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How To Live A Lopsided Life

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How To Live A Lopsided Life

How many of us can still hear our parents saying, “sit up straight” during dinner time or, when we needed an attitude adjustment, “you better straighten up?”  My father, in particular, was a stickler for walking tall with shoulders back; no slouching! I’ve tried to walk the straight and narrow path most of my life.  However, at this stage of the game, I’m going radical.  I’m going to throw caution to the wind.  I’ve decided to take on a more lopsided life. What do you mean…lopsided? If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you...

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Opening Your Heart to God

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Opening Your Heart to God

There’s a natural rhythm to our beating hearts. It’s an ordinary, life-giving thump-thump, thump-thump, thump-thump.  Steady, unfaltering until…well, until…something goes wrong. Recently, my heart was marching to its own drummer.  I had an extra electrical node that, when activated, sent my heart rate into a tizzy.  That’s Southern for crazy, unfathomable, scary! I had a heart problem. Heart Mapping During the noninvasive procedure, they placed numerous electromagnetic pads all over my body to aid with mapping my heart in 3D.  It...

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17 Surprising Little Assurances Hidden in Psalm 23

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17 Surprising Little Assurances Hidden in Psalm 23

You know it.  You’ve probably memorized it in Sunday school class. Psalm 23 – The familiar “the Lord is my shepherd” psalm. You may have recited it in church or perhaps while solemnly standing in a cemetery.  The words evoke comfort and peace like no other for me. Did you know that there are 17 mini-assurances within the covenant psalm?  I didn’t either until I picked up my small travel Bible the other day and stumbled upon words that were written in blue ink next to each verse. The words are not my words.  If...

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The Best Way to Live is “As If” Your Life Matters

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The Best Way to Live is “As If” Your Life Matters

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought what if?  “What if I sold everything and moved away? What if the people at work were nicer?  What if I had taken better care of myself?”  Playing the what if game can be a powerful drain on our psyche. I know because I’ve been guilty of living my life smack-dab in the middle of the what if principle.  Different circumstances raise my what if levels and, lately, the gauge has been tilting toward the high end.   To those of you who know me, you know that quiet, alone time is...

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Running Into Your Daddy’s Arms

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Running Into Your Daddy’s Arms

I admit to being a “daddy’s girl” while growing up. We had an extraordinary relationship and, as Father’s Day approaches, my thoughts are filled with special moments with him.   So many remembrances…like this one. In my neighborhood, each family had homes built on one acre of land… big backyards were the norm.  I was 6 years old and, along with two of my neighbor buddies, we decided to do something we shouldn’t…play with fire.  Literally play with fire. Our brilliant idea was to transfer the fire from one leaf...

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Are You a Shallow Christian?

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Are You a Shallow Christian?

Recently, I had the good fortune to spend a few days in Key West with two very special cousins from California.  We swam in the shallow waters off the beautiful Smathers Beach which was just across the way from our condo. The weather was perfect and the water utterly delightful, however, once in the ocean we saw very little in terms of marine life: sea grass, an occasional rock, and quick-as-lightning minnows were about it.  The water was too shallow…too boring! As a child, I spent many memorable days in the Keys.  I relished the true...

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Prince Alert: A Twist on the Meaning of Purple Rain

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Prince Alert:  A Twist on the Meaning of Purple Rain

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the music artist Prince died a few weeks ago.  He was a musician with enormous talent and best known for his album Purple Rain. As expected, the media blanketed the airways around the clock for over 5 days.  I know that many of his fans found solace in the 24 hour coverage but, honestly, it was excessive. The incessant chanting of “purple rain, purple rain, purple rain” struck a chord with me but not in the way you might think.  With all of the hoopla surrounding the events of...

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How To Take Charge When Someone Is Hammered

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How To Take Charge When Someone Is Hammered

Admit it…we’ve all been hammered at some point in our lives.  I’m not talking about being over-served with libations.  Nope…I mean when you feel as though you’ve been pounded into a 2-by-4 with no chance of escape. You’re discouraged. You’re weary. You’re disheartened. You want to pull your hair out in frustration!  Life isn’t going your way!  You’re on the precipice of falling into a chasm of self-pity.  Get the picture?  It’s not pretty. The past few weeks have been that for me.  Opportunities...

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The Words We Say Can Be Shocking

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The Words We Say Can Be Shocking

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life.  But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” ~ Proverbs 15:4 Do you remember a time when someone said something ugly to you?  I bet you can share, in vivid detail, how you felt at that moment.  Maybe the words themselves weren’t so wicked but “how” they were spoken affected you deeply.  Yes, what we say and how we say it matters. I’m hesitant to share this story but when I was in first grade, another little girl told me that I wrote my 2’s funny.  Incredible, I thought!  We’re in 1st grade…what does she...

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There’s a Blessing In Waiting

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There’s a Blessing In Waiting

Wait.  Wait a second.  Hold on.  Wait. Waiting…I’m not very good at it.  Patience is something I strive for constantly, pray for unceasingly, and fail at miserably.  Right now my friends & family are nodding in agreement. How well do you handle waiting?  In a world plagued by instant gratification waiting seems to be the last thing on our mind.  We are action junkies. Scripture encourages engagement.  In fact, there’s an entire book devoted to it.   Coincidentally, it is called ACTS!  Yep, that’s right…ACTS! ...

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