Praying for Our Enemies

I previously shared why we should forgive those that hurt us.  But God calls us to go even a step farther and pray for our enemies. Again, this is easier said than done. I have had several situations in which I was deeply betrayed by others I trusted and loved.  This hurt deeply.  But, I chose to forgive the and […]

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Clearing the Air with our loved ones

After two decades of struggling and bad decisions, healing and transforming my life has taken almost a decade.  I’m far from perfect and still have many areas in which I am continuing to work and improve. However, it has only been recently that conversation has began to open up between my loved ones and myself about what happened then. For […]

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Healing can’t be done alone

When we’ve been hurt, the one thing we long for is to move past the pain to a better place in our hearts and lives. Healing is a very personal experience and the process is different for everyone. Depending on the situation and length of time in the relationship, healing can take anywhere from a few months to years. We […]

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Forgiving Those Who Hurt Us

I had my heart broken and had been betrayed and I was angry. However, I had a choice.  I could stay angry or I could learn to forgive.  I chose to forgive.  I forgave for my own good more than anything and there is nothing wrong with that. In the book of Genesis, is the story of Joseph.  He was […]

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True Love is Unselfish

          Recently, I watched Beauty and the Beast and was reminded of the strong message in the story.  The story is one of unselfish love.  The prince is so self-centered he is turned into a beast and can only be transformed when he learns to love unselfishly and is loved in return.  The beast meets Belle, […]

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Mary Magdalene: Healed by Jesus

In thinking about the story of Easter, there are only a select handful  of people mentioned as having a first hand view of the crucifixion and resurrection.  Mary, the Mother of Jesus is one of those mentioned at these events and with her is Mary of Magda or as we refer to her today, Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is mentioned at […]

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Why does God allow me to hurt?

Have you ever wondered why did God allow this to happen? Why does God allow me to hurt? Why can’t I ever get a break? I’ve asked these questions time and again. Yet, we are told that God is love and works all things out for the good of those that love the Lord. To be used of God, means […]

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Do you love yourself?

Last week, I ended with the question do you love yourself? There are times when I have not loved myself. However, I’ve had to learn to love myself.  That doesn’t mean that I like everything about myself. I know my flaws and characteristics I’m working to change. However, I’m a child of the King. One of the biggest reasons I […]

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Valuing yourself enough to know when to walk away

When I was in an abusive relationship, I was on a never ending rollercoaster.  I wondered if I would ever get off of the rollercoaster. I struggled between wanting a normal life and being true to the man I’d dedicated my life to. All too slowly I realized I had to value myself enough to walk away. This was a […]

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Healing Takes Time

When we’re hurting, it feels as if we’ll never be happy again. Sometimes we may hear someone laugh and wonder how they can have the gaul to laugh. Once we do finally laugh again, we wonder where that came from.  We may even feel guilty the first couple of times we laugh. Healing takes time and is a process. Our […]

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The Whisperer by Joanie Shawhan

Joanie Shawhan is joining us today to discuss a very important topic in the lives of all women–ovarian cancer.  This is a very important subject that is definitely worth reading about.   Welcome, Joanie!   The Whisperer by Joanie Shawhan Stop. Listen! Do you hear the whispers of ovarian cancer? This insidious disease assaults over 20,000 unsuspecting women per year […]

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Joy in the Fruit of the Spirit

The opposite of depression is joy. We live in a world that says it should be all about “me, me, me.”  However, true joy comes from caring for others and putting them first. Joy is the second fruit of the spirit listed. True joy can only be obtained with God’s help.  This is the joy that is the deep, everlasting […]

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Change only comes with God’s Help

Depression almost destroyed me.  I worked hard to make a lot of changes and overcome numerous obstacles and road blocks. Yet, I still struggled.  I was only able to make the changes I did because of one reason. That is God’s help. I never stopped asking for His help.  Even when I wondered if He heard me and cared I […]

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Change takes time

I wish there was a magic formula I could share with you about how to change. Change is never easy.  When there is a lot of hurt, pain, and betrayal this is even more difficult. If the situation{s} hasn’t been dealt with and there is anger, the layers of pain can build until depression is all encompassing. All I can […]

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Spring Brings a Time of Renewel

Can you believe it’s April? I love springtime. Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. The weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming and the temperature is just right. The downside to all this beauty is the pollen and effect it has on your allergies. In the spring and fall I can’t use the excuse “It’s too hot” or […]

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