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A Stinky State

My friend Marlo and I led a conference together in a state I will not name. We found out we are like oil and water when it comes to our responses to situations. Marlo goes with the flow, looks at the positive side of things, and remains cheerful in the midst of not-so-ideal circumstances. Me? Let’s just say I don’t. Tired from the long flight, I was critical of the town the minute we stepped off the plane. It was my first visit to this particular state and I was not impressed. I have encountered chicken houses, paper mills, and

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The Porch, the Storm and the Doggie Door

The Porch, the Storm and the Doggie Door

After spending way too much time smoothing my naturally curly hair to silky straight, carefully blending three different eye shadows, and trying on four different sun dresses, I was finally ready for our dinner out. It had been a long, hectic week. Dinner at a lively restaurant with great friends and fabulous food was exactly what my husband and I needed. Before meeting our friends for dinner, we decided to stop by Abbey’s house to note ideas for our new porch. Abbey’s house features the porch of all porches, my favorite porch ever. So naturally, I want my porch to

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When God’s Answer to Prayer is not What You Wanted

When God's Answer to Prayer is not What You Wanted

After posting my last blog Prayers that Prevail, someone asked the question, “So, how would you respond to someone who prays for a loved one dying of cancer or for their marriage to be restored, and it doesn’t happen?” This is such a great question, one that probably crossed the mind of many people as they read the blog. So, I decided to write a follow up regarding my personal experience with this question in hopes it might be of encouragement. To someone who has prayed for a loved one dying of cancer to be healed or for their marriage

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Prayers that Prevail

Have you ever prayed for something in Jesus’ name and didn’t understand why you didn’t get a favorable response? Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 16:23). To understand why we do not get the response we want when we pray in Jesus’ name, we must first understand what it means to pray in Jesus’ name. Praying with authority On the way to meet a friend for lunch, I rushed into Charter Bank to cash a check made out to my husband. The teller shook her head, slid

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Battling Bedheads

Battling Bedheads

Has getting your kids out of bed in the mornings been an ongoing battle? It used to be for me. As a home schooling mom, it was one of my biggest challenges. The funny thing is I spent the first five years of their lives trying to keep them in bed. Once they became school-age, I couldn’t get them out. One of the cons for home schooling is the issue of no accountability to be “at school” on time. Mom isn’t quite as intimidating as a principal. There is no teacher to interrupt by walking into class twenty minutes late

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