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Dec 23

2015

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Where does Christ fit into your life?

”Where does Christ fit into my life?” “Is He a part of all I do?” “Do I daily acknowledge all with which he blesses me?” “Do I exercise strong faith in Him?” “Looking at my motives, do I, at times, put other things before Him?” This Christmas season, these are some of the questions I have been asking myself while contemplating my relationship with my Savior. Read more →

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 →

Apr 29

2015

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A Simple Choice

One quality successful people have is doing simple yet positive actions which lead toward their goals—and doing them consistently–day in, day out.

Jeff Olson in “The Slight Edge” contends that “ Everything that you need to transform your life is easy to do…every action you need to take to make any and all of your dreams come true is easy.”

So why are most of us unhealthy, unfulfilled and financially burdened? 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 →

Mar 16

2015

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Take the High Road!

“Take the high road!” You may hear this when being given advice to let go of a petty grievance or forgive someone. But what does taking the high road really mean?  I believe it is being true to the highest in ourselves and others.  Let me explain:

Taking the high road is being able to set and clearly explain appropriate boundaries and hold to those boundaries when needed. Others may throw tantrums or act inappropriately then turn around and want you to take responsibility for their actions. This is where you stand in truth, and allow them to experience the consequences of their own actions. Read more →

Mar 05

2015

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Are You Willing to Fail?

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”   -C. S. Lewis

Are you willing to fail? Are you comfortable with failure? We may say we are, but truthfully, failing can be a pretty miserable outcome if we aren’t prepared for it. So, I have found some ways to keep failure low: 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 →