Posts Tagged The Passionate Pursuit

An Eternal or Earthly Perspective?

An Eternal or Earthly Perspective?

One of my favorite old movies is Pollyanna. Pollyanna had a positive perspective of life that eventually rubbed off on an entire town. I’ll never forget her “glad game.” She could always find something positive about a situation, no matter how bad it might have looked. For instance, she had asked for a doll for Christmas, but instead, got a set of crutches. When asked what was good about that, she replied, “I didn’t need

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Drawing Strength From the Psalms

Drawing Strength From the Psalms

When I ask someone what they’re reading in their Quiet Times, especially when they’re not in a structured study, I often get the response, “I’m spending time in the Psalms.” I think we’re drawn to the Psalms because we can see ourselves in the words expressed by the psalmists. We can identify with their struggles, battles, discouragement, pains, and insecurities. The Psalms comfort us because we realize we’re not the only person who feels these

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When It’s Hard to Trust

When It's Hard to Trust

As you look back over your life, has it turned out as you had hoped it would? Did God follow the script you would have written for your life? He didn’t for me. If He had followed my script, I would be married. I would have children and grandchildren. We’d never have to worry about money. We’d be healthy. My husband and I would stay madly in love until Jesus takes us home together in

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The Day I Unloaded on God

The Day I Unloaded on God

  “God, why? What has she done to deserve this? She has loved you and served you all her life. I don’t understand why you’re letting her go through this. It doesn’t seem that You love her . . . or me.” These words spewed out of my mouth as I drove home from the nursing home one day. I was mad at God. Why? Why can’t you just take my mom home? Why are you

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Words of Encouragement

Words of Encouragement

Lately, life seems out of control! B-U-S-Y. And as I talk with others, they’re feeling the same way. You may be feeling stressed today – a health issue, finances, a difficult relationship, job, responsibilities, family, a loss, or just being pulled in multiple directions. When I feel this way, the best thing I can do is sit down and meditate on God’s Word. His words calm and soothe in every situation in life. So, today,

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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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The Value of Community

The Value of Community

I realized this week that I like to talk. I’ve had laryngitis the past two days, and I didn’t like not being able to verbalize what I was thinking. I learned several things about myself from this situation. I like to interact with people. When I can’t, I feel isolated. I like to sing out loud with worship music in the car. It’s frustrating when I have to keep quiet. I need others. Laryngitis isn’t

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Prayer: Ritual or Relationship?

Prayer: Ritual or Relationship?

How would you describe your prayer life? Is prayer a special part of your day? Do you protect and cherish that time, or do you just go through the motions so you can check it off your to-do list? Is prayer an obligation or a necessity for you? Have you made it a ritual, or is it about the relationship? Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount: “Prayer is

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I’m Under Attack!

I'm Under Attack!

Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in attempted logins on my website from countries all over the world. My initial response is, “Why would anyone want to attack and get into MY website? I’m not a big corporation or banking enterprise. I don’t have people’s personal information and passwords, and I don’t have any national security secrets. Why me?” Thankfully, I have programs and plugins that monitor these attacks and block them. But, I’m continually looking

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Five Questions to Ponder As We Begin a New Year

Five Questions to Ponder As We Begin a New Year

A new year! I always get excited about what a new year might hold. God knows what’s ahead for each of us this year, but He reveals it to us one step at a time. For some, there will be great joy and pleasant surprises, gifts from God. For others, there will be heartache and sadness, also gifts from God. How will we respond to what He has in store for us this year? I

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