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10 Things Church Ladies Do Better Than Everyone Else

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10 Things Church Ladies Do Better Than Everyone Else

Lately I’ve noticed a whole heap of hilarity in the Body of Christ, especially among us church ladies. And the hilarity comes from hearts full of faith, hope, and charity . . . Gotta love us!     So what ten things do church ladies do better than anyone else?     1.      Say thank you  Verbal thank-you’s, text messages, and Facebook posts are for the unseasoned. Real church ladies know you’ve not been properly thanked until they’ve sent you something in the mail...

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3 Ways to Pray for the Children of Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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3 Ways to Pray for the Children of Phillip Seymour Hoffman

A young father.   Found dead.   In an apartment in New York City.     An apparent drug overdose.     One chilly morning in 1968 I very suddenly became a child whose young father was found dead in an apartment in New York City, of an apparent drug overdose. Too young to understand what had happened, I spent my childhood covering up the “d” word, deceased, on every school or medical form that requested “Father’s Information.” And it...

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10 Confessions from 2013: Why not get some things off your chest?

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10 Confessions from 2013: Why not get some things off your chest?

In the spirit of coming clean and starting the new year off with a blank slate, here are 10 confessions of mine from 2013:     I ate a chocolate bunny from my daughter’s Easter basket, then replaced it with a smaller one I bought at the 75% off sale at CVS before she realized her bunny was gone.     I did the same thing again at Halloween, only I haven’t replaced it . . . yet.     I quit Weight Watchers because I thought I could do the program better on my...

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How to Keep Your Faith From Making Your “But” Look Big: 3 Keys to overcoming mediocrity

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How to Keep Your Faith From Making Your “But” Look Big: 3 Keys to overcoming mediocrity

  But I could lose everything if I tried something like that! But they would never like me if they knew my whole story.     Tired of squeezing a size 12 “but” into a size 5 faith? Consider these 3 keys to reducing your “buts” and growing your faith instead:     Exercise Your Faith for Something More than Your Salvation Dare to let your faith count for something more than saving you from frying to a crisp in eternity. Think about that friend who needs...

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Thank God I’m Not 25 Anymore! 5 reasons to celebrate coming of age

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Thank God I’m Not 25 Anymore! 5 reasons to celebrate coming of age

In honor of my 52nd year, here’s why coming of age is worth celebrating:     People ask what you think and actually listen when you tell them.      You can and do laugh out loud about all the stuff you swore you’d never do or say to your kids.      You realize life is so much more fun when you’re not concerned about waxing your forearms.     You see the irony in thinking everyone is laughing at you when you discover no one is even...

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3 Reasons Your Kids Won’t Take Your Advice: How to stop turning off millennials so they’ll tune in to you

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3 Reasons Your Kids Won’t Take Your Advice: How to stop turning off millennials so they’ll tune in to you

Crazy, right? You carry them, scream them out, wipe their butts and snuggle with them through nightmares and thunderstorms. Then the day comes when they need life-defining advice, and they run from you as fast as they can and find someone else to help them connect the dots. Ever wonder why? It’s not that you don’t mean well. But if you’re parenting teens or young adults, your fundamental way of thinking is so different from theirs that they often get tired trying to jump the...

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5 Godly Things God Doesn’t Want You to Do

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5 Godly Things God Doesn’t Want You to Do

Make a joyful noise to the Lord  (Psalm 100:1,2) . . . without addressing the unrighteous outburst you splattered over your eight-year-old for acting like a second-grader. Preach the Word  (2 Timothy 4:2) . . . before you’ve loaded the dishwasher for Grandma Sally.   Esteem others better than yourself  (Philippians 2:3) . . . when it’s only because you want them to bolster your own image.     Hide His Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11) . . . just so you can look...

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Hashtag Unbelieving Christians: 7 Questions that put your faith in perspective

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Hashtag Unbelieving Christians: 7 Questions that put your faith in perspective

For “You of little faith”  Or perhaps of no faith at all.   Are you an unbelieving Christian?   Do you struggle with trusting God for anything besides your eternal destiny?   Do you stick to the rules and regulations you’ve always heard without ever checking out what the Bible says about those rules and regulations for yourself?   Are you a Christian because the culture of Christianity fits so well with where you are right now in...

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