What Was I Thinking?

I made a big mistake last Saturday afternoon when I opened my front door to a stranger. A few hours later, I had a new, expensive, bells-and- whistles alarm system that I didn’t need. Oh, but the salesman’s pitch was so convincing that I couldn’t refuse. That night as I sat down and looked at the details of the contract and thought about the increased monthly fees, I knew I had made a mistake. Honestly,

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How Do You Measure Spiritual Growth?

How do you measure spiritual growth? What characteristics do you look for? What activities would you be participating in? You may list some of the characteristics that signify spiritual growth as fruit of the Spirit, a repentant heart, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, consistency in your walk with God, the practice of spiritual disciplines, love for God and for His Word, obedience, fear of God, a changed life, and dependence on God. But to what degree do those

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God Is Faithful

Today I received word that a dear friend (43 years old) has been diagnosed with breast cancer. My heart sunk as I thought about the road ahead for her – surgery, radiation, possibly chemo. Many of you have already walked this road. How do we respond when we get news like this in our own lives that we didn’t want to hear? For me, fear sets in. Worry and anxiety take over. But this morning,

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Spiritual Disciplines: Delight or Drudgery?

I hope I’m as happy as my mom when I’m 97 years old and someone makes me exercise six days a week! Mom loves physical therapy and even though it’s hard at times, she keeps going. She actually enjoys it and knows the end result is for her good. She is such a great example to me. But as much as physical exercise is good for us, even at the age of 97, how much

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Anxiety and Fear

Fear is something we all face at some point in our lives. I experienced fear this week as I had to go to a doctor appointment I didn’t want to go to. But those fears were unrealized. What I had imagined might happen didn’t. Why did I waste my energy worrying about something that might never happen or wasn’t as bad as I had imagined it would be? I have learned that God will give

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Change Is Hard

Change is hard. I admit I don’t always look forward to change because it’s more comfortable to stay with what I’m used to and what I know. After all, I’ve eaten Eggo waffles for breakfast almost every morning for 15+ years and I don’t want to change! But change is good for us. This week I changed the design of my website. It was a hard, long process, but in the end, I feel it

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Time for a Reboot

I started this blog a year ago with the purpose of encouraging others to passionately pursue Jesus Christ. I especially wanted to provide materials for people to use in discipleship. After a year, I feel it is time to make some changes with the website to more effectively communicate that purpose and to give it a new look. The website title will no longer be Press On, but The Passionate Pursuit. In order to make

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When I Don’t Know What to Do

I don’t know about you, but there are times when my life seems overwhelming and out of control, like a tornado. Responsibilities continue to add up, deadlines need to be met, people need to be seen, and unexpected surprises interrupt the plans for my day. Life gets overwhelming, and fear creeps in. How am I going to get everything done, Lord? How am I going to deal with this overwhelming situation? I don’t know what

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How NOT To Deal With Fear

 Picture yourself in a small boat in a large body of water. All of a sudden, a great storm comes up and the boat is being flooded with wave after wave. The sky is getting darker and the wind is blowing fiercely. I admit I would be scared. We face storms in life and our fears surface in those storms. We read about a similar situation that took place in a small boat on the

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What Are You Afraid Of?

What are you afraid of? I’ve heard it said that at the root of every fear is the fear of losing control. But none of us are ever really in control. God alone is in control. In last week’s post, we began our discussion about fear, and we will continue our series on fear for the next few weeks. If we’re completely honest, we all have fears. See if you identify with any of these:

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