10 Ways to Battle Discouragement and Get Back on Track

Posted on Sep 20, 2017

When discouragement strikes, we don’t always find our way out from under its darkness right away.  Here are ten quick lifts that work for me. 1. Recognize discouragement for what it is: a fiery dart from Satan. Use your shield of faith to protect yourself. As a child of God, you have authority over the powers of darkness. Stop to pray and bind the spirit of discouragement. Use Jesus’ words if none come to mind:  “‘Get behind me,  Satan.’ In the...

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Do This One Habit of the Rich. Hint: Nothing to do with Money.

Posted on Sep 11, 2017

Rich people have an amazing and admirable habit that does not involve money, according to Ken Rutkowski’s Facebook page. They read. A lot. TDo you know what the majority of them read?Non-fiction. They read to learn.  They rarely read for entertainment. They know they’ll never live long enough to learn from all the mistakes they can possibly make. So they learn from others, by reading biographies to learn others’ life stories and lessons. They read history books. They...

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Five Minute Friday: Work

Posted on Sep 9, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Work

One shared prompt. Five unedited minutes. That’s the challenge of an online writing group I have discovered. This is my first five minute, unedited submission on the topic of Work. My work. My life’s work. What is the legacy of my life’s contribution? I photograph and write and love and pray. Encouraging others, sharing my God-given gifts. This is what I do. I can’t keep from thinking about Dmitri. He’s the subject of a documentary. A minister,...

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Nothing satisfies that ache in my heart

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

Nothing satisfies that ache in my heart

Do you find yourself saying “Nothing satisfies this ache in my heart? Nothing …” I did. There’s a loneliness you feel that has nothing to do with your life as you know it. Right? There’s an ache in your heart that you cannot fill. It’s not from lack of food. Or lack of a boyfriend or girlfriend. It’s not from some lack in your childhood. I’ve felt it for years and called it loneliness. I didn’t know what else to call it....

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How Do You Know God Answers Your Prayers? For sure?

Posted on Aug 30, 2017

How Do You Know God Answers Your Prayers? For sure?

God answers prayers. I heard this all my life and was pretty sure people who told me this might be slightly mistaken. It seemed to me that I didn’t get any answers when I prayed.  Sure, every once in a while, I’d pay attention to the fact that I did get through the trial about which I was praying, but in the rare moments that I did notice my prayer had been answered, it didn’t seem definitive. Because it could have been a coincidence. I didn’t see...

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