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Rest: What is That?

Do you ever feel like a hamster running in a tread wheel? For many of us, life has become a fast-paced sprint that never stops. As I meet with women each week, I hear a recurring theme: “I need rest.” And I’m right there with them. I’m tired. I need rest, too. We have become a society that rushes through life and fills our calendars to overflowing. We’re exhausted and weary, but we don’t stop to

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned

When Things Don't Go As Planned

Do you ever have days that just don’t go the way you had planned? That was my day yesterday. I came into the office excited to see that the boxes containing our freshly-printed Bible study books had arrived just in time for our Women’s Ministry kick-off Sunday morning. But to my horror, when I opened one of the boxes to take a look, the Bible study wasn’t at all what I had expected. The books

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I Hit the Jackpot!!!

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about the 425 million dollar Powerball jackpot. As I was eating breakfast this morning, the newscasters were reminding us that we had till 8:00 tonight (Wed.) to buy our tickets. As I was listening to them, I started day-dreaming about what I would do if I had 425 million dollars. Perhaps I’d update my house and make all those costly repairs I’ve put off. Or I’d buy new clothes

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Growing Old Isn’t for Sissies

“Growing old isn’t for sissies.” I hear those words almost every day from a friend of mom’s at the nursing home where she lives. Even though those words make me laugh at times, I also realize how true they are. Growing old is NOT for sissies. The older we get, perhaps the wiser and more mature we get, but the challenges seem to get harder. We get aches and pains that we never had to

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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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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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