Tag Archives: drawing close to God

Free To Dive In

“The water feels warm today,” a man told my sister, Carol, as she walked along the shore. She shared with me what he said and suggested we try going in–later–despite the fact that the water temp was only around 68. My sister is … Continue reading

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Free To Be Filled

Quite a few times lately I have arrived at midafternoon and felt completely full and satisfied as if I had eaten a meal. Yet I had had nothing physical to eat or drink all day. What I had been “feeding” … Continue reading

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Freedom From Self-Protection

One day a number of years ago, I felt led to call a friend I hadn’t seen in months. When I asked how she was doing, she tearfully said, “Bad. I left my husband today.” In the past when hearing such words, I’d listen, then … Continue reading

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Freedom From Being Ruled by Feelings

What do I do now? I wondered as I struggled to maintain myself in a half-squatting, half-sitting position while holding onto a small tree. Although it was a beginner’s run, it looked too steep to go the rest of the … Continue reading

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Freedom From Worldliness

Lately at church and in Sunday school we’ve been studying a challenging series called, “Not A Fan,” which urges moving beyond being a fan of Jesus to becoming a true follower. Recently a familiar verse was read in my Sunday … Continue reading

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Freedom from Perfectionism

Lately I’ve been thinking about how far I’ve come in my battle against perfectionism. In years past I’d isolate myself not wanting to mingle with people for fear of messing up in front of them. I also fretted for days … Continue reading

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Drawing Near To God

A number of years ago during a time of deep sorrow in my life, I cried out to the Lord in the sanctuary of a church where I was attending a seminar.  The verse that came to mind was: “Draw near to … Continue reading

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Developing A Teachable Heart

“You’ll be inspired,” I promised a couple after I invited them to watch a movie with me. The true story was about a man who came from a harsh background, but through his mother’s encouragement and faith in God became … Continue reading

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Freedom From Criticizing

A number of years ago a women’s ministry was promoting a 30-day Husband Encouragement Challenge for Wives. “I’ll try it,” I determined. For 30 days I was to avoid criticism and daily speak encouraging words to my husband. The result … Continue reading

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Freedom From Self-Pity

A moment of truth that comes back to my mind repeatedly happened almost fifteen years ago when my youngest daughter was 13 years old.  I was feeling sorry for myself that day and was reciting out loud a list of all … Continue reading

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