Do Your Friendships Measure Up?

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“When I grow up,” my daughter told me one day, “I hope I have a friend just like Ms. Christy.”“What do you mean?” I asked.“Because she isn’t afraid to tell you when you’re wrong. She helps you to make good choices.” I had to laugh at my daughter’s comment. I can’t count how many times my friend Christy has confronted me on a negative attitude or skewed perspective, reminding me of God’s principles. God created women to be relational, so it’s natural for us to build friendships. But are we picking the right friends? Are we being a good friend to others? And what does a healthy friendship look like?  Is it simply meeting for coffee or planning parties or going shopping together? Companionship is important, but there is more to it than that. The book of 1 Samuel states that Jonathan and David were linked at the soul. In a couple places the Bible speaks of their great love for each other. They had a unique friendship and a commitment to each other that centered around God.  That’s what we need in our lives today. In chapter 23 of 1 Samuel, Jonathan helped David “find strength in the Lord” … Read More

Late Monday’s….

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So…were there any who may have wondered where I was today?  Or, perhaps you just wondered when the post for today was going to show up…? Well, either way, I will tell you – I was between “here” and “there” ~ and so wrapped up in the “there” that I could not break away no matter how much the “here” weighed upon me. No excuses, just real stuff in real time without the pre-arranged, exact-o control, and go ahead of yourself planning preparedness for………………Monday’s post. I spent the weekend in Kenai.  With my family. My husband. My daughter. My son-in-law. My BABY BENJAMIN !!!!  He was on my lap as many times and for as long as I could get him to stay. It was wonderful.  As I write this, I keep trying to figure out how I “SHOULD FEEL.”  About what?  The weekend? The missed work?  The late Monday post?  What?  Hmmm.  I will tell you how I DO feel… I feel renewed.  I feel loved.  I feel SO thankful for the memories made and the number of times a baby boy called me “Nonnnn – ie.”  I kissed his face. I kissed his neck.  I kissed the palms … Read More

What’s Wrong With Venting?

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How do you respond when something goes wrong? All too often when someone mistreats us or something doesn’t go our way, our first impulse is to scream and yell. Whine and cry. Protest and complain.  So we seek out a sympathetic ear – or many sympathetic ears.  Most people believe that venting frustrations is healthy. And truthfully, sometimes it does feel good to release a bit of stress to someone who really understands. However, what we forget is that complaining breeds discontent, which is probably why God tells us not to do it (Phil 2:14). Venting to another human being may be necessary in some situations, but then we have to let it go.  We must choose carefully when  sharing our frustrations with others. Even well-meaning Christians can encourage us to stay mad about issues that are better left alone. Our friends understand our perspective and feel bad when we’re put in tough situations. They give us platitudes and condemn the other people involved. Isn’t that what a good friend does – takes our side and tells us we were right all along? God cares about how we respond to situations we don’t like. He uses all kinds of negative … Read More

Does Our Choice of Entertainment Really Matter?

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Is there any truth to the term “garbage in equals garbage out”? You bet! When believers “backslide”, it’s a slow fade, and it typically starts with where we’re spending our time. We have to be intentional with each moment in our day, and that includes our choice of entertainment. The things of this world may sometimes feel harmless, but in large doses they are detrimental. A rule we try to stick to in our house is participating in more “Christian” entertainment than secular. We try to keep our exposure to godly influences higher than that of worldly influences. We get enough of that junk outside the house (a great reason to be in church often!) Our homes should be a sanctuary, a place where our families feel safe and loved. We must not let our entertainment steal that away from us! Take a moment to ponder how you spend your free time: 1) Do you choose music that uplifts? While secular music has its place (I listen to tons of love songs when I’m writing my novels!), we are better served by keeping it to a minimum if we want to stay connected with our God. Christian music, along with … Read More

We Are Here Again ~ It’s Monday

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Last Monday to this Monday – how’s it going?  It was a quick jump from one to the other, was it not? Nevertheless, I ask myself the only really important question that exists between those two points in time – “How’s my walk with Jesus? Did I talk to Him; did I spend time with Him?” After all, I did choose Him; well He chose me; drew me; convicted me; saved me…and I did mean to make Him a priority… I did listen to some Christian music in my car.  I went to church on Wednesday and twice on Sunday.  Good, good.  I read some stuff other people wrote about Him.  I even “liked” some FB posts and “shared” a couple of posts that “spoke” to me… However…”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…” (John1:1).“The Word came and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14) The Word.  Jesus and The Word are One in the same.  “The Word” is Who created the world – and the world was created by The Word.  In John 17:17, Jesus says “thy Word is Truth.”  In John 14:6, He said “….I AM the Way, the Truth…” The Truth … Read More

It’s Monday.

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It is Monday morning and half the planet faces the beginning of another week. It’s time to leave the weekend and roll into the routine that will undoubtedly frame the next five days. Most of us feel a bit of an “ugh” at the required shifting of gears. It’s Monday morning. I want it to be a “good” week.  But I lack the “positive attitude” that everybody says I should have.  All those mental hoops to jump through – honestly I do not have the energy or the will power to convince myself that I am where I want to be (unless where I am is on a beach in Hawaii – which is, unfortunately NOT where I am). Well, in all the years I have lived (and I have lived a few), I have never found an answer to the dilemma of feeling defeated before you even start.  Except for Jesus. Jesus is beautiful and worthy. Jesus is kind and loving. Jesus knows me and wants me to know Him – more. Jesus is The Only One who never tires of my quirky-ness.  He understands me better than I understand myself and He has taken the time to order my steps.  He wants … Read More

Be Real

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I’m BEYOND excited to be a writing contributor for this blog! I hope the ways God is working in my life that I share will encourage you all on your walk with Him. ‘Being Real’ sounds pretty easy, right? Well I honestly hadn’t really thought much about how difficult this truly has been for me in my life until I was preparing a short message for a recent women’s gathering at my church. I have been a person of honesty, integrity, etc. but I wasn’t being completely ‘real’ with myself about some things God was presenting in my path and even worse, I wasn’t being real with Him. Thankfully, the Lord helped me work through the process of getting real with myself and ultimately being real in my relationship with Him and following in the path He was leading. When some people think of moving into a ministry position it might give them anxiety. I am not that person. I have always been drawn to leadership positions with not much hesitation. The Lord had called me into women’s ministry and I jumped in with both feet. Little did I know, He had a BIG plan that I wasn’t prepared for. … Read More

The Power in Jesus’ Name

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 Jesus. As a woman of God, does this word cause a stirring to your soul? Does it bring tingles to your arms? A smile to your lips? Or peace to your heart? “There is power in the name of Jesus.” We’ve all heard that phrase at some point in our lives, probably multiple times. But do we really get it? When I was a child, I heard a minister talk about the power of speaking Jesus’ name out loud, and he said something that made the hair on my neck stand tall. Now more than twenty years later, I haven’t been able to get those words out of my head: “When you say the name of Jesus, you say a mouthful. Because at the sound of that name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD!“ Kinda puts current struggles into perspective when you really meditate on it. Whatever tough situation I’m going through seems to melt away when I think about the greatness of my God. The Bible says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. That rude person who cut in front of me on the highway. That ungrateful customer … Read More