When It Feels Better to Blame

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You want to know one of the hardest 3-word statements to make? “I was wrong.”

I know it would be way more fun to talk about fashion, sports or the weather today, but I think it’s important to explore why it’s so hard to admit when we’re wrong. It’s so easy to point out wrong in others, but boy is it hard to see our own flaws — where we went wrong.

I have learned that in most conflicts I have two paths I can choose to travel. I can choose the path of pride, which blames the other person and focuses only on their flaws. Or, I can choose the humble way, and I admit where I went wrong and ask for forgiveness.

There are hidden gifts in walking the humble way and admitting where we went wrong. There is grace and honor to be gained. But I’ll only see those gifts if I stop blaming others and start examining myself.

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Pre-Proverbs 31 Woman

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Have you ever read the whole chapter of Proverbs 31? Man, that woman wears me out!

Proverbs 31 is a chapter that praises a woman of noble character. Up before dawn, this valiant warrior, entrepreneur and community leader is a spiritual superwoman for sure.

How is a modern gal to take encouragement from this ancient proverb? I think it’s significant that this is the final chapter of a book devoted to the pursuit of Godly wisdom.

You know, sometimes we think Proverbs 31 is just for the wife or mom. But really no matter what stage of life we are in, if we spent more time pursuing Godly wisdom rather than good works, we’ll find praise-worthy attributes developing in each of us.

So let’s cheer each other on to become pre-Proverbs 31 women.

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When You Don’t Know What to Pray

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Sometimes I don’t know what to say to a hurting friend.

A few hours into the process of emptying my friend’s home, the movers carried out her wedding portrait, “You want this to go with us, or are you taking it separately? Separately.

That was how she’d be living her life now, separately.

That realization hit hard as she sat down to call me.

She said, “I don’t know what to do with this portrait. What do you do with the things that have no place anymore?”

I didn’t want to give her a cliché, response. All I could say was, “I’m crying with you. I don’t have answers, but I do have prayers.”

Each time I prayed, I wrote my prayers out for my friend. Then I gave them to her. I wanted her to have them to read on those days where she was just too spent to pray on her own.

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The Most Beautiful Love Story

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No person’s rejection of me can ever exempt me from God’s love for me.

We live in an imperfect world, where rejection — even from fellow Christians — could be just around the corner.

But there is good news as we wait in expectation of God’s ultimate redemption! And that is Jesus.

Jesus brought with Him a love that stays the same. The most beautiful love story ever written is the one you were made to live with God.

Imagine how different you might approach each day by simply stating: God is good even when my circumstances are not. God is good at being God, therefore I can trust Him. And today is yet another page in our great love story — if I will choose to see it that way.

Nothing that happens to us will change that or even alter God’s love for us, in the slightest way.

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Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

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Saying a Prayer of Thanks

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It’s been several years since I’ve experienced silence.

My left ear never stops screeching. I had a scuba diving accident several years ago, which left me with severe nerve damage in my left ear.

I hear the screeching all the time when I’m in conversation, when I’m trying to fall asleep. It’s just there.

Yes, this stinks. It really does. But, I refuse to get stuck in the depressing quicksand of what I’ve lost. Usually a gift can be found tucked within a loss.

My gift? The realization that little, everyday things need to be noticed. Appreciated. Celebrated.

Silence is a common thing. But silence is a glorious thing I never appreciated until I didn’t have it.

So I got to thinking … what other common, glorious things can we say a prayer of thanks for today?

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Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

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Just The Right Words

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Sometimes the right words at the right time can be a matter of life and death.

My friend Leanne wrote a note to her daughter’s coach thanking her for the difference she was making. She described the incredible qualities she saw in Jill as a coach, and called her a “bright light” that shined in so many lives.

Leanne had no idea how God would use those words a few months later when Jill came home to an empty apartment feeling lonely and sad. She’d been struggling with depression and wondered if she could go on in life.

That night, Jill opened her journal and a note fell out. When she opened it, she read Leanne’s words again. They were just the right words at just the right time, and God used them to remind this hurting woman of her worth and to gently nudge her to get help.

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The Lady At The Gym

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There’s a lady at my gym who really doesn’t like me.

I’m not sure how I got on her bad side. All I know is one day while working out on the machine beside me she suddenly abandoned her elliptical and huffed over to the treadmill. And she’s disliked me ever since.

But the other day, something odd occurred that stunned me. She smiled at me. Like a real smile… almost as if she was wanting to encourage me.

Suddenly, I realized she has no crazy feelings toward me at all. It’s all been a perception thing on my part. Which has really gotten me thinking about the many times I assign thoughts to others that they never really think. And I need to work on this.

So I won’t be nearly as likely to fall into the trap of perceiving rejection that really isn’t there.

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Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

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Finding God’s Appointments In Our Disappointments

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What if today’s disappointment is making room for tomorrow’s appointment?

Recently, I invited a friend to go with me on a trip. She really wanted to go, but as she prayed about it, she felt the Lord was telling her not to accept the invitation.

There really weren’t specific reasons. She just simply knew deep in her heart that God was saying “no.”

Instead, she was to circle those days on her calendar and then watch with trust and expectation for God to reveal other plans.

I was sad my friend couldn’t join me on the trip, but at the same time, I was inspired by her response. I want to live in expectation of God’s invitation.

Therefore, I need to remember to take requests for my time to the Lord and ask, “Is this the way You want me to use this time?” And then listen for a simple yes or no. And if I don’t hear His voice, I will trust if I’m supposed to go, and things will work out.

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Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

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Jesus Wants to Help

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EVERYONE has issues.

If you’re like me and one of your issues is with your weight, you probably beat yourself up about it. No matter what issue we’re dealing with, Jesus wants to help us. But, we’ve got to stop beating ourselves up and determine to follow His lead.

For me, eating healthy has been one of the best spiritual journeys of my life. Probably one of the richest lessons I’ve learned, has been realizing the amount of mental and spiritual energy I wasted for years just wishing things would change. I finally found the courage to admit I’ve craved food more than God. I identified this shortcoming and asked God for His strength to make a change.

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Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

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Reading Through the Bible

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How many times do we set goals that we want to accomplish but doubt we’ll ever achieve?

My friend Wendy use to avoid setting goals because it seemed like every time she set one, she’d fail. Then one day she decided to accept the challenge she heard on her local Christian radio station to read the whole Bible in one year!

Wendy had always wanted to do this but wasn’t sure she would follow through. She’d almost convinced herself it was hopeless, but then she remembered these words from the Bible: With God all things are possible.

So Wendy’s husband bought her a Chronological Bible, and she started reading on January 1st. She told me she did miss some days and at times lost sight of her goal, but she made up what she missed and finished the Bible by the end of that year.

You know, Wendy’s success makes me want to read through the Bible this year!

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