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Long-Tempered vs. Short-Tempered

Long-Tempered vs. Short-Tempered

I used to have my own definitions of long-suffering and patience. When my brother-in-law returned from a conference a while back, he told me how one of the speakers had said that spontaneously flying off the handle is now referred to as Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED).

Taking the Time to Care

Taking the Time to Care

The cashier’s eyes peered right into mine. I’d been discovered coping with a rare meltdown in public. I was holding it together—as long as I didn’t have to talk. My husband tried to phone me, but I couldn’t respond. It would have been messy (and noisy) if I attempted to communicate anything at all.

Finding God While Finding His Will

Finding God While Finding His Will

God’s not up in heaven hiding His will, hoping you’ll never be able to find it. But He does play hide and seek. He doesn’t just want us to find His will, He wants us to find ‘Him’ in the process. Because if His will was in plain view, we would seek ‘it’ instead of seeking […]

The Testing of Your Faith

The Testing of Your Faith

There are challenges in your life that test your faith, and not just test it, but sometimes reach into the depths of your spirit, grab your heart and rip it out, throw it to the ground, stomp on it, beat it to a pulp, and then hold it in front of your face, saying, “Now […]

How to Replace Negativity with Positiveness

How to Replace Negativity with Positiveness

I once talked with a woman who said she tried very hard to think only positive thoughts, but she was never able to keep it up for long. Even when she managed to appear optimistic, inwardly she was often in turmoil. Her self-help approach to positive thinking excluded God, so when things went wrong, she didn’t have anything solid to hold on to.

Kindness begets Kindness!

Kindness begets Kindness!

The giving of love is the sharing of love. Love begets love. Kindness begets kindness. Mercy begets mercy. So does the giving of love one to another beget the giving of love to others.

Prayer – Our Lifeline with God

Prayer – Our Lifeline with God

As a boy, I listened to a dramatic story about a young paratrooper in the U.S. Army, named Keith, who depended on his faith and connection with the Lord to bring him through many perils. So strong was his faith in the Lord’s protection that he refused to even carry a gun, despite the protests of his friends and superiors.

The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

As Christians, we strive to be agents of change in the lives of others, and ultimately in society. That can mean making waves or going against the flow. Not everything you do and value will be in harmony with the status quo.

Waiting is No Fun

Waiting is No Fun

Waiting around is no fun. Most of us like to see results, and soon. We like the illusion that there will be an immediate outcome from the work we are doing, or else why do it? But there are clear benefits from slow periods of waiting, even if we can’t possibly fathom them while in the midst of the […]

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