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Deceived? Distracted? Discouraged? Lessons from Nehemiah

It’s summer! There are so many fun things to do. How do we know what to do each day? What is most purposeful?

One thing I like to do in the summer is to read. Stories often captivate and bring me fresh perspective, especially when I am having a tough time in life.

The other day our daughter pulled a story off the shelf. It was one about Nehemiah and how he re-builds the wall around Jerusalem. She affectionately named it, "Me and Maya!" For a helpful synopsis of the story, click here.

As I re-read this children’s story, I could see that Nehemiah encountered, deception, distraction, and discouragement. This isn't a modern phenomenon! I was refreshed and strengthened by three new insights that I gained from this story. I hope they help you.

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Fashion vs. Spirituality- clothing the world

It's a new year. It's time for cleaning closets, taking stock, and letting go of old ways of thinking. It's time for new thoughts and new actions- new modes of living.

In a conversation with a friend yesterday, we both questioned, "Are fashion and spirituality mutually exclusively?"

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Peace For A New Mom

We had a great summer.  There was a little time for writing.  Here is a re-post of a piece written for the Christian Science Monitor in August.  Thanks, neighbor Kent for sharing the image.


Be true- not polite!

The most healing thing we can do is to break with conventional or fear filled thoughts- to think for ourselves. Let go of criticism. Think in spiritual and unlimited terms about yourself and others.

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