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

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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A Freebie For Parents of Prodigals (and Their Praying Friends)

A Freebie For Parents of Prodigals (and Their Praying Friends)

Parents of a prodigal need major prayer support.  If you have a friend with a prodigal, praying scripture is a quiet and meaningful way to minister to them.  And, you can do it from the comfort of your own home – from your own comfy chair or sofa. When our child left as a prodigal, we were thrown into devastation and hit our knees in prayer.  We found very little to no help from the church universal for our specific situation, and our local church (as an organization) didn’t know how to help us, either. We were scrambling for a

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Poof! Have it Your Way!

Poof!  Have it Your Way!

I love how the brother of Jesus speaks plainly and clearly in his New Testament book of James.  He gets down to the nitty-gritty in his five chapters, and he doesn’t mince words.  If we get confused about God’s intentions for our actions, James is certain to straighten us out! The first part of James 4:2 is fairly sharp as he says we want what we don’t have, so we scheme and kill to get it.  We are jealous of what others have, but we can’t get it, so we fight and wage war to take it away from them.

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Sharing Our Burdens, Our Depression, and Our Joys!

Sharing Our Burdens, Our Depression, and Our Joys!

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week.  Were you aware?  I wasn’t aware of that.  Also, how I missed you all last week!  No reason for alarm – just a busy week, that’s all.  To make it up to you, I plan to publish two posts this week.  How’s that? I could never cover all the different tough and triumphant seasons we might face in our lives.  Since we all experience varied seasons, I want to send you to articles by other writers that will give you encouragement in seasons I don’t cover here. Not that I wish more tough

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To The Mother of a Prodigal: You Are NOT a Bad Mom!

To The Mother of a Prodigal:  You Are NOT a Bad Mom!

If you are the mom of a prodigal child, you may feel like a failure.  You think you’ve somehow wasted these last umpteen years since your child was born.  But, you are NOT the worthless mother that you think you must be to have landed with a prodigal child. Your years weren’t a waste.  The hours of sweat, tears, and investment into your child’s life were definitely meaningful.  And, you will see the results of your efforts some day.  If you raised your prodigal in a Christian home, showing them the examples and Biblical teachings of living the Christian life,

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How NOT To Be An Old Bitty

How NOT To Be An Old Bitty

I’ve heard the term “old bitty” my entire life.  I might (or might not) have even called someone by that term on occasion quietly to myself.  Any proper Southern woman would never say that directly  to someone’s face.  That just wouldn’t do! Do you have an occasional fear of becoming an old bitty?  What would qualify us as such? First we must decide on a spelling.  Urban Dictionary spells it “Bitty”.  Dictionary.com spells it “Biddy”.  Both sites define an old bitty as someone who is unpleasant.  The term “bitter” comes to mind.  Bitty is a derivative of bitter, so Bitty

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