prayer…Believe!

In Prayer…Believe!

God commands us to trust Him and not to fear.  Verses are sprinkled through the entire breadth of our Bible – 365 verses on fear – one for each day of the year.  When will we stop our sin of fearing and not trusting God? While our prodigal was on walkabout, I lived for months in agony and finally got to the point of hearing God clearly on this.  This is what He said to my heart one day as I prayed. Your lack of trust in Me is nothing but pure S-I-N. Your lack of trust is what needs

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They Know Not What To Do

They Know Not What To Do

It’s Labor Day as I write.  By the time I click “publish”, I will be hoping you had a blessed Labor Day.  As for me, I’ve been sitting here in my prayer chair, crying out to God since morning for a few particular children of a few particular friends.  And, I feel a burden.  As badly as our child’s sin pains us, imagine how our sin must pain our heavenly Father. Then Jesus said,  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34a) The circumstances were completely different when Jesus prayed those words in His final hour

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Because…I Trust Him

Because…I Trust Him

I’m so sick and tired of Satan’s attacks.  Are you?  He starts with your own family, and when the devil sees he isn’t causing you to let go of your faith, he starts in on your friends.  Or, for you, it could happen in the opposite direction, or a mixture thereof.  Either way, we are commanded:  Do not fear! A little over three years ago, I was in the midst of a family crisis when a high-school friend posted on Facebook that she was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Her faith was strong and bold!  I was thrilled to see her

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Not Just Denzel and Me – It’s Biblical!

Not Just Denzel and Me – It’s Biblical!

If you participated in the Praise Challenge, were you helped by it?  Did you run dry of reasons to praise God (although, I can hardly imagine it)? If so, I’ve got good news.  Do you keep a running prayer list of those around you who need prayer?  Take that list and let it be a part of your praise list.  In the Praise Challenge download, you read about this concept there, and it’s so simple!  It boils down to praising God in advance for answering your prayers.  I referred to this in the post about Praying for the Prodigal –

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How Do You Get Up the Next Day and “Do Life”?

How Do You Get Up the Next Day and “Do Life”?

Picture This: The Prodigal Son’s Dad on Social Media The Biblical account of the prodigal son doesn’t mention how the father occupied his time after his son left home.  Let’s envision what might happen in our current times.  Can you imagine it – the prodigal son’s dad on Facebook or Instagram (aka instantgram)? In today’s world, would the prodigal father of Luke’s account post selfies and display himself publicly  in his devastation, misery, loneliness, betrayal, and fear?  I think not.  The grief of a prodigal is such a private matter that I can’t imagine putting it “out there” for all

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Where Are You, God?

Where Are You, God?

Do you sometimes feel that God doesn’t hear you?  Do your prayers seem to end at  the ceiling? God, where are You? When you’re in a tough season and praying for a certain outcome in your circumstances, what’s a good way to pray fervently and know God is hearing your prayer?  The answer is this: by praying in alignment with His word… by praying scripture. Regarding your recent earnest prayer, what is a barrier for you? Is it hard for you to draw near to God?  Why do you think so? Why do we oftentimes resist spending time with God

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Me, A Motorcycle TRENDSETTER?

Me,  A Motorcycle TRENDSETTER?

I love motorcycles with sidecars!  Not that I’ve ever ridden in one, but talk to me here.  Aren’t sidecars adorable?  How I wish for one of those someday.  Sort of.  I have a scary thought of rounding a corner and hubby forgetting to allow room for the sidecar, and SNIP!  I’m a goner – cut right out of the picture.  Ha!  What a fun way to go, though, right? God gave me a love for laughter.  How about you?  As I wrote my last post about our recent motorcycle trip, I laughed about what I must look like to other

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Well Then…LIVE!

Well Then…LIVE!

Why didn’t I write a post for nearly two weeks?  (Where does the time go?) My last post was for those of you in a prodigal season, The Best Remedy:  Live Your Life!  Well, that advice can apply to those in a season of illness, as well. I guess you might be wondering where the heck I’ve been and what the heck I’ve been up to. Here’s What I’ve Been Up To: I’ve found that when you eat healthy foods, you feel so good that you’re ready to start doing life  again.  Others might think you’re crazy and may advise

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The Best Remedy: Live Your Life!

The Best Remedy: Live Your Life!

If you are the parent of a prodigal, one of the best things you can do is to live your life.  Meanwhile, God will bring you peace regarding your prodigal. A former prodigal shared that tidbit of information with us as we were waiting and watching for a sign that our prodigal was turning back to us.  Our friend said, “If your child is at all paying attention to your life in their absence, they’ll notice.”  Continuing on “as usual” sends the message to your prodigal that they are missing out.  Life is marching on, and you are living it.

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How Can I Feel So Good While Fighting Cancer?

How Can I Feel So Good While Fighting Cancer?

It sounds strange, I know.  But, I don’t feel  sick!  I don’t even think I look sick (possible denial on my part).  Whether you’re in a season of wellness or illness, it’s possible to feel amazing!  God guides me and has proven it to me. How Can I Feel So Good While Fighting Cancer?   Step 1:  Feed Your Body It’s true what they say:  You are what you eat.  When you eat healthy foods, you give your body what it needs to function properly.  Eating healthfully gives your body strength…you have energy…your hair shines…your skin glows.  What could be

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When All Your Strength Is Gone

When All Your Strength Is Gone

We have a real treat today!  Shelley Jarl, our guest post author today, has written a wonderful book of inspiration called “The Humidity Makes My Hair Frizz and It’s Really Starting to Stink in Here”. Doesn’t that title grab  you?  I met Shelley about a year and a half ago when she took the helm at Faithful Bloggers. Shelley is a mom, Christian, entrepreneur, business owner, author, and lover of all things creative. She strives every day to embrace the abundant life God has given her. As a self-proclaimed warrior, she has put on the armor of God numerous times to

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Who is the Fixer Embracer at Your House? You or Him?

Who is the Fixer Embracer at Your House?  You or Him?

No two people are alike.  God heals our broken hearts and bandages our wounds differently from others.  Whether male or female, it’s difficult to manage pain and loss of a trial while drudging through the otherwise “normal” days of life.  We need not expect our journey to be the same as the journey of our Mr Embracer.  REALIZING YOUR DIFFERENCES: The Emotional Mess – We women are known as the emotional creatures, so it’s no surprise that we are often a crying heap.  But, when things are anything but normal, you may find your Mr. Embracer to be an emotional

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Navigating the Advice of Others

Navigating the Advice of Others

In a trial of any kind, you’ll get all sorts of advice.  Others think they know what you’re going through.  But they don’t. Friends want to help you.  They really do, and they think they’re being helpful.  People have the best intentions.  But, sometimes they give advice based on what they think or feel and not according to what God says about it. When in our prodigal season, close family members advised us in opposite directions from what God was saying to us.  People think the prodigal son story gives us all the answers. Let them go.  Like the prodigal,

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30-10 Praise Challenge is Here!

30-10 Praise Challenge is Here!

This praise challenge is the perfect way to renew your mind and bring peace and joy to your life! All week, I have been looking forward to sharing this with you – this thirty days of praise for ten minutes each day.  I’m so excited for you!  You will quickly feel renewed and energized – more in love with the Lord than ever.  Loving life again – afresh.  Whether you’re a little sad these days, somewhat depressed, greatly shaken, or singing happily, praising God will transform your life. What prompted me to write this challenge of praise? I hate to

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