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Yearly Archive for: ‘2013’

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Again

It’s New Year’s Eve. Time for resolutions (or passionate words about NOT making resolutions). Many of us probably feel pretty awful about “the holidays.” Again. – We resolved to not overspend, but we did. So now our credit card debt is worse than before. – We promised ourselves that this year our (mother-in-law / daughter-in-law / father / sister / brother / …

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Six Deaths in 36 Days

On any given day, I love being an early morning riser. I used to love it as a child, when I would follow my dad around the house as he went through his morning routine—I’d even tuck a handkerchief and old men’s wallet and little black comb into MY pants pocket too because I wanted to be just like him. I …

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So Tara? Do you think it could just be PRIDE?

It’s that time of the year again. The time of tinsel and creches and (my) panic attacks related to accompanying the church choir. Oh oh oh. Why don’t I ever remember how terrible this feels for myself and DECLINE this invitation to serve when it rolls around each fall? Is it because I adore the conductor? She is, beyond a …

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“One reason people cling to the hurts they have received is that it gives them an excuse for being angry …”

My friend and one of my heroes of the faith, Ajith Fernando, graciously gave me permission to share this with you. It includes some of his key teachings from Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World (which I just ordered and am looking very forward to reading). Ajith has a particular burden for this topic because of the deep hurt …

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Introductory Course on Logic for our 5th/6th Grade Theology Class

When school reconvenes in January, I will be teaching our 5th and 6th Grade Theology Class some basic logic. I’ve been listening to podcasts and reading away to try to get myself ready for their questions. (Having never formally studied logic, I feel the weakness of my self-study and self-preparations. But I’m hoping I can stay at least one or …

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One of the Cruelest Things I Ever Said to Anyone (And One of the Most Amazing Stories of Forgiveness I Have Ever Experienced)

When I was a freshman in high school, I was a complete and utter jerk. All I wanted was to fit in with “the cool crowd.” I let a boy I didn’t even like or respect kiss me just so I could wear his football jersey on a game Friday. I gossiped and giggled with girls who were mean—just because …

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Lynnell is Our Winner!

Congratulations, Lynnell, RandomNumberGenerator chose YOU so now you get to pick which resource you would like me to send you: Ed Welch: Shame Interrupted – How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection Elyse Fitzpatrick: Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety Ed Welch: When I Am Afraid – A Step by Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety Ken Sande: Resolving Everyday Conflict Tim …

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What about repeating (habitual?) patterns of sin and struggle? How do the Seven A’s of Confession and Four Promises of Forgiveness apply?

I recently had to make a “Seven A’s Confession” to a dear friend. Like all real confessions, it was embarrassing. I was frustrated with myself for blowing it. Again. I felt bad about hurting someone I care about. Talking it out for real took time and effort and emotion, three things that neither of us really had extra margin in this …

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Super Easy Way to Get FIVE ADDITIONAL Entries into our Family’s Video/Book Giveaway AND the Chance to Win an Extra Resource Too!

So. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to possibly motivate you wonderful lurkers to help our family out with something pretty important … and I thought that MAYBE you’d like FIVE ADDITIONAL entries into our current “win free stuff” video/book giveaway AND the chance to win not just one but TWO resources. Are you interested? Here are the specs: 1. My …

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Greater love hath no man than this …

I hope that I can live like this man. We don’t call them The Greatest Generation for nothin’ … (HT: Challies) (Oh! And for the first time in my life, I actually watched the little ad that I could have skipped AND I BOUGHT (well, my sister bought) the item advertised: Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine. It seemed like …

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