4 Steps to Finding Your True Self

-Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you-- Luke 9-25 The Message

Have you lost the real you? Frederick Buechner wrote in his book Telling Secrets: We try to make ourselves into something that we hope the world will like better than it apparently did the selves we originally were. That is the story of all our lives, needless to say, and in the process of living […]

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Distracted No More

Distracted No More

Welcome to the season of distraction! Hectic schedules may make you feel overwhelmed. Pulled in too many directions. Unfocused. I have something that may help. Recently, I was a guest on Marnie’s Friends–a podcast that consistently gives inspiration to Christian women. I shared some of my methods for staying focused. In this episode of the […]

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When God Says “Wait,” Hear “Expect”

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This post is an excerpt from my eBook: 7 Words Your Soul Needs In a Waiting Season. The end of the post tells how you can get your FREE copy. We hate to wait. We squirm when God answers our prayers with that dreaded word. But what if when God says, “Wait,” we hear one […]

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Free eBook: 7 Words Your Soul Needs In A Waiting Season

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  That word is not one I want to hear. The barista says, “Wait at that counter.” But I want my latte now. The customer service person says, “Wait right here.” But I want my problem solved now. God says, “Wait a while.” But I want my prayer answered now. You too? Even though wait […]

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Why Suspense is a Necessary Element in Our Waiting Stories


Have you noticed that your favorite novels have the necessary element of suspense? that you like the book a little less when you can guess how the story ends from the very first chapter? God is writing an excellent story for your life, and suspense is a necessary element. Because it’s during our waiting periods […]

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What Are You Waiting For?

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Visiting our daughter in China involves waiting in a lot of lines. First, my husband and I queue up at the Chinese consulate in Chicago to obtain our visas. In fact, we usually do this several times for just one visa, because inevitably the rules will have changed and we will be missing an important document. Then, on […]

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3 Secrets to Waiting Well


Waiting is never our favorite activity. We squirm when God seems to press the pause button on our lives. How can we learn to wait well? We can turn to the examples of women in Scripture. Sarah is famous for her long wait. She and her husband Abraham waited decades for the child that God […]

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Why God Loves the Word Wait


We’ve all experienced the frustration of waiting. Waiting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Waiting through airport security. Waiting for service in a restaurant. Waiting to hear, “You’ve got the job!” Waiting for wedding bells. Waiting for test results. Waiting to be reconciled with a loved one. And we despise it. In our modern culture of instant everything—same day shipping, streaming movies, […]

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The Surprising Gift of Saying Yes


Brenda and I met in the lounge of a transitional home for women where she and thirty other women were working to rebuild their shattered lives. Amongst mismatched sofas and coffee tables that had seen better days, I helped this sixty-two-year-old woman prepare for her GED exam. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I […]

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Why You Should Love to Wait

must be “as continuous and unbroken as the breathing that maintains natural life.”

I hate to wait. I complain when I have to stand in a long line. I gripe when the service at a restaurant is slow. I grumble the answer to my prayer is delayed. I want life to move along at my pace. But recently, I was reading a book titled Waiting on God by […]

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