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Dealing with Regrets

Dealing with Regrets

In my travels as a speaker and sharing my story, I have the privilege of hearing many people's stories. One of the lines I hear a lot is "I regret that..." Regrets can lead to sorrow and leave us a bitter person or we can rise above them by finding a better way to...

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Doing the Little Bit

Doing the Little Bit

Do you ever feel like you can't make a difference? Many times we see the needs around us and it feels like "too much." Our families, communities, churches, and society at large are overflowing with people who need to be loved and cared for. I am overwhelmed by the...

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Anticipating Change

Anticipating Change

Many of us don't get too excited about change unless we know there will be no pain and everything to gain. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, “no pain, no gain”. Sometimes change can cause great pain and so we decide there will be no more changes for me. We come into...

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The Ongoing Work of Confession

The Ongoing Work of Confession

I just read my very old devotional “God Calling” which I have used since the year 2000. In it, I have little notes about events that were significant to me at the time. As I was reading, I noticed a note I wrote in 2006 that talked about having deep concerns because...

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An Introduction to Forgiveness

An Introduction to Forgiveness

There is not a one-size fits all approach to forgiveness because the magnitude of offense is different from situation to situation. So, when attempting to explain the how-to for understanding or applying forgiveness, I immediately question the magnitude of the offense...

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Forgiving In the New Year

Forgiving In the New Year

Most of us have experienced things in the past year that we need to forgive so we can start this year with a clean heart. However, the old mantra “forgive and forget” needs a refresh because while forgiving is possible, forgetting is not. I love the quote, “We forgive...

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Away In A Manger

Away In A Manger

Most likely the first Christmas carol I ever learned was "Away In A Manger." It's a favorite of many, although it was originally a children's hymn. Did you know there was a misconception that the lyrics of "Away in a Manger" were actually written by Martin Luther? We...

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Silent Night

Silent Night

I spoke once at an event in Lawton, Oklahoma that brought business women together at no cost to them. The luncheon was meant to encourage them in their business and to appreciate the community they serve. They also gave a contribution to a nonprofit in their...

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Joy To The World

Joy To The World

It is once again December and the month of Christmas. Many retail shops announce Christmas before Halloween, which makes Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas blend together and by the time Christmas arrives it can feel like just another holiday. Christmas is not just...

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Kindness Goes A Long Way

Kindness Goes A Long Way

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another." It's the line my Mother said many times as she tried to teach all eight of us kids to learn the art of getting along. I was reminded of this while stopping for a cup of coffee at a little coffee shop in...

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