Spiritual Growth

What to Do When Fear Creeps In: Speak Truth Out

It’s easy for fear to creep in before you realize what is happening, and just as hard to know what to do when it does. One of the primary ways Satan defeats God’s people is through fear. Fear of failure, fear of inadequacy, fear of disappointment, fear of the unknown…. I have personally struggled with…

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5 Easy Ways Women Focus on Time to Pray

When you’re a busy wife, mom, business owner, employee, ministry leader or church volunteer, there are a few things you know you always need. A good calendar. A  good system to manage everything you have to remember. A couple of favorite restaurants on speed dial for last minute takeout when dinner disasters strike. Seven to…

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10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Understanding of the Bible

As Christians, reading and understanding the Bible is key to growing in our understanding of God – and important if we want to deepen and grow our relationships with Him. But many of us aren’t exactly sure of how to do that. I get it. I’ve been there. It’s hard knowing where to start. It’s hard knowing what something…

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Mad at God? 5 Ways to Overcome Your Anger

The following is an edited excerpt from my new book, How Can I Possibly Forgive? Rescuing Your Heart from Resentment and Regret. We sat in the quiet of the church sanctuary, two chairs pulled together, our knees almost touching, listening to the faint laughter and conversation in the hall behind us as women lined up…

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When Life Doesn’t Fit Your Plan

I stood in line waiting for my zone to be called so I could make my way onto the plane. The gate area was crowded, filled with people jostling, doing that nudge, step, nudge, I’m-not- really-trying-to-move-in-front-of-you-but-yes-I-really-am  kind of dance. Still feeling the effects of full days and late nights from the conference I’d just left, I…

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3 Myths That Make it Harder to Forgive

The following is an excerpt from the book, How Can I Possibly Forgive? Rescuing Your Heart from Resentment and Regret, available in stores October 1st. Forgiveness isn’t easy, is it? I haven’t found it to be in my life, and I’m assuming since you’re reading this, you probably haven’t either. But maybe you didn’t pick this [book]…

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5 Ways to Forgive Yourself

Sometimes the person we have the most trouble forgiving is ourselves. We can’t forget the mistake we made that cost us a relationship or hurt or disappointed someone we loved. We struggle with what we did or didn’t do, and we hold back from doing anything because we don’t want to repeat what happened before.…

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3 Ways to Stop Taking Everything So Personally

Do you ever notice how easy it is sometimes to get offended? A co-worker makes a comment that goes beyond just funny sarcasm, or a friend at church seems to be deliberately trying to avoid you. Maybe there’s one extended family member who knows just what to say to make you feel like crawling under…

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What’s God Asking That You’re Avoiding?

We ended our discussion last Wednesday night at church with this question, which is still on my mind this morning, probably because it relates to another book I just finished, The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. “What divinely given responsibilities are you neglecting because you’re too busy controlling responsibilities God hasn’t called you to?” When we…

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A Scripture Memory Solution for Busy Women

I want God’s Word in my heart, don’t you? But I’ve noticed something as, ahem,  my child has gotten older. My scripture memory is not always so great. Okay – my memory in general is a little shaky. I put on deodorant twice because I can’t remember if I did it the first time. I…

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