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Lonely and Lost in Life’s Mess? Embrace the Solitude of Hope

When my 6-year-old brother died on the operating table our family was confronted with horrendous grief. When I stuck my hand into the moving blades of a lawnmower disaster could have happened. When national guard troops were stationed at the end of our street because flood waters threatened to devastate our home, I got pretty scared. But I never lost Hope. In each situation I relied on a trusted relationship....

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Here’s a Thought: Can I Really Speak Kindly to Everyone?

In the 1989 film, Steel Magnolias, Clairee, the wealthiest woman in town, has a gossip problem. At one point she invites a friend into the conversation by saying, “If you can’t say anything nice about somebody, come sit by me.” By Brandon A. Cox We are taught as children to speak kindly of others. By adulthood, however, we’ve learned the skill of rationalization. We determine that some people just deserve to...

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The Art of Listening: 5 Ways To Be Present

Have you ever been with someone, and as they listened to you, you felt as though you were the only person in the room? The person listening had no sense of needing to be somewhere else. They had no sense of needing to interrupt you. They simply listened. How did that feel? On the other hand, have you ever been chatting with someone and you could tell they were only...

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What Do Zumba and Spiritual Formation Have in Common?

I peered through the open door into the gym. The sound of salsa music filled the room. Women of all shapes and sizes were dancing to the rhythm and, at the same time, getting fit. I so wanted to join them, but my fear of looking foolish kept me from “salsa-ing” and “merengue-ing” the pounds off… When we began Unhurried Living, we pruned down our budget extremely tight. We got...

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Spiritual Warfare is Very Real; Here’s 4 Proven Ways to Stand Strong

I’m not sure when the term “spiritual warfare” was coined, but in my research I’ve discovered it mentioned as early as the 1600’s. Spiritual warfare is depicted (without using the term) back to the writing of the New Testament as Paul stated: Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against...

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Did Billy Joel Have It Right? Has It Always Been a Matter of Trust?

It would be easy for me to say that I’m constantly searching for the will of God. But I would only be fooling myself. And if I told another person that, it would be a lie. The truth is that God has a very long leash. He lets me gravitate towards my will all the time. Unfortunately, I can hang out in that my-will-world way too long. Fortunately, God loves me...

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Fear is Not His Thing, Shouldn’t Be Ours

He knows no fear… By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed” (Heb. 11:8). Whither he went, he knew not; it was enough for him to know that he went with God. He leant not so much upon the promises as upon the Promiser. He looked not on the difficulties of his lot, but on the King,...

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