Recently I donated two bags filled with DVDs to the thrift store. They were delighted to get these well-known movies in excellent condition. A friend asked why I got rid of so many DVDs. I told her I couldn’t watch them anymore because they weren’t good for me. She looked at me as if wondering … Continue reading Are Good Movies Hurting You?
As I’m preparing for our inner healing retreat next week, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned through the process of inner healing. God has taken me through this transformation process for 12 years (and continuing). Each day I continue to grow and change because of what Jesus is doing in my heart. I am … Continue reading 12 Things I’ve Learned about Forgiveness
All my life, I have struggled with being a doormat. For a long time, I thought that's what I should be. No one really explained that things could (or should) be different. I passively accepted whatever came my way. I thought that was the way I was supposed to live. As you can imagine, things … Continue reading Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?
We have an identity thief roaming among us. He is the enemy of our souls. From the moment we are conceived, his goal is to thwart God's amazing plan for us. This identity thief wants to keep us from stepping into our true identity in Christ. Don't be discouraged. The Bible and the Holy Spirit … Continue reading Jesus Brings Freedom from Identity Theft
Jesus says: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10 NIV) "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will … Continue reading Jesus. Brings. Life.
I am immersed right now in editing the book of an inner healing teacher and spiritual coach. As I work through (and live) the words of this book, I am reminded of why inner healing is an ongoing, even daily process - the dying to self daily of 1 Corinthians 15:31. I have worked with … Continue reading Let the Daily Journey of Transformation Begin
I serve on a jail ministry team. Each week, we lead church at the jail. When I started with that team eight years ago, I was just beginning to heal from a lifetime of “fear of authority.” So of course, God sent me to serve at the jail, under the authority of the sheriff’s office … Continue reading A Gift of Authority
When I was a kid, I participated in the Girl Scouts. Our troop leader was amazing. She was a Catholic nun, but not stereotypical. In exchange for taking care of the Girl Scouts, she was allowed to have a van, camping equipment, and lots of other privileges. She was wild and crazy, and we all … Continue reading Big Reactions from Little Wounds
Prayer is a key part of the writing process. We should seek God regularly for what He would have us write. We need to begin and end our writing time and writing projects with prayer. We should remain prayerful as we write. Ideally every word we write should be bathed in prayer. But that’s just … Continue reading The Writer’s Prayer Life
When I was growing up, my mom would often vent to me about her bitterness toward people. My mom was not the kind of person people would think of as bitter. In public, she came across as quiet and kind, and a little bit quirky and eccentric. What people didn’t realize was that her compassion … Continue reading Honor is Not the Same as Tolerance