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A Major Meltdown

A Major Meltdown

I had a complete meltdown Tuesday night. Ouch! I cried out in excruciating pain and began to yell at the one who inflicted this pain on me, telling him to get out of the room. I was angry as I blotted the blood running out of two deep wounds on my foot. Hobson was in trouble. For those of you who don’t know, Hobson is my lovable, but challenging, two-year-old cat. He didn’t mean to

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Feeling A Little Stressed

Feeling A Little Stressed

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the things being added to your to-do list? Do you lie awake at night wondering how you’re going to find the time to get everything done? I feel that way this week. Deadlines are looming over me at work, things at home need to be addressed and taken care of, preparations for an upcoming trip are waiting to be done, lectures need to be written, my refrigerator is

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The Gift of Rest

The Gift of Rest

As I talk with people, I hear a recurring theme: “I’m worn out. I need rest. Life is spinning madly out of control!” It seems we’re all running on empty and in danger of burning out. But, surely, that’s not God’s plan for our lives. Is it even possible to find rest when life seems to get busier every day and the demands just keep piling up? How can we find rest when we are

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When Life Is a Mess

When Life Is a Mess

I came home one day recently to this scene – a laundry room completely ransacked. No, I wasn’t broken into by robbers. My cat Hobson decided to have a field day and climb onto things he shouldn’t have been climbing on – resulting in a mess on the laundry room floor. Somedays, life is like that. Things are going along smoothly, and we turn a corner or open a door. SURPRISE! Something totally unexpected is

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Resting in the Sovereignty of God

Resting in the Sovereignty of God

Does your life seem out of control and you’re wondering why your circumstances are what they are? When I find myself in those situations, the attribute of God that most comforts me is His sovereignty. He is in control, no matter how bad things seem. As I ponder God’s sovereignty, I am reminded of three truths: 1. Nothing touches me that God hasn’t allowed. Everything that happens to me and around me is under God’s control.

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Don’t Worry. Pray!

Prayer is vital for growth in the Christian life. It is our way to communicate with God, expressing our heart to Him and listening to Him. Prayer reminds me of my dependence on Him and my need for Him. I acknowledge I need Him and can’t do life on my own when I turn to God in prayer. I was spending time recently in Philippians 4:6-7 and God showed me some principles of prayer from

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My Anxious Thoughts …

I had trouble going to sleep last night because I couldn’t turn off my anxious thoughts. Thoughts like: How am I ever going to get this done in time? What am I going to do if this happens? I don’t know what to do in this situation. What if . . . ? You can probably add your own anxious thoughts to that list. This morning as I was journaling in my quiet time with the

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 5)

We have been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress in life, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first four things we need to avoid are worry, running on empty, despair, and straying off the path. The fifth thing to avoid is fear. Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 4)

We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress in our lives, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first three things we need to avoid are worry, running on empty, and despair. The fourth thing to avoid is straying off the path. Psalm 23:3b – “He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Sheep are very dependent creatures. In order to flourish, they must know and

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How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 3)

Are you discouraged or feeling defeated? Do you need healing and restoration? We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first two things we need to avoid are worry and running on empty. The third thing to avoid is despair. Psalm 23:3 – “He restores my soul.” This phrase literally reads, “He causes my vigor to return.” It means to restore vitality or

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