How to Get What You Want

Why do the things we long for and finally receive let us down? The easy answer is that my fellow teachers needed better husbands and different teaching positions. And that I would have been happier in a bigger or newer house.

But the problem for any of us is not really the job, the spouse, the kids, or the house. The problem is what we are asking of those things. We want them to fill us up, to make us feel whole. Our hearts only feel whole when we are connected to the holy. 

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A Glimpse of Glory in the Nursing Home

 My daughter turned around and approached the woman’s doorway. Speaking softly, she picked up the shoe and knelt down. Then she gently and carefully slid the woman’s foot back into her shoe and wished her a good day. 

I saw the imprint of our Savior in my daughter’s actions. Jesus’ heart and ways shone through this brief interaction. It was a sacred moment that left a little taste of glory in my spirit long after the moment passed.

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Need Some Rest?

Sometimes it is not so easy to sort out what our job is, to know when we need to be on duty, and when we can rest. But when we work too much and too hard, it tells God we doubt he is at work.

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The Joy of Dreaming Small

My call is to impact handfuls, not pack arenas.

Loving the souls God places within our reach fits every life situation, no matter how small that reach seems to be. You and I don’t have to wait to gain a following or get our “big break.” Jesus’ love can shine through us in any location and every life season.

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When the Holidays are Over

Gone are the lights, the food, the songs, the parties, and the gifts. The sense of something shared by the whole community has slipped away and the disconnect returns.

But we don’t need to feel alone or abandoned if we remember the Christ of Christmas. His name is Immanuel - God with us. He did not come for a season. He came to stay.

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Who's the Boss of Me?

I realized that I have developed a habit of dwelling on hurts and conflicts. I allow an argument from 7:00 to live on in my mind, so that it spoils 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and beyond. 

Too many times, I take my sulking one step farther and behave based on my ‘how I’ve been wronged’ script. Even if I’m not talking, my message at these times is loud and clear, “You are in charge of my level of peace or contentment today. Your choices determine how I act. You can be the boss of me.” 

 

 

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Am I Still Beautiful?

This kind of beautiful has a different magnetism. The women who have nurtured it carry the confidence of an identity that cannot be taken away by the years or by the shallow evaluation of others. To those who have spent any time with them, these women are irresistible, because they have the gift of helping others feel beautiful too.

 

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Nothing Left to Give

As I look into the eyes and listen to the words of other women, I think many of us are emptying our baskets too soon. We each want to make a difference in our corner of the world. At first, we think we have more than enough to offer to everyone. Generously, eagerly, we give away our time, our ideas, our organizational skills, our knowledge… until suddenly there is little or nothing left.

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Jesus, Don't You Care?

There is not one thing we can walk through that Jesus doesn’t share. The pain, sorrow, and loneliness that come our way touch him too. After giving his very life for us, he sent his Spirit to empower us. That means his presence with us is a fact. No matter what.

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When We Want a New Look, but Need a New Heart

Though we know better, we want to brush on a quick coat of personality to fix the problem. How wonderful it would be if we could scatter a few laughs or a couple of kind gestures like throw pillows, and freshen up our relationships. It would be a breeze if we could change a behavior or two, and launch the updated version of ourselves without a hitch. But, like it or not, the groundwork can’t be skipped. There is heart work to be done.

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Why, God?

David was moved by gratitude to think about God’s character and motives. Sadly, the occasions that lead to my questions about God reveal a very different attitude. When I ask questions it’s not really about needing answers, but about demanding my way.

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