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Encouragement for Life

Healing from Depression

Like the rest of the world, I was shocked by the death of Robin Williams this week.  A myriad of emotions came over me even though I didn’t know him personally.  I have been disturbed and saddened by how Williams died.  At first, it was difficult for me to understand why a famous and successful actor would commit suicide.  It would seem that Robin Williams had everything to make him want to live.  Yet, he chose to take his own life. 



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Fun in the Son!

I love to watch kids at play.  They are so carefree and spontaneous.  Their imagination amazes me as ideas are expressed through interactive play with one another.  The energy and enthusiasm coming from their little bodies is fun to see and can be contagious when I relax enough to soak it up.  Kids know how to have fun and enjoy each day.  I am learning from them how to have fun and not be a boring, busy and tired adult.  I'm looking for Fun in the Son this summer!  



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Guarding Freedom

This sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it?  If freedom means we are free then why do we need to guard it?  Yet today, more than ever, I believe the guarding of freedom pertains specifically to Christians.  Read headlines of stories around the globe and you will see how the expression of Christian faith is challenged and most times penalized. 



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This Father's Day, I Choose To Love

Father’s Day has always been tough for me because I wish my relationship with my dad could be different and better.  Even though we live in the same town, I rarely talk to him about anything in depth.  I am as much responsible for the state of our relationship as he is and being a follower of Christ, I know that I should make more of an effort to reach out to him.  When my boys were born, I thought the bond between dad and I would strengthen because of the possibility that we might spend more time together.  Regrettably, this did not happen so I became resentful of my dad. 



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Your Most Important Relationship

Have you ever wondered where we get the concept of relationship?  Why do we desire relationships with people?  Why do we enjoy good friendships and want to share life with others?  There is a deep longing in our hearts for significant and lasting relationships but why is this so?  How is it that a heart knows it needs relationships in order to satisfy its most insatiable cravings? 



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Religion or Relationship

Do you try to be a good person or do you aim to please God?  Tired of following rituals and traditions to earn God’s approval?  I’ve tried for many years to be a good person, following rituals and traditions in order to be right with God.  What I’ve learned is, these things give me religion but God wants a heart to heart connection with me through a relationship with His Son Jesus.   



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The Groundhog Days of Motherhood

Every morning I wake up to the same day.  I call it my Groundhog Day…..as in the movie. 



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Without a Compass

I was nine years old when our family escaped from communism in Vietnam.  My aunt paid gold to fishermen from a fishing village called Chu Hai to secure our family’s place on their boat, CH 25.  Thirty five adults and seven children were tightly packed on the 36 x 42 feet wooden fishing boat with no covered protection on the deck.  In search of refuge and freedom from communist oppression, we risked our lives in spite of my mom being almost six months pregnant.  Two days into the journey, it was revealed that the crew had not brought along a compass!  With no navigation instruments, no radio, and no means of communication, our boat was lost.  But, my grandmother and some people on the boat began praying fervently because they believed God was our only compass. 



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Holy Week Reflection: Dying to Self

A few weeks ago, I began the Lenten season with a commitment to live a more disciplined life by dealing with destructive eating habits.  I’ve done fairly well, staying on track with healthy and regular meals.  Of course there have been a few days when I’ve reverted to old ways but thankfully that has not been the norm.  With God’s help, I continue to make progress each day. 



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God is Your Hiding Place

My boys love to play hide and seek.  One particular day they were playing this game during a thunderstorm when the roaring of thunder frightened Caleb, who was 2 at the time.  He ran into big brother Isaiah’s bed and hid.  From the upstairs hallway I heard Isaiah’s comforting words, “don’t be afraid Caleb.  God is your hiding place!” 



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