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How to protect your heart when you’re under attack from the thoughts in your own head

“In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” Ephesians 6:16, ESV   You don’t belong here. You’re not good enough. What makes you think you can do this? You should give up before you embarrass yourself. Flaming darts flying straight toward… Continue reading How to protect your heart when you’re under attack from the thoughts in your own head

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Even when the field of life looks dry and worthless, God has plans for a harvest

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:39, ESV   Driving down the highway, I see field after field of dried up corn and brittle stalks of soybeans. I know if we pull over, and I walk into the… Continue reading Even when the field of life looks dry and worthless, God has plans for a harvest

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In need of a little help that only the Holy Spirit can provide

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." John 14:26   From one season of chaos to the next, we move. From baseball practice to soccer, from fair projects to school,… Continue reading In need of a little help that only the Holy Spirit can provide

sin, grace, and salvation, the struggle is real, so is God

Demolishing arguments of negative self-talk and taking sinful thoughts captive

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:5 I don’t know about you all, but my thoughts, they need to be taken captive sometimes. My struggle is in my head. I have trained… Continue reading Demolishing arguments of negative self-talk and taking sinful thoughts captive

the struggle is real, so is God

Fighting disappointment by clinging to God’s promise and hope

We packed all four kids, luggage (including swimsuits), toys, and plenty of snacks into the vehicle for a three hour drive to watch our high school girls basketball team play in the first round of the state tournament. In the days leading up to the big game, we explained again and again that IF the… Continue reading Fighting disappointment by clinging to God’s promise and hope

the struggle is real, so is God

Winter Seasons – patience for difficult times

Colds, flu, dry and cracked skin, snow, ice, frigid temperatures, cold hands, blankets, hats, gloves, winter coats, even soup. I want it all to go away. I am done with winter. I’m ready for warm sunshine, baseball bats, green grass, open windows, and the smell of the grill. If only my spring fever could replace… Continue reading Winter Seasons – patience for difficult times

the struggle is real, so is God

Life Ain’t No Five Paragraph Essay

I would hope that any of my former students could, if nothing else, remember one thing about writing: make a claim and support it. For years, I taught what’s called the five paragraph essay. It begins with an introductory paragraph including the thesis or overall main idea for the paper; then three body paragraphs -… Continue reading Life Ain’t No Five Paragraph Essay