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spiritual warfare

Transforming Evils into Bouquets: Posy-Plucking

Ring-a-round the Rosie, a pocketful of posies. Grass burs are little evil posies. Spiritual warfare comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. I pick bouquets of posies several times a day. The posies in my photo aren’t soft, fragrant, or belong anywhere near my pocket. Ouch! I’d love to seldom see them, with discovery a rare occurrence. Never would

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Chasing Tribulation, or How I Got Bucked Off My Treadmill

  Most of you understand bucking. Lots of horse folks know what it’s like to look up from the ground wondering, “What happened? The first step toward finding contentment is awareness. Hard landings usually get our attention. I walk on the treadmill every day without incident. Until last Monday. One moment I was upright and the next I lay crumpled

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The Doer of Good

  There isn’t enough time to do all I want or read every wonderful word composed by great minds and hearts. I’m up to my second rib in a new manuscript, working to say more with fewer words. This inspirational short story by Oscar Wilde popped up in my research and blew me away. So, of course, I wanted to

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Communicating With Teenagers About Things That Matter – Faith and Feelings

  Why don’t more teens talk about faith and feelings? Research suggests they can’t. Conclusions reached in the National Study of Youth and Religion are sharply disturbing. How well does your teen-ager communicate? Whether it’s your child or a grandchild, do you enjoy emotion-rich conversation? Can you snuggle together in the parlor with a cup of tea and talk about faith,

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Do You Worry You’re Not Doing Enough?

Like many of you, sometimes I wonder if I’m doing enough. For the Lord, for my family, for the horses, as a good steward, and as a writer. I haven’t posted much since the last newsletter. This month’s (April 2018) list of articles is uncomfortably short. Have I let you down? Shirked? What happened? Life. Fiction writers dream up stories,

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Can You Prove Christianity?

“Is Christianity true just because the inerrant Bible says it is?” I like this question better, “Is Christianity provable?” It’s simpler and delivers the gut punch. Before debating how one proves Christianity, one must first decide that it’s possible to prove. This is the central question in a June 2018 American Family Association Journal article by Dr. Frank Turek, apologist and

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Learning About Christian Character from a Horse

  Everyone is wonderful some of the time. Few people are delightful all the time. Authentic character is expressed in hard times, not days of leisure. It’s easy to be kind and agreeable when circumstances are kind and agreeable. If you’re a student of Christian character, horses make marvelous instructors. When in doubt about genuine or feigned character traits, just

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busyness

Your Spinning Hamster Wheel – Addicted to Busyness

  My husband and I challenge one another, “If not now, when?” Whether it’s a change of lifestyle, visiting someplace you’ve only dreamed of, or a purchase you keep putting off for later, eventually later isn’t an option. We’re staring that reality in the face, making decisions instead of doing more of what we do and depending on later. When

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