Morning Routine: Affirmations

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Words matter.  In the beginning, God spoke creation into being… with words. And ever since, God’s been inviting us to join him in the creative process.  So use your words.  Use your words to speak life into your day. Replace any negative thoughts or ideas swirling around your brain with helpful, affirming words. Meditate on verses like this: What, then, …

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Morning Routine: Prayer

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Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Thessalonians 5:16-17 To tell you the truth, I don’t “pray continually.” But I think I’m on the journey of getting closer.  When I say “pray” I think about it very broadly. I used to confine prayer to closed eyes and clasped …

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Morning Routine: Stillness

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He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 Be still.  When you’re still, it’s easier to pay attention. When you’re still, it’s easier to listen.  In stillness, we quiet our mind listen to our… body—what’s going on? heart—what am I feeling? soul—how am I connecting?  We are WHOLE beings, designed to connect with God and be all …

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Morning Routine: Breathe

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Everyday this week I’m going to focus on your MORNING ROUTINE. It’s been said that if you win the morning you win the day. There’s no better time to think about your morning routine than today. Mercies are new everyday, and so are your choices. “Breathe” Probably the most basic, personal, and helpful habit you can start is paying attention …

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We’re all Spiderman

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My sons love the new Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse. It concludes making the point that we’re all Spiderman. Or, we’re all superheroes.  You don’t need to shoot webs to save days. You don’t need to fly to be there when it matters. You don’t need X-ray vision to see someone in pain. You don’t super-strength to carry someone else’s burden. …

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Just Be You

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I wish I was a little bit tallerI wish I was a baller Stop wishing for what you’re not. Be you.  Be all that you are. Enjoy what you have. Leverage what you can. Lean into your uniqueness. Make the most of your opportunities. And don’t allow yourself to be jealous, anxious, or insecure over what’s not. That steals your advantage and cheapens what is. Be you. …

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Tomorrow Starts Tonight

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How you finish today informs tomorrow.  I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. (Psalm 3:5) When I stay up late, I’m a mess in the morning. Some of us stick the coffee IV needle in our vein, just to survive. Then, to come down, drink alcohol… which messes with sleep… and the cycle continues.  I’m …

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Hilary Hijack: Funeral Fund

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I received a text about a month ago, the kind of text you dread. One of my best friends from college lost her mom unexpectedly. This was the same woman with whom I spent the evening a few months prior as she showed me her beautiful garden and delighted in her beautiful grandkids. I was heartbroken all day and honestly …

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Better or worse

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Recently, our boys were asking for something and Hilary and I disagreed on the approach we should take. With a little bit of an early-morning-and-still-tired edge, my comments to Hilary were sharp and came across condescending… as if my ways were the right ways and hers are wrong.  I never want to be rude to Hilary.  I really never want to be rude to Hilary in front of …

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Mercy and Achievement

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It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. -Apostle Paul (Romans 9:16) It’s been my experience that what Paul is saying here is an experience that only comes with age… and pain.  Like children, we need parameters and structures while we’re growing. “Don’t touch that. Don’t say that. Obey your mom…because I said so!” But as …

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