Category Archives: Christian Life

Sadness and Joy

Do you resist feeling sad?  When you’re feeling a little blue, do you feel sad about being sad?  Sometimes feeling sad is the only way to feel.  When facing the loss of a loved one or serious personal upheaval it is impossible to resist feeling sad.  Other … Continue reading

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Stand Up and Pray a Desperate Prayer

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Have you ever felt powerless enough to pray a desperate prayer?  There are situations that are completely beyond my power or capacity to solve.  When I had cancer I had good medical care, but in the end I could only pray.  I prayed similarly when I … Continue reading

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Are You Rightly Understanding Jesus?

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My son-in-law is from Brazil, therefore English is his second language and he doesn’t always understand our idioms.  At a family birthday party recently a family member said to him, speaking of his one-year-old son who had not managed a … Continue reading

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Wine, Weddings and Encouragement for the Stressed

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My husband and I attended  a wedding over the weekend, and we met a woman who bought a winery and has taught herself how to grow flavorful grapes.  Impressive, considering my house plants die due to neglect.  No wine making for me. Listening … Continue reading

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Truth for Monday through Saturday

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How much of what we learn at church on Sunday morning makes it into our lives Monday through Saturday? I attend church, of course, sing songs of worship, diligently take notes on a usually excellent teaching, and visit with fellow attenders.  As it should … Continue reading

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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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