Category Archives: Christian Life

How Do We Know If We Are Walking by the Spirit?

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Walk by the Spirit, Paul told the Galatian believers.  Sure; easier said than done.  How do I know when my actions are Spirit driven and when they are not?  We human beings are quite capable of convincing ourselves that we’re living by the … Continue reading

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2 Overlooked Truths about Prayer that Change How You Pray

I recently ran across a binder from my days in Moms in Prayer.  The resulting prayer flashback taught me a few things. Ten years ago I was no doubt frustrated that God didn’t answer more of my prayer requests right away. The process of reviewing two … Continue reading

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Robin Inspired Gratitude

There is a mama robin raising a chick or two in the nest she created right above a light on our deck.  The last time we observed this scenario, in the exact same spot, I identified a little too much with the mama robin as … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Renewing Your Mind

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What does your internal stream of consciousness sound like? There are words floating through my mind at all times; some are good and purposeful and others are not. My mental monologue generally contains too much self-focused and self-defeating babble. What a stupid … Continue reading

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Have We Become Our Jobs?

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On what do you base your identity? Most often, these days, our identity is associated with our work.  An article in the Chicago Tribune (“Just can’t escape the daily grind” by Charles McNulty, February 21, 2016) argues that even today’s movies are … Continue reading

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God-Maps and Google-Maps

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Most of us embark on a journey with a clear destination in mind. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed taking our three children on family vacations.  With few exceptions, summer featured a trip to the beach and/or a visit to a family member … Continue reading

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Our Plans, God’s Purposes and Faith

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January is a logical time to think about plans, goals, and dreams.  I’m more motivated to make changes in my life in January than I am in April or October. To live fruitful lives it’s healthy to make plans and to pursue … Continue reading

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When I Don’t Get What I Want

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Sometimes, even fairly often, God doesn’t do what I ask him to do.  Circumstances do not always play out like I had prayed they would.  Shocking, I know. Then what?  As I see it, I have two choices: Whine and … Continue reading

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It Sounds So Simple

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Prayer is a conversation with God.  What could be simpler?  Yet more questions have been asked about the subject of prayer, and more books have been written in an attempt to answer those questions than I can imagine.  I’ve read quite a bit on prayer, … Continue reading

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Questions about God and Evil

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If God is loving and all powerful, why does he allow evil?  Where is God when bad things happen to good people? Fair questions. For many people, suffering, especially that of innocents, is grounds for doubting the love, power or even the existence of … Continue reading

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