Change is Hard

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I began this year with a serious commitment to eating healthy. And then I got really, really sick.

I have Crohn’s disease, and extreme changes in my diet were really hard on my system. My doctor promised I would get healthier, but I had to be patient and learn to process what I was now feeding my body.

If you’ve just started studying God’s Word, you may know the feeling. I remember when I began; it was hard! I struggled to absorb all I was reading. I wanted it to be easy and make a difference right away, and I got discouraged.

Let’s both take my doctor’s advice. Take smaller bites of God’s Word, be consistent and don’t give up. Give your heart and mind time to process it. And most importantly, have faith that it is making a difference.

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The Power of Simple Words of Love

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I didn’t want anything to do with God.

When my baby sister died tragically and unexpectedly, my entire world flipped upside down. What I once knew to be true suddenly became questionable.

Then one day I got a note from a friend. A girl I not-so-affectionately called my “Bible friend.” Honestly, she got on my nerves with all her Bible verse quoting. I didn’t want to believe God existed. And I certainly wasn’t reading the Bible.

But as I held her simple note with one Bible verse scribbled on the front, tears of honest need streamed down my cheeks. My stiff knees bent. I whispered, “Yes, God,” and it changed the course of my life. Her gentle persistence had reached me.

May we never doubt the power of one person reaching into the life of another with written whispers of love.

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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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Facing Our Black Holes

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Do you ever have little places of discouragement that entangle around your heart?

You know in the bigger picture of life, things are good. But there’s this little dark place. A little black hole that sometimes doesn’t feel little.

Maybe it’s an argument you and your husband have had one too many times. Or an issue with one of your kids.

I know it’s hard. But God wants us to know a black hole isn’t a black WHOLE. W-h-o-l-e.

The whole isn’t all bad. Yes, there are some issues to address, but don’t let Satan use this frustration to darken your outlook.

Jesus says, in John 8:12, He is the light of the world!

Ask Him to shed His light on your situation today. Look at it from Jesus’ perspective. It won’t be so dark with a little Light cast upon it.

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Unrealistic Expectations

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Unrealistic expectations often lead to our greatest frustrations.

I struggle with wanting life to satisfy me. I have an unrealistic expectation that it should tie up in a tidy bow like the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”  The one that talks about gently rowing and life being merry.

But have you ever rowed a boat? I wouldn’t use the word gently. Tiresome and difficult seem more fitting. And then the last lyric, “Life is but a dream.” It sounds nice, but it’s just not true.

Life isn’t always smooth, and the stream isn’t always easy to row. But in the storms and messes of life, Jesus shows up and climbs right in to be with us.

He is the answer to our every need. He is our satisfaction — not a more tidy life.

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Sticky Hearts

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What is it about the floor board of my car that mysteriously attracts all the junk? Legos, French fries and even a single dirty sock? Please tell me some other mama knows this struggle.

Here’s the problem. The inside of my car is just easier to ignore. Cleaning out my car isn’t hard, it just takes a little attention and intention. To be honest, the inside of my heart can look just like the inside of my car.

I step over unresolved bitterness, look past envy and my gossipy girlfriend conversations, or ignore disobedience to God’s commands to eat well and exercise.

The solution really is simple: to apply a little attention to those junk piles and intentionally clean up what’s left behind.

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A Curious but Confident Faith

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Have you ever wished that you could ask God a question or two or maybe 20?

In the first chapter of Luke, two different individuals questioned God. Both of them received an angelic promise they would have a child.

Zechariah asked if he could be sure of the promise. Later, Mary asks the angel how all of this will happen since she is a virgin. Two people, two vastly different responses. Why?

Is it possible there is a difference between asking for certainty and asking for clarity? Zechariah wanted proof. Mary was simply asking God for understanding.

When faced with life’s hard stuff, let’s have a faith that’s curious but hopeful.

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You Are Worthy

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Broken-down relationships can really break us down.

Whether it’s a best friend or a family member, I know the heart-ripping hopelessness of a relationship unraveling.

But might I give you a piece of encouragement? Decide today that you are worthy.

Because you are worthy. You may not feel like it. But a quick glimpse at Scripture assures me, you are.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving God who cares for you. Who loves you. And I’d rather depend on the solid truth of God than the rollercoaster of fickle feelings.

And in the hard moments, remember: Jesus is the best source of help.

Honest cries for help, lifted up to Jesus, will not go unheard. He sees. He knows. He loves. And Jesus will help you as long as you stick with Him.

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Evidence of Life

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Messes don’t usually make me feel thankful.

I remember a day when my children were younger and I counted more than 14 pairs of shoes spread carelessly around the room I was in. I was not a happy mama!

But as I mentally chided my children for not being grateful enough to put their shoes away, I felt God gently reprimand me. Was I modeling thankfulness?

Those shoes were evidence of life. A life full of people I love. I realized I could look at their shoes and feel drained and frustrated or filled up and thankful.

Every day we have a choice. We can look at the messes in our lives — piles of shoes, dirty dishes, laundry that needs to be done — and frown. Or we can see all of these things as rich evidence of life and smile.

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Honestly

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I think we all get to a place sometime in our lives where we have to honestly ask, “How am I doing?”

There are certain things about me I need to change, but making excuses can be so appealing. I’m good in most areas. I make so many sacrifices already. And on and on.

But excuses get me nowhere fast. This is especially true with my eating habits.

I suspect this same script of rationalization has played out in your mind too. I have to remind myself daily that I was made for more than compromise. We were made for God’s promises in all areas of our lives.

I’ve come to learn the hard way that nothing will change until I make the choice to change. Do you want to change something in your life? Take it from someone who finally laid down my excuses for God’s sure promises … it is possible.

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