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Nov 20

2015

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Why Do We Suffer?

This week, after working with clients who were abused or  terribly wronged, I’ve been contemplating the purpose of severe trials in our lives. Today during my personal study I came across an insightful article by Dr. Ray Pritchard. His insights were illuminating:

“What is God trying to do when he allows his children to go through hard trials and deep suffering? First, God is trying … to purify us of iniquity. Second, God uses suffering to test our faith. Will you still obey God in the darkness? Will you serve God when things aren’t going your way?… Third, God uses times of difficulty to humble us… Let the darkness fall and we are on our knees crying out to God. Fourth, God uses hard times to prepare us to minister to others. He comforts us so that we may comfort others….Fifth, I believe God uses hard times to prepare us for a new understanding of his character. In the furnace we discover God’s goodness in a way we had never experienced it before.” — Dr. Ray Pritchard Read more →

Oct 26

2015

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Do you truly Love?

Do you truly love? M. Scott Peck from his book “The Road Less Traveled” gives an eye-opening definition of love which I find intriguing. He claims love is “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.”

A wise teacher once stated, “True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one’s companion.” The Bible reminds us that “God is love,” and Gandhi teaches that “where there is love there is life.” Read more →

Aug 04

2015

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Are you Patient?

“Patience is tied very closely to faith… Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best—better than does God. Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than His. We can grow in faith only if we are willing to wait patiently for God’s purposes and patterns to unfold in our lives, on His timetable.” ― Neal A. Maxwell

Recently I noticed an older man trying to be patient as he and his wife talked. I don’t think he was being patient—just “trying”. He would sigh and look slightly annoyed as he waited for her answer. He probably felt he was being patient, but in reality he was covering his impatience with a bit of self-absorption. Read more →

Apr 08

2015

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Keep Your Faith Steady!

Have you ever experienced a time when you were filled with faith, believing with all your heart that what you were seeking would materialize, and then soon afterwards doubt and fear started to bombard you?

This seems to be a common scenario when it comes to exercising faith! And what we do with this doubt and fear makes all the difference to being able to actually receive what we are seeking. Read more →

Feb 19

2015

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Choosing to be Vulnerable

“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think…Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” These words by Brene Brown intrigue me. Being vulnerable surely puts us in a visible unprotected  place which allows for potential criticism, scorn, or failure.

Yet, I have found that when I draw back, striving to find quiet anonymity, my dream or vision shrinks too! I find myself playing small. Being brave and choosing vulnerability leads to  valuable lessons learned from both failure and success.  Read more →

Jan 14

2015

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Do You have Hope?

As I contemplate hope, I realize it has many faces. Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind. It is also a positive expectancy or  focused desire for a certain outcome. Hope can be as trivial as hoping Grandpa will bring a lollipop or as profound as hoping to someday live eternally with God. Read more →

Jan 05

2015

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Friend or Enemy?

 

One of my favorite authors, Marianne Williamson, wrote: “May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.”

Who is your enemy? Anyone with whom you have any kind of angst or feelings of discord. Often our biggest enemy is ourselves. Haven’t you at times felt angst and discord within? Read more →

Dec 18

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I Love Christmas!

I love Christmas!  Everything about it!  People are kinder, gentler, and more open to spiritual things. I love the symbolism, the beauty, and especially all that points to Christ; for He is “the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) Read more →