How loving and learning can improve your relationships

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My new friend, Susie Albert Miller, and I met in an online networking group.  We immediately hit it off , because she has immense compassion and insight. Her new book: Listen, Learn, Love: How to Dramatically Improve Your Relationships in 30 Days or Less!    releases TODAY!  I am honored to have her as a […]

What God can do with an unwilling heart and a rummage sale

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If you saw my Facebook page last week promoting a garage sale you might have thought, “oh she’s one of those people who live for having garage sales!” But don’t be fooled.  I’m not that girl. First, they’re a lot of work.  Second, I don’t love haggling with people over 50 cents.  Third, they’re a […]

When words hurt…how do we heal?

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Because of things like social media, it is easier than ever for folks to express their opinions.  Whether they share a piece of content with a controversial overtone, write a post on a hot topic, or make a comment on someone else’s post, everywhere you look, there are “experts”, “encouragers”, “over-commenters”, “stalkers” and even, “naysayers.” […]

How to help when someone is hurting.

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You may or may not know, I’m writing a book.  It’s called:  “Alongside: A practical guide for loving your neighbor in times of trial.”  I’ve had my own share of trials, but as part of my research, I’ve also interviewed lots of people who’ve lived through challenging times.  I’ve learned a lot…but today I’m reminded, […]

3 Steps toward Walking by Faith

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A woman quits her job with only a promise of another.  A spouse says yes to another cross-country move.  A wife tries to put her marriage back together after a deep hurt. A mother reaches out for help to heal her depression.  A friend speaks truth to another. What do all these people have in […]

How does one make peace with an unexpected life?

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When my kids were little, I loved any chance to snuggle on the sofa with them and watch the TV show “Little Bear” on Nickelodeon.   First of all, who doesn’t love a darling, fluffy, walking and talking, brown ball of fur? And secondly, what’s not to love about a bear who has good manners, a […]

2 Easy Ways to Strengthen your Marriage (and why I won’t see “50 Shades”)

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I can hardly tolerate the insane amount of press the movie “50 Shades” is getting, or the record breaking number of people who are seeing it.  And I really didn’t want to waste my energy talking about something I believe has no positive value.  But, I do want to steer people toward truth.  And the […]

I wanna be Brave.

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Often my most profound revelations come when I’m folding laundry, driving in the car, cleaning the endless crumbs from the kitchen counter or cooking dinner.  Ok.  Profound might be an overstatement, but I’d like to think God uses those narrow spaces of time when I’m engaged in the mundane tasks of my day to whisper […]