Transform your day with five minutes in His presence

Transform your day with five minutes in His presence

Transform your day with five minutes in His presence

Every night I sleep with my phone charging on my night stand as most people do.  When I awake in the mornings I usually spend a few minutes lying in bed thinking about the day ahead or reviewing the day before. On the mornings when I am not focused or intentional, I have a tendency to absent-mindedly reach for my phone.  Without much thought I proceed to scan through my emails or flip through my social feeds.  It doesn’t take long for me to realize what I am doing and I remind myself this is no way to start the

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Bullying, dealing with the ugly monster

The hallway seemed poorly lit.  The shadowy corners of the corridor gave the impression it was much later than the first period after lunch.  I needed to hurry or I was going to be late and Mr. Richardson hated when students walked into his classroom while he was teaching. Everyone seemed to have exited the dreary locker-lined halls.  Everyone except for myself and the two “goth” girls lingering halfway down the halls.  They leaned lazily against one wall turning to watch as my hurried steps echoed on the scruffy tiled floors. I heard one giggle followed by another and saw

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When we struggle with our self worth

When we struggle with our self worth

How do you feel about yourself? We are bombarded every where we turn with images and articles that communicate to us what we should look like and how we should feel about our self. Whether we are sitting in front of the television set or standing in line at the grocery store, these messages are constantly coming at us and have a very powerful impact on how we think. It shouldn’t be surprising that the advertising industry is responsible for creating some of the insecurities women face on a daily basis. They pressure us to maintain a level of beauty

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When God is Silent

When God is Silent

Think of the times you’ve had to leave home for an extended period of time, going off to school or perhaps even getting married. Some of the most comforting and reassuring words we can hear from our parents are these, “If you ever need anything, doesn’t matter day or night, just call, we’ll be here.” Even though there may be apprehension and probably some anxiety about the unknown,  somehow hearing those reassuring words help to make us feel calmer and less worried.  We know we can trust our parents’ words and that they will indeed be there for us.  Their

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Are there weeds in your heart?

Are there weeds in your heart?

  Every spring as soon as the weather is tolerable, my husband gets out the gardening tools from the backyard shed. It’s gardening time! Time to pull up the weeds and prune the dead branches and shrubs left over from the harsh winter months.  Then it is time to till the soil and mulch the garden beds before adding new annuals and even a few perennials. I find this process both tedious and tiresome and I have to admit I am more of a spectator than I am an active participant.  Gardening just isn’t one of my strengths nor is it one

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Celebrate your marriage 

Celebrate your marriage 

I have much to celebrate but among all the wonderful blessings God has bestowed on me, the one I’m most thrilled about right now is to be able to celebrate 23 years of marriage to my best friend!! My better half, however, is visiting his family several hundred miles away as family and friends come together to celebrate his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. One important fact you need to know before I continue is that my husband and I share the same wedding date as his parents. I remember the stunned look on his face and the tears in his eyes

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Finding treasures in hardship

Finding treasures in hardship

We are on our way to a mini family vacation out of town and it is stop and go traffic on our major highway. With hubby at the wheel and the kids half asleep in the back, I decided to get caught up on my devotions. I’m not a morning person, so it was much easier burying my face in a book than carrying on a conversation. This way if I had to zone out periodically I wouldn’t offend any one. I’ve just started a new devotional plan “Grief bites” from YouVersion and as I read, these words jumped out

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It matters where our focus is

It matters where our focus is

It was going to be a beautiful spring day. I could tell by the golden rays playing peek-a-boo through the tiny crack in my drapes. I noticed it but I wasn’t feeling it. Lying there I was tempted to pull the sheets over my head and steal another hour tucked under the covers but I resisted the temptation and instead, half-heartedly threw my legs over the side of the bed. To be honest with you, despite the brightness of the morning, I was feeling rather drab. My spirit was weary even though the night had been restful. And neither the

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