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How to Deal When People Disrespect Your Boundaries

How to Deal When People Disrespect Your BoundariesMy young friend Thomas has the most controlling parents I’ve ever seen (and my parents were about as strict as they come).Tommy raised his two younger siblings because his parents couldn’t be bothered with it. He helped with homework, made sure their teeth were brushed, and got them […]

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When Life is Painful, You Need a Suffering Savior

When life is painful, you don’t need a God who is disconnected from the harsh realities of daily life. You need a suffering savior.

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How to Trust God in the Midst of Adversity

“I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
I don’t think this verse is our promise from God that we can do anything we put our minds to. I think it is actually a verse of comfort from a guy who wrote it while chained in prison, encouraging the rest of us who are stuck in dire circumstances to keep trusting. I think this verse actually drives home the very crux of the Gospel of Grace: we can face all sorts of things and persevere through them, as long as we keep trusting in a faithful, changeless God.

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Soul-Care: What It Is; What It Isn’t

Soul-Care: What It is, What It Isn’tSoul-Care is an interpersonal relationship in which a mentor partners with another person who longs to unclutter their soul and heal their image of God and self.Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from PixabayReconciliationIf you’ve heard the theological buzzword “deconstruction” tossed around, Soul-Care is a way to deconstruct your faith […]

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Social Distancing and the Despair of Jesus

Social Isolation Is a Silent Killer. Here’s Why.Several months ago, I visited a friend in ICU. Because of certain life choices, no one else had visited him. And since he was expressing his pain in harsh words, the nurses also didn’t spend any extra time at his bedside. But I’m stubborn. And I know his […]

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What Do You Believe about God? Here’s Why it Matters.

“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.” – 1 […]

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How to Listen to My Audiobook Absolutely Free

​To encourage and inspire you during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, I’​m releasing the entire audiobook of Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, absolutely free.From the back cover: What if you could experience a new level of freedom, strength, healing, and energy? Too many people are overwhelmed and holding onto […]

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How to Remain Calm When the World is in Chaos

How to Remain Calm When the World is in ChaosDo the headlines have your anxiety on high alert?Are you scared to leave your house and go to therapy?Does Coronavirus have you losing sleep?Are you struggling to remain calm when all the world is in chaos? Friend, I totally get it.  On Sunday, as our church gathered […]

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Surviving an Affair: How I Found Grace After He Cheated

I’ll never forget the day I started cursing. It was the day my husband admitted to having an affair.Even though I had suspected for a few months, all I could do was whisper “Bastard” and walk out the door. (I know, pretty low on the cussing scale, but we all have to start somewhere!) It was […]

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Free Course: How to Heal Your Hurts

​Are you ready to find healing from emotional pain? Join my free Heal Your Hurts Course toay!Then join me for this brand-new, ​FREE e-course!Heal Your Hurts CourseI’ll teach you ​how to release the physical, mental, and emotional pain that keeps you stuck in a world of hurt.The FREE step-by-step process to go from pain to […]