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Romans 12:2
Encouragement to fulfill God's purpose through Practical Life Application and Navigation

Relationship Via Classified Ad

Would you agree that most people spend more time doing research for a new vehicle purchase or during a job search than they do when choosing a friend or spouse? I would!

 

classified ad - morguefileIn the days of old, people would pour over the classified ads, highlighting, circling, and tearing out the stand outs. Nowadays, the method might be a little different, but the concept is the same. Dig and dig and dig until you find exactly what you’re looking for.

 

If you’re searching for a sport utility vehicle, you aren’t going to dissect the luxury sedan section. Nope, you look in the appropriate listing and scan for details – year, mileage, engine, etc. If you’re an office administrator, you’re not going to find a job in the engineering section, so you stick to the ads specific to what you do and compare location, hours, qualifications, responsibilities, growth potential, benefits, and salary.

 

You narrow your search engine and hunt for exactly what you are looking for. Except in relationships.

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God’s Truth In That First Darn Scratch!

You buy something new or someone gives you a special present. It might be expensive. Perhaps not. But that isn’t the point. It’s new. And perfect. And shiny. And then WHAM, the first time out, something happens to it and all of a sudden your brand new thing ain’t so brand new anymore.

 

Talk about heartbreak! If you could just turn the hands of time back a few seconds, all would still be perfect, but alas, that isn’t possible. So you pout and wallow in your disappointment and regret.

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Why Should I Care About The Orlando Shooting? Decluttering Apathy

Before going to bed on the night of the Orlando shooting, I made a note to write something about the tragedy, but at the time, I didn’t know exactly what angle I planned to take.

 

Until I woke up the next morning.

 

God pressed on my heart the burning need to declutter apathy.

 

It’s the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and we’re not altogether shocked. At least I’m not.

 

These types of horrific crimes against humanity are becoming more commonplace and I feel wholly incapable of stopping them. Completely helpless. And since I don’t feel God has called me to live in a bubble of isolation, I simply go about my business, while understanding the inherent risks that are present in today’s world.

 

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NO EXIT! The Key To Marriage

It’s crazy to think that I’m writing a blog post on marriage. For those of you who don’t know my past, I was twice divorced and done, as in DONE, DONE, DONE, with men and the idea of marriage.

 

And yet here I am, years later, happily married. Glory be to God!

 

I would never lie about my past, but it’s not something I generally bring up unless prompted. Sadly, more and more couples are divorcing today than ever before, but it’s still not something to be proud of or brag about. Especially if you’re in ministry. Especially if you’re a life coach. Especially if you’re an author of self-help books.

 

Some nerve I have writing about marriage…

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The Danger of Surface Prayers

I’ve been praying for a precious little girl. Bree was born critically ill, and at just 8 months old, she continues to battle a host of horrific health issues; issues that could have snuffed out her young life several times over. Yet she continues to battle.

 

So I pray.

 

 

My Surface Prayer

 

Initially, my prayers went something like this…

 

“Father God, I lift this little baby up to you. I ask for comfort and freedom from pain. I pray for wisdom for the doctors; that every decision made would be in her best interests, and that the work of their hands would bring healing and restoration. We know you are the Almighty Healer, Lord, and we believe in miracles. Today, we ask for a miracle…”

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The Many Faces of Clutter

If someone asked you what clutter looked like, what would come to mind? You might think of scenarios such as these:

 

  • Piles of junk lying all around the house.
  • A garage so packed you can’t walk through it.
  • Drawers that won’t shut. 
  • Mail stacked up on the dining room table.
  • Clothes piled high on the dryer, waiting to be washed or folded.
  • Boxes still packed with stuff from the last move, three years ago.
  • Stairs lined with trip hazards.

 

None of these should surprise you; we all know what clutter looks like, right? But are we missing something?

 

Perhaps there’s more…

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Pretend Like You’re Moving!

Planning to Move? No? That’s okay, pretend like you are anyway!

 

We’ve been thinking about moving. Actually, a wee bit more than thinking. We’ve been preparing, just in case.

 

While we still have a few areas of challenge, our home is generally pretty decluttered. No big surprise there, right? And the clutter we still have to work through isn’t large, obvious piles of stuff. We don’t have rooms packed full, closets ready to burst, or drawers unable to close. I’ve got some boxes of pictures to deal with and old videos to convert to DVD’s. That kind of stuff. More time-consuming than space inhibiting.

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Remembering the Yarnell Fire

It’s been almost three years since a devastating fire wreaked havoc on the sleepy little town of Yarnell, AZ. A couple of days ago I listened to an interview with Brendan McDonough, the sole ‘Hot Shot’ survivor of the Yarnell Fire. His story, while one of overwhelming heartbreak, is also one of restoration. We are praying for this young man as he continues to heal and search for his new purpose. His book, My Lost Brothers, just went on sale.

Today we revisit the original post…

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30 Quick Declutter Do’s

Me? Declutter? Who has time?

In today’s fast paced society, quick is king and results must come instantly. We don’t have much patience for waiting or in delayed gratification.

In that spirit, we’ve developed 30 Quick Declutter Do’s.

Fast. Effective. Helpful. Necessary.

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Help! My Life Isn’t Turning Out How I Planned!

Are you grieving for the life you planned? The one you dreamt of?

 

Did you have goals for attaining a college degree, only to fall short?

 

Did you fantasize of marrying prince charming, only to find out your husband of two years has a pornography addiction?

 

Did you expect to excel in your career, only to have the demands of mommy-hood derail your aspirations?

 

Did you imagine your child would grow up to be a responsible member of society, only to have them embarrass you with their immature and reckless behavior?  

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