Browsing Category : Personal Growth

Letting God Heal the Daddy Wound


  Recently my husband was overseas for a couple of weeks, working with our missions agency.  Understandably, the kids had their moments of really missing their father, but most of the time, life seemed to go on as normal.  My five-year old son still went to preschool, and my 3-year old daughter still stayed home with me.  By the end…

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4 Ideas for When Your Quiet Times Get Boring


It’s amazing, isn’t it? That our times with the infinite Creator of the Universe can sometimes feel…well…boring?! I assure you that it is not God’s fault! He is the most interesting Being ever, so why does it happen?  And how can we avoid it? It happens because we get stuck in a rut.  Or it happens because we make spending…

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Stop Trying So Hard to Be Good


Maybe my new year’s resolution should be this: stop trying to so hard. I’ve always leaned towards over-achievement.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I really like doing things well.  I used to be fairly good at it until I had kids! LOL! But I still like it. I was always very intrinsically motivated as a child to do…

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Why I Stopped Using Bible Study Methods


Before I get into it, let me just say that I am definitely not opposed to studying the Bible.  God’s precious Word should be studied and examined so that we can know Him and follow in His ways.  He is worthy of our diligence, and we can learn the way to live. But I had to take a break from…

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3 Things That Can Hinder Your Prayers


We are God’s children, and He loves to talk with us.  He delights in answering prayers as a good father delights in giving his children gifts.  If even earthly fathers can give good gifts to their children, how much more so a perfect Heavenly Father? But God also hates selfishness because it hurts us and it hurts others.  He does…

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If You Still Want More for Your Life – Dirty Glory


A few weeks ago, Tyndale Publishers sent me a copy of Dirty Glory* by Peter Greig to review.  I am definitely interested in growing in prayer, but I didn’t know if a book that tells the story of the 24/7 prayer movement throughout the world would be exactly what I was looking for.  This book has rocked my world!  It is truly one…

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Let the Bible Speak for Itself


I’ve been guilty of trying to “soften” some of the truths in Scripture so that they sound more acceptable to whomever I am speaking (or to myself!)  Lord, have mercy!  It can be tempting in our western, post-modern, culture (where tolerance is the sacred cow) to want to try to accommodate everyone so that no one walks away offended, but…

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Practical Hope for the Highly-Sensitive Mom


I became clued into the fact that I was most likely a highly-sensitive mother when I was reading the book, Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.  As I read through the descriptors of what comprises a highly-sensitive child, I found myself identifying personally with many of them!  Needless to say, in a home with more than one highly-sensitive, spirited…

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Grief: When the Void Becomes the New Normal


Right after my mother passed away, I wondered what it would feel like when we all sort of adjusted to her no longer being with us.  In some ways, the grief was stronger in the days leading up to her death.  The dark, fearful anticipation of what it would be like when she was gone.  Never being able to see…

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