Some Things You Just Need To Ignore

Some Things You Just Need To Ignore

She campaigned long and hard for a presidential candidate many years ago. I don’t remember her name or even the candidate, but I remember reading that she wore herself to the point of exhaustion. As vote counting continued into the wee hours of the morning, she could no longer fight sleep. Upon awakening, she was…

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Kindness Is A Choice, Not A Feeling

Kindness Is A Choice, Not A Feeling

Today I was in a long line at a dollar store. Four customers in front of me was a 91 year old man. I heard him tell the cashier that he had just lost his wife and it was his first Christmas without her. He was buying a mop and a bucket–obviously taking on household…

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The Second Guessing Syndrome

The Second Guessing Syndrome

I walked up to the sign-in table of the Children’s Ministry at the mega church I attended–three young children in tow. You had to get your kids signed in early on Sunday morning or the classes might be full. Happy that I was ahead of schedule, I smiled at the woman overseeing registrations and cheerily…

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Your Tattoos Don’t Impress Me

Your Tattoos Don’t Impress Me

One of the perks of living in Florida is being a  Universal Studios’ passholder.  But even in a fun place there are certain irritations that can crop up–line ditchers, rudeness, impatience–to name a few.   Recently I spent a few days meditating on 1st Corinthians 13, and especially the way it reads in the Amplified…

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To Whom Have You Been Sent?

To Whom Have You Been Sent?

I’m not going to say it was an audible voice, but when it wakes you up in the middle of the night, it sure seems like it. I heard these words, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” A familiar Scripture found in Romans 8:14. It got me…

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Stop Saying Yes, When You Want To Say No

Stop Saying Yes, When You Want To Say No

A movie was playing at the local theater and my daughter, April, asked three girls from work if they’d like to go. Two said yes, but Celine said no–without giving any reason. April told me it initially had the sting of rejection, but later she respected Celine for being so candid. Celine had been studying…

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The Soulmate Search

The Soulmate Search

Six-figure income, tall, thin, sports car and homeowner. Yep, single people usually have at least a mental checklist of characteristics they want to see in their future spouse. I’ve had several share their lists with me and I’ve seen “must haves” right down to the eye color. When they ask what I think, it’s hard…

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Are Your Relationships Normal?

Are Your Relationships Normal?

I managed a gift shop for about six months when I was between jobs, and the staff was so drama-filled they made Keeping Up With The Kardashians look boring. Pat claimed she couldn’t afford a place to live so she called the local hotel her home–yet it cost a small fortune to reside there; she…

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A New Arena of Effectiveness

A New Arena of Effectiveness

Being asked to start a women’s group in the fledgling church I attended was right up my alley.  Immediately a picture forged in my mind of women who had a divine GO in their spirits, who walked in Sarah-like faith with Deborah-like bravery.   But there needed to be one defining word to sum up the…

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Mornings Matter

Mornings Matter

When I was a kid I lived close to a children’s amusement park, appropriately named, “Kiddie Land”.  The most adult ride there was the famous Tilt-a-Whirl.  I longed for the day I was allowed to ride it.  But once I did, I wished I hadn’t.  No sooner did the whirling start, I wanted off. The…

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