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Navigate the Minefield

How are you doing today? I really want to know. Just the other day I told a friend that I feel like I’m walking through a minefield. Maybe you can relate.  Navigating conversations that used to be so simple can blow up unexpectedly. I think now more than ever we need to be dressed and […]

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You Deserve it!

When is the last time you flew on an airplane?   I just returned from a quick trip to Sitka Alaska.   So often we just mentally check out when the Flight Attendants start their required safety brief about seat belts, emergency exits, flotation devices, and oxygen masks.   (You might even heard the little monologue in […]

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Rules Are Just Suggestions

Rules are just suggestions.   Depending on your unique personality make up that statement will either have you shaking your head in agreement or cringing at the thought.  Which one are you, a rule follower or a rule breaker? I like to keep both rule followers like me and rule breakers in my life.   Why?  […]

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BREATHE!

Revisiting the essentials for life: “Oxygen is essential to life!” Just like redemption is essential for eternal life.  Both Breathing and and redemption call us to a place of surrender and release. How is your spiritual breathing? Have you been holding your breath too long? Take a deep breath. Hold it…..keep holding it….okay BREATHE. I […]

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No to Quitting.

WINNERS NEVER QUIT Our greatest wins are accompanied by an inner battle cry of “YES! I can. YES! I will.”   Winners never quit. Quitting on a process means quitting on the result. This is not an attribute of an achiever. For high achievers, the demand or difficulty doesn’t matter as much as accomplishing the goal. […]

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Empowered in Weakness

Which will leave us with regret? — the things we have done or left undone????  Often we put off or avoid doing things because we don’t think we are good enough and we are afraid of failing.  Mark Twain’s insight about regrets— “twenty years from now you will be more disappointed with the things you […]

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What’s Your Perspective?

The world we live in is desperate for us to see it’s point of view.  When is the last time you sat back to think about your perspective and how it affects your daily life? How much do you think our perspective influences our life? Our perspective shapes our life. We develop our view of […]

Devotion Series Reflections of Life

Looking for an “easy” button.

Overwhelmed by the circumstances of life? Caught in a trap and looking for a way out? Wondering if prayers are even heard? Most of us, if we are honest, have an area in our life that we really want changed. We might even feel trapped and almost enslaved like the Israelite’s in Egypt. There is […]

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Engaged in Prayer

Engaged in prayer.    What does it look like to be engaged in prayer?   What does it mean for us to be engaged in prayer?   Does that statement describe our prayer life? I was challenged with a new way of looking at prayer engagement in the current Bible Study I’m doing Prayer Warrior by Stormie Omartian. […]

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Tuesday Tidbit- Growing in Prayer

I have the privilege of leading a weekly woman’s Bible study.  We are currently going through Stormie Omartian’s book and study guide “Prayer Warrior”.    I don’t think many people regularly put these two words together, so it might seem like a strange book title to you.  Either way  I hope you will grow in […]

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Accountability is the Key to success!

Are you ready to start the year off believing in your success?   Who wouldn’t be!   Let’s take this motivation and opportunity and put it to work for us. When is the last time you were successful in accomplishing your goal without telling anyone what you were doing?   For me the key to […]

Weekly Wellspring

Week #53 Proverbs 16:3

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Happy New Year’s Week! Can you believe another year is coming to a close!  The end of the year also means this is our final weekly verse reflection of the year.   I hope the weekly “Wisdom Wellspring” visits have […]

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My Gift to you~ The Prayer Planner

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!   This is the gift giving season so I wanted to share something special with you this Christmas to propel you into the New Year. A few years ago I was casually talking about New Years plans with a friend.  My plans were the usual.  I would be gathering […]

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Week #50 Ephesians 6:10-11

Ephesians 6:10-11 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” What does it look like to~ Be prepared for anything?  ~ Be strong in the Lord? How do we build strength in the Lord? […]

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Week # 26 Proverbs 29:25

Proverbs 29:25 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” The quote from Lecrae says it all!  Trust in the Lord and live free and safe rather than living for people’s acceptance. When we live in fear of others approval we are unable to experience […]

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Week #23 2 Peter 1: 3-4

The low power flashes across the screen on our electronics,  the change oil light, low fuel, and check engine light flash and chime on our vehicle dashboard, and the low water light flashes on our coffee maker.  All of these signs are built in to help us maintain the effective and uninterrupted performance of, in some […]

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Week # 11 Wisdom Builder Psalm 4:8

Did everyone remember to turn their clocks back this Sunday morning?  If not I hope you enjoyed your sleep. Uninterrupted sleep, in safety, is a blessing most of us don’t consider very often.  Unless, we are among the ranks of those who have been directly affected by the effects of not sleeping well.   We […]

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ADORE Series: Eternal Peace!

