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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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No Way to Treat a Navy Commander or the US Flag

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No Way to Treat a Navy Commander or the US Flag

  A US flag, a petty perspective, and aesthetics. I felt thunderous  disbelief as I read a recent story in the news. And no, I’m not talking about Trump or white supremacists for a change. I can only call it an unnecessary assault on a Navy Commander. A Shocking Story of a US Flag and a Florida Neighborhood When you’ve used your God-given talents to rise to the rank of commander, I think you’ve earned the right to have the US flag on your mailbox, for crying out loud. Actually, every citizen in this country should be able to show...

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Holy Spirit and Gospel and Charisms, Oh My!

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Holy Spirit and Gospel and Charisms, Oh My!

At a meeting years ago in River Forest, IL where I used to live, Ed Jeep asked the group: “Who do you pray to: The Father, The Son or The Holy Spirit?”  Of the ten or twelve people in the Lawrence’s living room that night, I remember being the only one who acknowledged praying to the Holy Spirit. I received an unusual look from Ed when I said this. I wasn’t sure what it meant.I didn’t always pray to the Holy Spirit, but at that particular time, it seemed to be Who I was drawn to pray. I never questioned these...

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The Counter-intuitive Welcoming Prayer

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 WELCOMING PRAYER The welcoming prayer is the most effective prayer I’ve yet to encounter that helps me release unwanted emotions. The following is from the Lux Divina list of the online contemplative community referenced in my book . Writer anonymous shares:   “What I know comes from Cynthia Bourgeault’s book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening which I highly recommend. She has a whole chapter on the Welcoming Prayer that is very helpful. Here’s a brief summary. “When confronted with a powerful emotion, follow these three steps....

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Something Significant, Instructive, and Graceful. Really?

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Something Significant, Instructive, and Graceful. Really?

I’ve always been a tomboy, a person who tries to do too much and as a result, always feels like I’m in a rush. So graceful is not a word I would apply to myself. Because I relied on Jesus Christ to guide me through the writing of this book, however, any grace that reviewers like Marion Roach Smith find is acknowledgement that Christ worked through me. Thanks, Marion, for such lovely words to describe my book. Chris Manion has created a handbook, in the form of a memoir, on how to let the beauty of life be a feast for the soul....

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I felt like James Earl Jones in the cornfield.

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“I’d known for a long time that the ache in my soul was for God and God alone. Nothing else would assuage it. I felt like James Earl Jones in the movie Field of Dreams as he responded to the invitation to follow the baseball players into the cornfield. He walked right up to the cornstalks and stood there, hesitantly, looking into the dense growth of seven-foot-high plants, trying to see where the others had gone.” -Chris Manion   excerpt from God’s Patient Pursuit of My Soul (Redemption Press, 2017). Click  here to read...

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