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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Learning to Stay on the Boat

God invites us to take time to reconnect with him and with one another, and to rediscover the joy of moving at a slower pace. Yes, there is obedience and trust involved in God's direction to take a sabbath. But it is meant to be a gift, not a burden. Rest renews us. Time away from our tasks helps us gain perspective.

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I See You

As an introvert, I don't always find it easy to break through the barrier between 'stranger' and 'acquaintance', or move from 'customer' to 'friend'. But life sure feels sweeter when I do. Maybe you've observed it too, as you've seen a face brighten when you walk through the door. The simple art of noticing can make all the difference.

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Me First

There are a lot of situations where a Christ follower should gladly put others first. But when it comes time to take responsibility for a problem, to apologize, or to be willing to improve our attitude, I think we have permission to jump up and say, "Me first!"

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There's a Place that Only You Can Fill

We don't have to make headlines to make a difference. And we don't need to look very far for important work to do. Each of us has a ready-made place in the ministry of presence. If you are unsure, ask God to show you who needs your love and care. What feels like a small gesture to meet their need may be the biggest thing you do today.

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When the Storms Come

Out of the blue on a sunny day, the right (or, really, wrong) combination of conditions can turn things upside down in our world. 

Fear grips us as we realize we can’t head off the storm and we can’t outrun it. It will blow through our lives, and at the time we don’t know its strength or the damage it will leave behind.

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Making Time Stand Still

Birthdays, graduations, weddings. These milestones remind us that stepping into the new means leaving behind the old. Something precious is past, and will not return. We find ourselves asking how it went by so quickly. With this intense awareness of the passage of time, it feels like life is slipping through our fingers.

How can we slow things down, hold on a little longer?


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Accidental Tourists: Being Jesus to Fellow Travelers

Lonely fellow travelers cross our path not only in airports, but also in doctors’ waiting rooms, the checkout line at the grocery store, and the adjoining office cubicle. When we choose to love them, we are walking in our Savior’s footsteps. (This post is also appearing today at wwww.incourage.me Please check out this wonderful site that offers uplifting daily devotional pieces.)

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It's My Fault

“It’s my fault” may be some of the most powerful words we ever speak. As we take care of that plank in our own eyes, we build bridges with those we care about and give them a safe place to deal with their sawdust.

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Avoiding Friendly Fire

…healthy connection has be in place before correction can be well received. Those we feel obligated to counsel have to believe without a doubt that we are rooting for them to succeed. The underlying message must be “I believe in you, and the two of us can take on this issue together”. 

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