Spring Cleaning: DISCONTENT

Choosing contentedness is a discipline. Few of us are perfectly content with all areas of our lives. Relationships, health, finances, work –all of these can instigate feelings of discontent at one time or another. In seasons when I feel restless and discontented with my circumstances, this is usually a sign that I haven’t been giving…

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Spring Cleaning: SHAME

For years, I struggled with shame. This is because I became a teen mother in 1991. In my mind, I’d let down my parents, who had worked hard to give me a nice childhood. Everyone around me was going away to college. Many at my childhood church, including my pastor, had turned their backs on…

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The Power of a Praying Friend

I have a small group of women I consider close friends. These are people I would confide almost anything in, especially to ask them to pray. The power of a praying friend is immeasurable in my life These are people I know I can call or text at any time to ask them to stand…

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Pressed but Not Crushed

Monday afternoon is here, the end of a long day of trying to teach Shakespeare to unruly high school students. I’m feeling pressed. The hamster cage is two days past its weekly cleaning. There are dishes in the sink that weren’t done yesterday. As soon as I got home and prepared a snack for my…

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Persevering Above the Fray

This is our last week of taking a look at life above the fray. We’ve addressed how to think, give, and love. For the last installment, our focus will be how to persevere above the fray. Perseverance is a critical skill that builds character, promotes peace, and honors God. I don’t know what you may…

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