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A Jolt of Jesus

A Jolt of Jesus

Astonishing. After two weeks of sleeping in and moving slow, my family rose before dawn without effort. With little more than a gentle “Good morning—time to get up,” everyone was off and running. Before I knew it I was waving goodbye, closing the door . . . and...

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Transformed by Nonconformity

Transformed by Nonconformity

Conform, conform, I really must conform. To think that I should be myself would cause me alarm. Conform, conform, I simply must conform. I’d die of fright at the plight of living on my own. Which is more important? Security—or identity? The catchy tune from summer...

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Transformed by Praise

Transformed by Praise

Have you ever gotten a taste of something that just made your whole spirit pucker? I think Mary Poppins was on to something with her “spoonful of sugar” philosophy.  Some moments in life could really use a little sweetening. The other day I came across an online...

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Test of Friendship

Test of Friendship

Most of all, love each other steadily and unselfishly, because love makes up for many faults. I Peter 4:8 (The Voice) Living with teenagers is a lot like living in a Friends episode. Lots of plot twists, plenty of drama . . . and some comedies of error that aren’t...

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Pray Without Pressure

Pray Without Pressure

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) Some call it “pressure of speech.” My family calls it “verbal diarrhea.” An inelegant but accurate description....

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I’m a wife, mother, writer, speaker . . . and a woman fully reclaimed by God. In other words, just an ordinary gal . . . living an extraordinary life.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you; Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.”

-Romans 12:1