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For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity. -Proverbs 24:16 (NIV) My life feels like a three-ring circus. This thought crossed my mind today, and not for the first time. And by a circus, I don’t mean the fun kind – the Barnum and Bailey kind, where lions are tamed and acrobats swing skillfully from one trapeze to the next. I mean the little girl in her backyard pretending she can juggle with fire and ride a unicycle – but the fire is real, and the unicycle is tall and she has no helmet. That kind of circus usually ends up with burns and blood, and a little girl wondering why on earth she thought she could perform like that in the first place. There might be some people who do a great job of managing chaos in a graceful way, maybe even transforming it into order as they go. I am not one of those people. The Chaos of Life I have seen the summer fly by as always, and feel I have very little to show for it. My home is more out of control than it’s […]

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Have you ever felt like a failure as a Christian woman? Like, you looked at other Christian women doing all the things, and then looked in the mirror and found yourself wanting? Candid Confession: I have. When we get caught up in that comparison trap, it’s easy to see ourselves as less-than. All we usually see when we look at others are their highlight reels. And that can leave us feeling pretty low. No Matter What Your Struggle… But the thing is, no matter what our struggle is, we can have faith that God loves us just the same. That’s part of the reason I put together my anthology, Candid Conversations. There’s something to knowing we don’t struggle alone. And we also need to know that no matter how our struggle is going, our salvation is secure in Christ. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” That’s good news. That’s why, when I came across Susan’s post last week, I knew it was one I wanted to share with you. Susan wrote about how she asked herself a question. Maybe you’ve asked yourself it to. “How can I be a Christian and still […]

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I’ve had those days. I’m sure you have too. Those days when one annoying thing happens, then something else goes wrong, followed by another… and in a short amount of time, you find yourself grumbling about everything, and maybe even taking your frustration out on others. I’m not talking about life changing events that have no choice but to turn your day upside down. I mean the little inconveniences that take extra time; the toddler tantrums or snippy attitude from your teen; the task you forgot to get done; and the situation that didn’t go according to plan. They add up to equal a sour mood that can last all day, and even into the next day. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can take control of our attitude, instead of letting it control us. 3 Steps to Take When You Need An Attitude Adjustment 1.) Check Yourself Physically I’ve always told my daughter that everything seems worse when we’re hungry, tired, or sick. Did you skip lunch? Did you toss and turn instead of sleeping the night before? When we’re run down physically, it zaps our strength and energy, and we have little to go on […]

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One of my favorite things to do is read my Bible aloud. Not like to anyone. Just to myself. I love hearing the Word of God. Putting inflection into it. There’s just something about speaking it aloud that makes it come alive for me. During the school year when I’m home alone, I’ll carry my Bible around, while walking in circles around my living room, dining room, and kitchen. Reading God’s Word aloud and getting in some quality steppage for my FitBit challenges. There may or may not be hand gestures involved. You may think I’m weird, and that’s totally okay. But something about it just draws me closer to Jesus. Quiet Time Distractions And, I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s nice to break up my regular quiet-time routine. Sometimes when I’m sitting quietly with my Bible and my head is hurting, it’s hard to stay focused. But when I’m walking around, actively engaging with God’s Word, distraction doesn’t come easy. I don’t know if you ever get distracted when you’re reading God’s Word. But if I had to guess, I would say it’s a pretty common struggle. And that’s why when I came across Deborah’s post last […]

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As long as I can remember I have had a fear of rejection and abandonment. I remember being very young and crying at the song “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Little Jackie Paper moved on from his friend Puff. Basically, as the song goes, Jackie had an imaginary friend Puff, who happened to be a dragon. They played together in an imaginary land, and Jackie is said to have loved his rascal Puff who had a mighty roar. But as Jackie grew older, he didn’t come to play with Puff anymore, as he moved on to other toys. The song says that … “Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar. His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain,  Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane. Without his life-long friend, puff could not be brave,  So puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave.”  I Am Undone True story, I can’t even read those lyrics without bursting into tears. That is pretty heavy stuff for a children’s song. He friend decided to not come and play anymore, and Puff was so hurt that he lost his fearless roar. He lost his courage and […]

