When a university student asked Billy Graham what had been the biggest surprise in his life, he answered, “My biggest surprise in life is its brevity.”
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James would agree. He wrote to those bragging about their big plans for the future, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”… Continue
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on March 21, 2017 at 8:20am —
I’m delighted to have Dawn Wilson share her wisdom on how to “release the brakes” that hold us back. Dawn assists Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth with research and works with various departments at Revive Our Hearts. Learn more about this talented gal in her bio below.
Now here’s Dawn…
A Clinical Psychologist who motivates Olympic athletes, Dr. Larry Iverson, once said, “You can go amazing places when you quit stepping on the brakes.” …
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on March 14, 2017 at 6:43am —
Is there someone you care for but can’t seem to reach? They seem detached or don’t understand you. What’s missing is engagement.
Webster defines engage: “to mesh with.” Being with someone and failing to connect is as satisfying as hugging someone wrapped in vinyl. In helping folks engage, I’ve noticed three factors that make a difference.
- Ensure Safety
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on March 7, 2017 at 9:59am —
A counseling professor told a woman in one of Larry’s lab groups, “Your tears don’t move me.” His words stunned the group, but the woman stopped crying. “Those were tears of frustration,” he explained. “They weren’t tears of brokenness.”
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I’ve thought of that many times when someone’s tears haven’t moved me and wondered what was behind them. Crocodiles shed tears when… Continue
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on February 28, 2017 at 11:11am —
My favorite games of “hide and seek” took place at night with my older cousins at a friend’s log cabin on the marsh. The smell of salt air, twinkling lightening bugs, and the moon shining over the water created a magical setting for our childhood fun. The goal was to hide so well the seeker would give up looking for you.
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When Hebrews says God “rewards those who earnestly seek him” (11:6) we may picture a game of “hide and seek.” But God is not hiding from… Continue
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on February 21, 2017 at 7:28am —
When people ask me if I’m religious, I’m quick to say “no, but I love Jesus.” To be called religious has a bad connotation today. When I asked my small group to describe pure religion, words like formal, solemn, and rigid emerged. If that came to your mind then you may be surprised by the Bible’s description of pure religion.
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The book of James cuts through pious platitudes and… Continue
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on February 14, 2017 at 2:40pm —
What do you think you need in order to be productive, valuable—or pleasing to God? What do you find yourself wishing you had more of?
By: Jon Clegg
A friend who battles arthritis and runs a ministry wants more energy. Some of us long for more experience or…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on January 24, 2017 at 9:06am —
Why would Eve trade paradise for the knowledge of good and evil? Why do I swap peace and joy to worry over a decision?
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I recently realized Eve and I share a common problem. We’ve both allowed the desire for knowledge to rob us from the pleasure of trusting God.
Choosing fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on January 17, 2017 at 8:01am —
A couple of weeks before Christmas my cousin flew from San Antonio, TX to Washington DC. Young soldiers being deployed overseas filled her packed plane. When the captain announced they were on the first leg of their trip to Afghanistan, the plane applauded. But one man did more. He told a flight attendant he wanted to give his first class seat to a soldier.
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Added by Debbie W. Wilson on January 4, 2017 at 6:28am —
Can you believe 2016 will soon be a memory? We enjoyed receiving your Christmas cards and letters with family photos and news. Since I’m taking time to be with my family, instead of my usual blog, I’m sharing a few highlights from our Christmas as captured by iPhone.
My Christmas celebration began in early December with a fun trip to…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on December 28, 2016 at 6:58am —
I have a gift for you. It’s a present that could change your life, bless your marriage, and boost your relationship with God. My gift is a simple tool to equip you to connect with and…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on December 20, 2016 at 8:08am —
Would you like your gift-giving to count twice? Are you still looking for that perfect gift that will continue to provide faith, hope, and encouragement after Christmas is over?
This Christmas season you can support and encourage our brave military spouses who shoulder responsibilities of family, employment, finances, and wounded warrior care by participating in a Buy One, Gift One program.
That’s right.… Continue
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on December 13, 2016 at 9:31am —
Christmas is my favorite time of year. But all the opportunities can overwhelm us if we try to do too much or put unreasonable expectations on ourselves or others. Doing too much can leave us empty instead of full. This week I’m enjoying some time off with my daughter so I’m resurrecting a former post that addresses the benefits of doing less.…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on December 7, 2016 at 8:21am —
“What if you woke up this morning and found the only things you had left were the things you thanked God for yesterday?” ~ Terry Shock
I am afraid I would lose many of the treasures I take for granted. What about you? In celebration of Thanksgiving I’m bringing back an old post. I hope it challenges and encourages you as much as it did me.
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Did you thank God yesterday for your ability to see, hear, touch, taste, and speak? What about for your… Continue
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on November 22, 2016 at 7:02am —
Going through the last election was like living in Egypt during the plague of gnats. Negative ads, bad news, and endless recorded phone messages were everywhere! It’s time to cleanse our minds and nourish our souls with better stuff.
My cotton-topped poodle showed me…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on November 15, 2016 at 7:08am —
“Do not fret because of evildoers.”
~ Psalm 37:1 (NASB)
After we’ve prayed and voted, what do we do while we wait? Since I found myself fretting over the election the above verse came to mind. Below is an excerpt from Give Yourself a…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on November 8, 2016 at 9:14am —
A wonderful conference that had inspired and taught me also left me feeling ancient. The younger participants were light-years ahead of me in their knowledge of technology, marketing, and social media. I felt like I’d pulled up to a jet fueling station in a horse and buggy. While their spaceships intrigued me, I wasn’t sure I could—or wanted to—drive one.…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on November 1, 2016 at 2:30pm —
“It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him.” ~ Hebrews 11:17 (NLT)
My son loved to climb and leap when he was very young. At four he fell off of a tall slide and bumped his head. Because he couldn’t remember what had happened, I told him we had to go to the emergency room. He put up a terrible…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on October 18, 2016 at 1:58pm —
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My dear cousin recently lost Ketu, her Tibetan Mastiff. Ketu was a gentle giant. In memory of her sweet dog, I am sharing what I wrote when we lost Corrie, our yellow lab.
“to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). The hope of a reunion with loved ones in the faith helps us say good-bye. But what solace do pet owners have?…
Added by Debbie W. Wilson on October 4, 2016 at 7:03am —