If Life Was A Cupcake

I read a true story today about a woman who went to a foreign country for the first time.  She loved the hotel pool and garden area, but the moment she stepped out onto the street she was overwhelmed with the many rickshaw vendors crying out for her attention.  She quickly retreated inside the safety…

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An Orderly Life is a Happy Life

Many years ago, after transferring my grocery bags into the trunk of my car I noticed the trash I had left in the cart. Deep down inside of me I heard these words, “Clean up your mess.” I picked up my trash and put it in a bag to dispose of when I got home.…

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Block The Toxic

I don’t know why, at times, I’ve allowed a toxic person to remain in my life, and at the same time thought God would actually bring healthy people into my circle. That’s just not how things work. God does not operate with “mixtures”. It was 2 a.m., and I don’t even remember getting out of…

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Are You Going On Vacation Or Getting Married?

Are You Going On Vacation Or Getting Married?

The first time I went to Florida on vacation, I had no idea a place like that even existed. Growing up in Ohio, I was used to pine trees, not palm trees. Riding a bike in December? Unheard of! Running up and down the beach chasing crabs instead of lightening bugs. As Jasmine from the…

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Some Theology Stinketh

Some Theology Stinketh

When I was a teenager there was a boy at school who had a crush on me. I did not reciprocate those feelings. He got a group of guys together one Saturday night and used over 100 rolls of toilet paper to “decorate” our house. But they also took limburger cheese and smeared it across…

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On Point Prayer

On Point Prayer

When people ask for prayer, I’m sure it is with the best intentions. But the way they ask may not be yielding the best results. I’ve done it, maybe you have too…I’m talking about vague requests or ”the unspoken prayer” petition. Here is the problem with that: faith begins where the will of God is…

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3 Ways To Overcome Fear

It was a busy Saturday afternoon in the salon–hair dryers buzzing, water running, phones ringing, endless chatter from the ten stations, TV in the background droning on about current events. In the middle of the bustle was a young girl waiting for Grandma to get her hair colored. You could hear the video game sounds…

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Conquering Chaos

Conquering Chaos

This morning I received a text that said, “I’m stressed. I miss how the world used to be. I can’t handle this chaos.” At that moment, I knew that anything I said would sound cliche. A few hours later I felt led to go to the grocery store. Weird, because I just went yesterday and…

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The Power Of Transparency

It was Friday night–the beginning of a weekend women’s church retreat. What could be better? God. Food that I didn’t have to prepare. A beautiful hotel. It was going to be good. And then the first speaker opened her mouth… She had been the praise and worship leader in her church and fallen in love…

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