Personal Development Category

“BFF”

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13 I’ve always been a little envious of those women who have a “BFF.”  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had friends, best friends even.  But that whole “forever” part has been elusive.  No need for sympathy, this isn’t […]

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Unveiling the God of the Process

I LOVE Christmas!  For most of us, I am guessing the feeling is mutual. That is, if you can find the simple message of love underneath all the layers of noise and clutter that our culture has added. As I have taken some moments to meditate on Jesus, the most precious gift Papa God ever […]

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Finish Strong

The last 21 days of 2017 – finish strong! So this is it , 2017 is almost in the books. For some it has been a chill year, for the most – it was full of unexpected turns and twist and victories and tears and questions and answers. New year resolutions have never appealed to […]

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

So, what is your favorite Christmas carol? When we go caroling, I am always excited to sing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Not only does it have a playful feel, but I feel like it is the carol which tells it all. This is the month that we give one another gifts in love to […]

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Bring Us Back

In Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, Mr. Peggoty, a powerful, big-hearted fisherman, raises his orphaned niece, Little Em’ly. He loves her like his own daughter and he is eagerly looking forward to her marriage to his other adopted son, Ham who is a good, kind man like himself and loves Em’ly with pure devotion. Little Em’ly, […]

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Pawprints in the Snow

We have striven to instill in our children an appreciation and joy for the little things. A couple weeks ago we received our first blanket of snow here in North Dakota. While it was a little earlier in the year then I would have liked, I was greeted in the morning by an excited teenage […]

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Seasons of Thanks

“Oh my goodness. Yuk!” “Yes!” “It’s so cold, but beautiful.” All of their reactions were different. Some loved it and some hated it. Me, I am content. I love all four seasons. I love the change in the weather. I love the colors that fade from day to day. I love the new brisk mornings […]

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Can I Really Have A Thankful Heart?

Psalm 69:30, “I will praise the name of God with a song. I will magnify Him with Thanksgiving” Whoosh, the calendar page turns, Thanksgiving Day 2017 is a memory of wonderful delights enjoyed by families gathered around decorated tables heaped with delicious food. Doorbells rang, hugs were exchanged, conversation began, children’s voices raised with joy, […]

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Junk Hunt

Twice a year my husband and I go to a Junk Hunt in a city about an hour away.  We make a day of it and thoroughly enjoy looking through repurposed items, antiques, and literal junk.  During our “hunt” this fall I came across some framed family photos that were probably taken in the late […]

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Confessions of a Millennial

As a millennial, I was recently informed that I want options. I have unlimited choices at my fingertips. I weigh them and go with what seems best. Habit is a bad word these days. If you act out of habit, you didn’t weigh your options. You might be missing out! Does this fear resonate with […]

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