Tuning Out Distractions


But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you! (2 Chron. 20:17 NLT)

Writing my first book initiated one of the most intense spiritual battles of my life.

I worried about my family—especially my seven grandchildren. I had not been available for their needs with all my blogging, speaking, and writing. Guilty thoughts saturated me like a heavy rainstorm. And worry encompassed me like a dark thundercloud overhead.

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Spending Time Alone


I was hurt and felt sorry for myself.

How could she say those mean things about me? Were they true?

Weren’t we friends? Yet she was devaluing our friendship for some reason.

Should I lash back at her unkind words and defend myself?

Instead, I retreated to a place where I could pray about her comments. I knew I shouldn’t say anything to anyone while angry, especially the one who had attacked my character and integrity.

In the solitude, a still, small voice whispered, “Forgive.”

Forgive? She’s the one who’s hurt me!

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Claiming Your Promised Land


As I compiled RESTNotes, the devotional guide to my book, Words That Change Everything, other commitments and obligations kept getting in the way.

Plus, I was exhausted because I had just completed my book. And that process birthed more challenges than I’d like to admit.

Also, my husband, Dan, had just retired. And I was ready for some REST and time off too.

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Raising the White Flag



Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour?” No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. (John 12:27 NIV)

I believed that God was leading me to write for publication. But soon after I finished the first leg of my journey, doubt and fear undermined my confidence.

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