Weaning Me from the World

lordgavemestrengthRandy Alcorn shares in 90 Days of God’s Goodness a quote from J.C. Ryle “There is nothing which shows our ignorance so much as our impatience under trouble. We forget that every cross is a message from God, and intended to do us good in the end. Trials are intended to make us think – to wean us from the world – to send us to the Bible – to drive us to our knees. Health is a good thing but sickness is far better if it leads us to God. Prosperity is a great mercy; but adversity is a greater one if it brings us to Christ. Anything, anything is better than living in carelessness and dying in sin.”

If you’re anything like me, then you too struggle under the heavy weight of hardships, of sorrow, of evil, of suffering that either touches us directly (or indirectly).

I’m determined to see my trials through the lens of eternity.

How about you?

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Sometimes Healing is Just a Groan Away

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Still groaning…and God is still changing me from the inside out. Thankful that He never gives up on me.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

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Feeling bad about a bad choice you made?
Feeling sorry you didn’t speak up when you should have?
Feeling down about neglected relationships when you chose work over the people you love?
Feeling distressed about the state of the world?

Me too.
And often, I ask myself, what can I do?
The answer, I know, starts with dealing rightly with myself first.

And Max Lucado, once again, says it all…

The blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from every sin. 1 John 1:7

The cleansing is not a promise for the future but a reality in the present. Let a speck of dust fall on the soul of a saint, and it is washed away. Let a spot of filth land on the heart of God’s child, and the filth is wiped away…

Our Savior kneels down and gazes upon the darkest acts of our lives. But rather than…

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Sisters, Daughters, Friends: Relationships That Last

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This week is all about relationships. Sisters.Daughters. Friends. Singles…about to be married.

The one constant about relationships is that they are always changing.

People talk about life being a journey and it is…but so are the relationships we have with those around us. We begin at a starting point with another person and we move forward (or not), growing more in trust and respect over time (or not), depending on many different factors.

One thing is true, if we’re to keep relationships over the long haul, we have to expect to “weather” tough times with every person (at one time or another) and not give up (on them or the relationship).

Every friendship we have will be tested during difficult moments and then we decide to keep risking what we value most (generally our hearts) to keep…

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Love – The Opposite of Fear

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Love – the opposite of fear…not hate? How so?

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

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Interesting study this week on the correlation between sinful fear and selfishness by Lou Priolo.

Here goes —

People who are selfish tend to be fearful.
People who are fearful are necessarily selfish.
The opposite of (and remedy for) sinful fear is love. First John 4:18 explains, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”

Love is also antithetical to (as well as the antidote for) the sin of selfishness. According to 1 Corinthians 13:5, love “does not seek its own.” It is not selfish. Try looking at it as an equation.

Love is the opposite of Fear.
Love is the opposite of Selfishness

Now see what remains when you “factor out” love from the equation.

Fear
Selfishness

Fear and selfishness are corollaries.

Love is being more concerned with what I can…

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Empty Nest, What’s Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind

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Every now and then dreams do come true.

I’ve been thinking about this book for quite a while and today I’m seeing that dream become a reality.

Here’s what you might expect to find inside the pages of Empty Nest, What’s Next?

The purpose of “Empty Nest, What’s Next?” is to help parents adjust to their changing roles as parents of adult children. Unlike the first eighteen years of parenting, moms and dads now take on more of an advisory role and step out of the daily hands-on instructional role. In theory, this stepping to the sidelines parenting style should lead to a simpler, less stress-free life for the parents. However, real-life parenting young adults is often much more challenging than all the earlier years put together. Combine young adult immaturity with a dangerous world, and parents frequently find themselves beset with worry, fear, and anxiety. Intellectually letting go is one thing; emotionally letting go is much more difficult, especially when the consequences are adult sized. This resource will offer parents true stories of other moms and dads who are facing the very same challenges. Parents will discover a biblical model of faith-inspiring exercises that enable them to not simply cope with the demands of parenting their young adult children, but also to find peace, freedom, and joy in the process. “Empty Nest, What’s Next? “will offer encouragement, practical suggestions, and lots of comical asides to the always-evolving role of parenting.

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RX for Hijacked Thoughts

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Yesterday I was working in the kitchen processing two big buckets of apples and pears (for the third day in a row) and thinking about —

1) How wonderful the kitchen smelled as the fruits simmered with some cinnamon thrown in for good measure
2) How glad I was that we have both apple and pear trees from which to get such healthy food…for free
3) How much I would appreciate this fruit come December or January when the snow is flying and these tastes are but a memory
4) How afraid I was that I wouldn’t have enough time, energy, money for what’s coming in the next couple of months

WAIT!

If that sudden change of direction in my thoughts took you by surprise…imagine me. I’m sitting (standing) there minding my own business, busily working away, right smack dab in the middle of my happy moment…when suddenly I’m worrying…

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Taking Personal Responsibility for How We Feel

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“Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I hurt. You hurt. We all hurt. It’s a given. At one time or another, we all feel the anguish of some measure of emotional pain. As humans, we are too often emotionally driven, at the mercy of our ever-changing feelings, and far too dependent upon circumstances around us.

Clearly, some individuals “emote” more than others. But still, it is safe to say that every man, woman, and child experiences the full gamut of emotional responses and will continue to do so their entire lives. It is our reaction to these powerful feelings that counts. Simply stated, are we more reactive or proactive? Do we take some measure of responsibility for how we feel or not?

Most times, we respond to life’s stresses, the ups and downs of daily living (and any accompanying icky feelings), with…

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