Category Archives: Christian Life

10 Keys for Effective Parenting

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What do you imagine when you think of parenting books?  I devoured a bunch of them back in my child-rearing days, and they all left me feeling somewhat inadequate.  They influenced me positively, I’m sure, but when reading chapter after chapter of solid techniques … Continue reading

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Cheer up!

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What cheers you up?  A beautiful day, a good night’s sleep, an evening spent with people you love, or a restful vacation? These are wonderful gifts, and they never fail to cheer me up. “Cheer up” isn’t the first expression that comes to mind … Continue reading

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When is it OK to Argue?

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This blog has never carried a controversial tone.  I have intentionally stayed away from topics that might generate a nasty comment thread and not because I am afraid of vigorous debate.  (Ok, I admit I’m not terribly thick-skinned, but I do have … Continue reading

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The Gift of Tears

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Tuesday was an emotional day for me at Community Bible Study. I am taking a new role in CBS, that of Area Director, and therefore will not be able to serve as Teaching Director for my class any more.  Sniff.  Tuesday was my last teaching, … Continue reading

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What to Do When the Cultural Mood Gets You Down

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Every once in a while I come across a very encouraging but overlooked verse in the Bible.  It is usually tucked away in the writings of a rarely preached upon prophet or overshadowed by more impactful theology.  I rarely hear it quoted, if at all.  No matter, it … Continue reading

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Living the Resurrection

Easter weekend this year was emotional for my husband and me.  Friday and Saturday we attended the visitation and funeral of a good friend from my college years.  We celebrated his life and mourned his death. On the way to the funeral … Continue reading

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God’s Highest Willingness

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“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance.  It is laying hold of his highest willingness.”  Archbishop Trench I find this quote extremely helpful.  My prayers are often based on an unspoken assumption that God must be convinced to answer.  He is not reluctant to answer … Continue reading

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Remind Yourself of what Jesus did for You Every Day

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Do you know what Jesus did for you?  You might know that he died for your sins and that if you follow Him you will go to heaven when you die, but do you know that He gives you power and forgiveness … Continue reading

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We Fail; God is Faithful

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How many of us can claim to always have made good decisions, to have consistently been kind, thoughtful and considerate of other people, and to have honored God above ourselves?  Obviously, that is a rhetorical question. We fail.  Regularly.  Thank … Continue reading

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Answering the Question: What Do You Do?

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“What do you do?” This question should be banned from all party small talk.  I can never answer it adequately, and I always feel like I’ve left the most important part out of the discussion. The intent of this question is to find … Continue reading

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