Browsing Category : Personal Growth

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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Love vs Lust- 4 Ways to Spot the Difference


The world will offer you many different ideas as to what love is.  You can fall in love, and you can fall out of it.  And society’s definition of love will change according to which culture and generation you live.  But there is another way to determine true love. And it’s important in any relationship to know if you what…

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4 Ways to Tell the Difference Between Conviction and Condemnation


We have all felt the sting of conviction and the heaviness of condemnation, but sometimes it can be hard to differentiate.  I used to walk with the burden of condemnation resting on my shoulders- often feeling as though I didn’t measure up.  But once I learned to tell the difference between the two, I was set free to follow Jesus’…

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God is Not Afraid of Your Sin


When asked which law was the most important, Jesus responded with, “Love.”  All the laws can be summed up in this one commandment: LOVE.  If we love Jesus, we won’t sin.  We will keep His commandments.  I used to see this verse as an instruction, now I see it as a description.  A description of what lovers of Jesus do: we…

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God is a Communicator


The underlying truth to the suggestion that God is a communicating God lies in His nature and character. It is literally impossible to read the Bible and not see God talking with His people in some form or another, and they in return, hearing Him. During the decade I served as a missionary in East Asia, it was imperative that…

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The Number One Thing I Pray For My Kids


There’s a lot of good advice out there on what and how to pray for our children, with lists of suggested prayer points and Bible verses to go with them. Everything from good manners to good health, grades, friends and beyond can really help direct specific prayers for specific needs. As I was lying on the floor in my children’s bedroom at…

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Trusting in God After Loss


Have you ever read Jeremiah 32? I absolutely love this story in the Bible: the Babylonian army has moved in, and the land of Israel is under siege. They’re about to be overtaken by their enemies. In fact, God is saying YOU ARE going to be overtaken by your enemies. The situation is less than dismal. It’s a war zone.…

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