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10 Ways to Battle Discouragement and Get Back on Track

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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 name of Jesus Christ, be gone from here.”  He encouraged his...

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

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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 read self help books. They read about topics that intrigue them. In...

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Five Minute Friday: Work

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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, if I remember correctly, who was sent to prison in Russia for some...

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Nothing satisfies that ache in my heart

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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. When did the answer come to me? I’m not exactly sure. But if...

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

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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 any evidence of God anywhere. You know, like George Burns’ voice...

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Miracles Always Fascinate, But Would You Be Convinced?

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Miracles Always Fascinate, But Would You Be Convinced?

Miracles always fascinate me, although the Doubting Thomas in me flashes like a neon sign when I read of them. The miracle below melted the stubborn toughness that still clings to the edges of my soul’s robe. I’m not sure why I find myself drawn to images or stories of mules over the past few years. I almost bought an original oil painting by Linda Sasse at the ArtsQuest festival a few years ago. If memory serves me well, it was in pastel colors and featured three mules. I couldn’t figure out where I’d put it in my...

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Trust, talking to God, and the Gift of Tears

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  I’m off to tell more stories from my book at the Coastal Library in Santa Rosa Beach, FL today at 10 a.m. including the little-known spiritual gift of tears. Crossing my fingers for an audience, however small. One of the topics in the book and in my talk is the gift of tears. I address this topic for two reasons. I was confused by spiritual tears falling effortlessly without reddening of the eyes. I’d never heard of the gift of tears, and I’m fairly well-read on spirituality, contemplation, and numerous Catholic...

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Fog is one place I feel the Mystery of God most closely

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Fog is one place I feel the Mystery of God most closely

Fog has always felt mysterious and magical to me. It makes me happy, perhaps because with my active mind, the limits to visibility create welcome relief, a forced respite.  The first time I visited the state of Washington, it was covered in fog. As I was driven along the highway, my friend, Rachelle, would say, “Right over there you usually can see a brilliant view of Mt Rainier.” No sense pouting. I looked to my right and saw white. I tried to imagine the mountain in my mind’s eye. I gave up and released a feeling of...

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Prayer therapy from Nike when you procrastinate about your relationship with God

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Prayer therapy from Nike when you procrastinate about your relationship with God

Prayer isn’t easy. Until you have some help or practice. If you’ve been having trouble prioritizing time for God in your busy life, I have a few solutions, one of them from Nike of all places. We all have weak spots. One of mine is my ankle. It turned outward during a tennis game years ago and has been weak ever since. With no warning or provocation, it decided to turn outward again three months ago while I was carrying my granddaughter. I managed to stagger-step enough to prevent either of us from falling, but twisted my knee in...

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Grace gets unearthed and stirs my soul.

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Grace gets unearthed and stirs my soul.

Grace gets unearthed at odd moments.  Do you notice when something’s dying? Landscapers noticed a patch of turf on the grounds of our townhome that was dying. Because they saw the dying and cared about the living, they searched and uncovered a broken pipe hidden beneath the surface and repaired it. They didn’t just patch it with new sod. They cared enough to dig underneath to see what was causing the grass to die. I respect people who care enough to dig in and see what’s going on when something doesn’t look quite...

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