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

Decluttering Vacation Debt Before You Leave!

Not fully recovered from jet lag, I’m still trying to get back in the swing of things just three days after returning from a ten day vacation.


It was lovely and wonderful and all sorts of cool. We saw incredible sights, hiked, snorkeled, dined on delicious food, shopped, and enjoyed a bit of adventure too.


And guess what? When we came home, the only thing we brought with us were memories and souvenirs, NOT DEBT!


Our entire trip – flights, accommodations, transportation, food, tours, gifts, and entertainment – was all paid for with cash. No, of course we didn’t traipse around with thousands of dollars in our wallets, but we had the money for everything we bought. And it felt good. Actually great! We packed a lot of things for this trip, but guilt wasn’t one of them.

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The World Has Gone Mad

The world has gone mad, or so it seems, imploding from all sides.


“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Tim 3:1-5


So, why are we surprised?



Our pastor said, “Dark is getting darker faster.”


We know this and yet we are still shocked and dismayed. In all fairness, it’s hard not to feel overcome with grief considering the atrocities that are befalling our nation, our communities, and our churches.


Dark is getting darker

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Life Lessons in Finding Dory

Last week I had a blast going with family to see Finding Dory. It was my grandson’s first ‘Big Movie’ and boy did he love it! I don’t know if I had more fun watching Finding Dory or watching Kai. Bright-eyed with squeals of delight, he was over-the-top crazy about the whole experience.  Not only did he have his cousins there with him, but there was popcorn, candy, and even a blue Icee to boot. Life just doesn’t get much better than that when you’re three.


While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie too, I found myself watching it through Kai’s eyes. What was he thinking and feeling? What was going through his smart, sensitive mind?


It wasn’t until afterwards that I really pondered the characters and storyline from an adult perspective. Sure, there’s the obvious issue that Dory struggles with short-term memory loss, and the strong message that we should ‘Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Release’ marine life, but beyond that, there were so many valuable life lessons woven into the vibrant animation.

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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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