Welcome to the final post in the ADORE Series: Eternal Peace— The reflections of Advent are the gentle melodies that play in our hearts and are often drown out by the clamoring of the season demanding our attention.   It is the goodness of God that meets us in our moments of reflection to remind us that […]

Weekly Wellspring

Week #1 Wisdom Builder Psalm 25:4-5

Happy New Year!   Welcome to 2020 and the Weekly Wellspring.  Come back week after week to find a new verse to add to your wellspring of scripture to treasure in your heart.  I was inspired to act on my desire to recall more scripture from memory including it’s address(book of the Bible, chapter, and verse […]

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ADORE Series: Rejoicing Hope!

The ADORE Series Continues: Rejoicing in Hope- Celebrating the anticipation, we have so much to rejoice for in this season of adoration! Let’s seize this opportunity to rejoice in the anticipation of celebrating the hope of the world that came to dwell with us on earth. The birth of Jesus was foretold centuries before the […]

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ADORE Series: Outrageous Joy

Welcome to the third post in the ADORE Series: Outrageous Joy— What comes to mind when you hear “Outrageous Joy”? Is it a loud memory or a quiet gentle one?   Is it a memory of a time experienced with others or a personal moment? I have experienced joy in so many ways it is […]

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ADORE Series: Deep Love

Welcome to the second week in the ADORE Series, Deep Love— Through out the scriptures, God’s “deep love” for His people is described in many ways. When I think about His “deep love” a picture comes to mind of a precious gem that has many facets. It sparkles brilliantly as light shines on it. The […]

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Oh Come Let Us ADORE our Savior!

We are in the season of anticipation and adoration— Christmas and New Years! What is your natural focus around these Holidays? For me, I naturally get caught up in the anticipation. I am easily drawn into the business of preparing and experiencing all the season has to offer– from yummy treats, beautiful displays and programs […]

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The Journey Continues…

What are you doing with the heartbeats you have been given?  Where is your life journey taking you?   Some of us are enjoying the ride and maintaining a steady heartbeat.  While others are holding on wondering what is around the next corner, with hearts beating out of their chest.  Wherever you’re at along this […]

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Warrior~Princess Reflections

Everywhere we turn from social media, TV, to magazines, and ads we find headlines aimed at self-improvement: “try the latest…”, “how to…”, “you just need ….”.  I’m sure you can add more to the list. We live in a world that bombards us with messages that speak to our desire for more. Do you think we would […]

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The Power of Self

Can you walk in a straight line? How about with your eyes closed? With our eyes open and something to focus on, yes, most of us are able to walk in a straight line. But when the ability to see and focus on our destination is removed or interrupted we will end up off course. […]

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Pause for Pain

Dec 12th Lord do I really have to pause for the pain? focus outrageous Joy—- Moose visitation— derailed from assessment— move downstairs then upstairs to avoid distractions just to discover a poem and prayer written in Mom’s handwriting—– so sad that I missed the pain my parents felt but knew the joy my brother and […]

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Alter Ego’s are Revealing

Altering our ego can give us a new perspective and in many cases new found confidence.   Halloween in America is a time when people do just that they alter their ego by taking on a masked personality through a costume that gives them a temporary new identity.   It can be fun, empowering, and enlightening all […]

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The Luxury of Options

The luxury of options…. What exactly does it mean to have the luxury of options? Personally, I think there is a point where having endless options turns into a nightmare. When you have too many choices the process of choosing the right one is agonizing.   Unless, your endless choices are ice cream flavors, ha ha. […]

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Smile Power

We hold within us the power to brighten a persons day from the inside out.   Really, it’s called smiling.  According to numerous studies every time we smile we reduce our stress level, reduce our blood pressure, and boost our immune system.   Of course the first noticeable result is the positive emotion that  bubbled up to […]

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Three H’s of Harmony in Crisis

Discover the Three H’s of Harmony.   It’s Monday and another amazing week is in front of us full of opportunities to promote harmony in our home.  Our homes might be starting to feel more like hubs as rooms are more multi purposed than before. How are you managing all the changes in your home? […]

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Adore Series the Wise Men

Welcome to the final post in the ADORE Series: The Wise men— Happy New Year!!! Did you know tomorrow is the  Day of Epiphany? Wednesday January 6th marks the day to celebrate the day that  The Wise Men or Maggi arrived and worshiped Jesus the newborn king—“And he will be their peace.” (Micah 5:5) Some traditions […]

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One Wrong Turn Into Poland

We took one wrong turn after just crossing the boarder into Poland. Normally, that would be okay it just meant we were about to discover something new, or I was going to tour another “bus only” lane. It wasn’t one of those carefree wrong turns… Today, I was the trail vehicle in a caravan, of […]