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Olive Branch, Mississippi (Christ Presbyterian Church)

Dear friends, Wow! What a wonderful time I had with you all this past weekend. Thank you again for granting me the privilege of serving you. I hope that you’ll let me know how your studies of Peacemaking Women go. (And especially how the elders and deacons do — or should I say how the kids do with the whole …

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Are you studying Peacemaking Women?

I keep hearing about groups (women’s ministries, Bible studies, mentoring relationships) who are studying our book, Peacemaking Women–Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict. Are you one of them? Would you care to dialogue with others? If so — here is a nice little blog posting to invite your comments and discussion. 🙂 Please let me know how I can serve you …

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Still struggling …

Just a note to let you know that I continue to struggle with my habitual sins of gluttony and sloth. How I can even begin my fall speaking schedule, I must admit, is a challenge. Today at breakfast I said to Fred, “I am a woman of such weak, weak faith.” And he replied, “Well, then, it’s a good thing …

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A Tale of Two Responses …

Two different women observe my struggle with sin, my sadness, my weight gain, and just my general-everyday failures and missteps in life. Response A = “What’s wrong with you? Why are you so troubled? I thought you were ‘the expert’ on peacemaking and all mature and everything. Why are you so down? I think you should fix your relationship with …

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BEYOND what depends on me?

I’m sure you’re familiar with Romans 12:18: “As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” It’s been ringing (screaming?) in my ears and heart all day. Why? Because I have two horribly broken relationships in my life and the weight of my sadness concerning them is simply crushing. (Conflict is miserable! And I’m the first one …

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I want to run away because of ME — not you!

Last week, Fred and I had one of the most disturbing — fights? difficult conversations? “opportunities”? future peacemaker seminar illustrations? — of our lives. The — let’s just call it a fight — the fight itself was nothing new. Seriously — it was fight #24 or something in our marriage. But here is the truly frightening aspect of it … …

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Only Christ (or else I’d give up entirely …)

“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Hebrews 12:4 Man! Is that an understatement or what? I’ve not yet resisted to the point of shedding my own blood? Some days, I don’t even bother to get out of bed or even consider engaging in the battle at all. I abdicate, …

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The Cure for Sin

Thank God for repentance! Thank God for His mercies! I was tremendously blessed, yet again, by a “Slice of Infinity” (Ravi Zacharias Ministries’ ezine) written by the amazingly gifted Jill Carattini. I urge you to read her essay and sign up today to receive this daily devotional. It’s the one email devotional I read every day! Read Jill’s essay here: …

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