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We are such a results-oriented people. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing to be working for “results” in all areas of life. I do think everyone needs to make conscious decisions of what type of results we really value. As a young Mom, I was inundated with tips for parenting. Not to mention all the ideas I had absorbed from my family of origin, as we all do. At some point I had to just stop. Stop reading, stop being afraid of screwing up, stop believing that if only I followed this or that specific parenting method, my...

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Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety weighs down the heart,
  but a kind word cheers it up.” A few years back I facilitated a book study where we used the late Dan Fogelberg’s Along the Road as our theme. “Joy at the start Fear in the journey, Joy in the coming home. A part of the heart Gets lost in the learning Somewhere along the road. Along the road, your path may wander. A pilgrim’s faith may fail. Absence makes the heart grow stronger. Darkness obscures the trail. Cursing the quest, Courting disaster. Measureless nights forebode. Moments of rest, Glimpses of laughter Are...

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Have you ever heard the expression, “everything happens for a reason?”  How about, “God is in control?”  Maybe the proponents of maxims such as these have good intent.  In fact, maybe that is why they are spread so far and wide without a resounding outcry.  Dollars to doughnuts, if you are a person in pain for any reason, your heart will at first balk and then swallow this bitter pill.  I say you will “swallow it” because (especially if you have caused your own pain, as we all do, many times!) this formula will make shame arise like a Phoenix....