Living by Faith, not just Emotions

Guest Post by Ginger Harrington (Today my friend Ginger Harrington is sharing from her book Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life. about a subject near and dear to both of us – living a soul strong faith through authenticity. Selah-Award finalist and dynamic speaker, Ginger Harrington is the wife of a retired Marine and mama mom to three young adults. Helping women discover biblical ways to experience wholeness…

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When No One Knows How Sad You Really Are…

I’m poured out like water.   All my bones have fallen apart.  My heart is like wax; it melts inside me.   My strength is dried up like a piece of broken pottery. Psalm 22.14-15 Are you perhaps experiencing a “dark night of the soul?” This term, first mentioned by 16th century St. John of the Cross, has come to mean a season when one senses the total absence of God. Our prayers lack feeling and…

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Will September Begin a Harvest?

It is now September and for most of us, that means the Fall Season has begun. Colorful leaves. Apples and Cornucopia baskets. Cozy sweaters. New sharpened pencils. Hearty soup. Pumpkin everything. How desperately we need a time of Harvest in our lives! And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken lives. So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come…

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Every Mama and Daddy Can Do This

Nine years ago today, at the end of my eulogy I sang “Jesus Loves Me” to the entire congregation. And I’m not a singer. Yet it seemed to be the perfect way to end my litany of Daddy’s legacy of love. You see, my earthly father’s love for me paved the way for me to understand and embrace the love of God my heavenly Father. While I still miss Daddy every day, and August is…

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Struggling with Identity?

Do you know who you are and who you aren’t? Sometimes it takes a lifetime to finally embrace our true identity as God’s beloved. And to live the unique story He is writing of our lives… That great theologian Dolly Parton once said, “Find out who you are, and then do it on purpose!” But God definitely had other plans for this girl. The Bible stated clearly that God’s people carry His treasure in ordinary…

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When You Feel God Has Not Answered Your Prayers

Perhaps you are one of those people whose feels your recent prayers have not been answered by the God Almighty to whom you turned in desperation. Or at least not answered in the way you had hoped. Your elderly grandmother still died alone in her nursing home.You lost your job in the pandemic and now the company has folded.Your young adult child continues to make risky choices.And chemotherapy has not proven effective in healing your…

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Surviving a Worst Case Scenario

Today on my husband Michael McDowell‘s 75th Birthday, I’d love to share part of his life story which inspires me greatly. ****** What does a 34-year-old man do when he hears these two phrases only days apart: “Congratulations, you have a baby daughter!” and “I’m so sorry to tell you that your wife has liver cancer?” He makes a choice to move forward into each new day, trusting in God’s strength and seeking to fulfill…

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Upon Awakening in the Middle of the Night

I hate waking up in the middle of the night. Mostly because my mind begins to think hard and I can’t seem to turn it off. When this happens to my husband, he recites the Jesus prayer, “O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Which puts him right back to sleep. Not me. I toss and turn, but can never quite get comfortable. Occasionally I will jot down (in…

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Nothing in the House?

Are you empty? Or does it just feel that way? A few years ago I was asked to fill in for another speaker who had to cancel due to a family emergency. No problem, right? I am, after all, a speaker and have gone on as an ‘understudy’ many times before. Except this time I was also busy helping to direct the event. And did I mention that my audience would be a couple dozen…

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(a few of) Elisabeth Elliot’s Words to Me

Last week I was asked to speak (remotely) to a Bible Study in Bethesda MD on the life of Elisabeth Elliot. I was delighted to know these women had been studying many great servants of the Lord and it was a privilege to be with them and remember some of Elisabeth’s legacy. Elisabeth Elliot entered “through gates of splendor” to her heavenly Home five years ago. I recall that June morning when her daughter Valerie…

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How Can You Tell It’s the Real Thing?

One morning my computer screen and phone blew up with messages about my urgent email asking for money while I was on a trip. “What???” After initial confusion, I realized someone had cloned me – wreaking havoc with my life and reputation. Those emails appeared to be from me, with all the markings of legitimacy. But they were false. Beware of counterfeits. Caller ID on my landline phone often indicates a friend of mine is…

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What I Would Love to Say to All the Leaders

Everywhere I look chaos reigns.  Our world has spiraled into confusion, contempt, and confrontation when our better selves would choose compassion, courage, and community.  Desperate for change, we seek leadership — on every level.  But what kind of leaders do we need today for home, church, workplace, school, town, government, and country? And what could we possibly say to such people of influence?  For myself, obedience begins by praying…. “The first thing I want you…

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