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Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Would you be surprised to learn that this is a common struggle among women? In 2002 the National Sleep Foundation did a survey that found 63% of women suffered from insomnia. That’s a lot of tired ladies. So why do you think that is? What keeps us up at night? I have my own theories. My Sleepless Story I used to have trouble sleeping. Like, a lot of trouble. But over the past couple of years, I have been able to overcome. The main thing that kept me awake was replaying conversations from the day over and over again in my head. Beating myself up for things I thought I did wrong or said wrong. Areas where I failed. If I didn’t finish my to do list, I would stress over it. Sometimes I would go back even further. Like that time in high school when I failed to share the gospel when one of my friends specifically asked me how to become a Christian. But I was in a hurry and didn’t take the time to stop and to lead Him to Jesus. Other times I would stress about the future. […]

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I am not enough. That is the truth that has been sinking in lately. I sat in the office with only half the amount of paperwork that I was supposed to have with me. My printer had run out of ink that morning (I could have gone to buy ink but then my daughter wouldn’t have had a nap… and that wasn’t an option), I forgot an important document, and I brought my passport because I lost my driver’s license. Awww, it’s hard isn’t it? That is what the lady in the office said to me. Further confirming that I felt. I was not enough. I Was Struggling That was the same morning I was trying to write an email but had to revise it five times. No matter how hard I tried, the truth kept hitting over and over. There is never enough of me to go around, and there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. I don’t have time for this or that. I am not pretty enough, or well-spoken enough. And sometimes my faith isn’t enough because it is shadowed by my fear. These truths kept sinking deeper and deeper, until it […]

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Are you okay? How are you doing today? How’s it going? These are questions we get asked on a regular basis. Or at least we do in my neck of the woods. And 90% of the time, they are asked because people really want to know. We live in a wonderful small town, with an amazing church family. Their love and support mean the world to us. However, those are the kinds of questions that I really don’t know how to answer. The last thing I want to do is lie and say I’m fine because I’m not. And they know it. I’ve been struggling with chronic migraines for almost two years now. Status migranosis, my neurologist called it. It’s basically where you get a migraine one day and it never goes away. Ever. Like, my head hurts all the time. Some days are better than others, but it always hurts. So for two years, I haven’t been able to say “I’m fine.” I can say, “it’s a good day,” or “it’s a bad day.” Or I can shake my head. Sometimes I just say, “well, I’m here.” I hate feeling like I’m always complaining, but I don’t know how […]

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“Should I move back home to Hawaii or should I stay in San Francisco?” this question kept me up at night and then when I did fall asleep it leaked in and crowded my dreams.   I was in my first semester of college when I faced my personal Goliath. Out of state fees were wild and the financial aid I received wasn’t enough so I couldn’t afford another semester at San Francisco State University. My options were: A.) Find a job and go to school part-time at SF State  (very doable) B.) Skip a semester and stay in the Bay Area to work full-time (hated the thought of losing out on a semester but willing to do it) C.) Go back home to my family in Hawaii. Be considered a loser but at least I wouldn’t be starving (dreading the thought of this). Let’s be honest here, “C” was not an option. I could not go back home empty-handed. I wanted so badly to be successful and to make my parents proud of me. I was overwhelmed and at a crossroad. What do you do when you’re at a crossroad? Studies have found that 86.5% of college students feel […]

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Can I be honest and tell you that I haven’t always loved the story of Esther in the Bible? It’s one of the stories that I didn’t always understand from the first time I read it. Let me be frank, I’m a very analytical person. I like to go from point A to point B. There is no need for A.1, A.2, or A.3. And there is definitely no reason to get sidetracked on C, D, E, L, M, N, O, P. A two second question deserves a two second answer. Now, if you’ve read the book of Esther, you might understand why I might not have loved it from day one. For Such A Time As This Yet, overtime, as I have matured as a Christian women, I have come to understand it more. I’ve learned about the culture Esther lived in. I’ve learned about the prayer she put in behind the scenes. Esther wasn’t wasting time, she was making the most of it. That’s why she was born “for such a time as this,” back then. But I’ve learned that we are all born for such a time as this, today. And that’s where today’s featured post comes […]

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