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What Do Signature Strengths Look Like?

What Do Signature Strengths Look Like?

Signature Strengths. When I think of this term, Colossians 4:5b comes to mind: “make the most of every opportunity.” Memories and impressions come in flashes for me. An incident here, a look there. I formed opinions about my parents – who they were – what they were – which seemed to take solid form by early adulthood. Being a psychoanalyst by nature, I did, and still do, spend time reflecting on those moments, attempting to dig deeper into their psyche….

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Building Positive Emotion: Missing Steps?

Building Positive Emotion: Missing Steps?

Building Positive Emotion “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22 Positive emotions, certainly, but how do we get from here to there? God isn’t magic, although He could be. He wants to partner with us rather than wiggle His nose like Bewitched or bob His head like I Dream of Jeannie. In so doing, we grow in trust, we grow in strength, we grow in maturity and character….

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One Way

One Way

One way to God? I have a family member who sincerely believes that there are many paths to God. It is one of my triggers, so unfortunately I react rather than respond. I am working on this. I wish I’d simply say, “Well Jesus will disagree with you on that,” and let her ask the questions, if she is truly seeking. Writing this is likely my way of processing my inner thoughts and dialogue with God this morning, and from…

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My Journey – Searching for Life to the Full

My Journey – Searching for Life to the Full

Life to the full? “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 How do we acquire this life “to the full”? How can we grow in hope and joy and peace? How can we fortify an inner resilience that allows us to deepen and thrive in our experience & relationship with Him, and to strengthen our lives in real, tangible ways? How…

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Morning Reflection on Spiritual Weeding

Morning Reflection on Spiritual Weeding

Spiritual weeding? Good morning! Spring is almost here, so I suppose it seems logical that my morning reflections would lead to thoughts of weeding. (I have never lived somewhere that required so very much weeding!) When I was very young, I remember my grandmother teaching me how to weed. She gave us a small butter knife and showed us how to dig next to the weed and pull up the entire root. It wasn’t fun. I didn’t like it. The…

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An Understanding Heart

An Understanding Heart

An Understanding Heart – Matthew 12: 13-45 “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Want to see me go from zero to 60 in .07 seconds? Say this Scripture out of context to me. This is one of the several that I hear flouted around by people who are most often trying to use it to justify their judgment of someone else. Stop. Read the Word. Now walk with me.

Humble and Gentle Heart of Jesus

Humble and Gentle Heart of Jesus

Jesus’ Humble and Gentle Heart. “…learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…” Matthew 11:29 I want us to really meditate on this sweet piece of Scripture from the mouth of Jesus Christ. Let us pause.  Selah.     “…learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…”       When we are spiritually abused, one common reaction…

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Christ as Our Springboard – Morning Rant

Christ as Our Springboard – Morning Rant

Christ as our springboard. When I was in gymnastics, I remember the feeling, the burst of energy, the thrill, of running up to the springboard and vaulting the horse. It was exhilarating. However, if the springboard was too close, too far away, if the springs were wonky, and so on, the result could be a painful lack of success.

Jesus’ Heart of Comfort Toward Women – Part 7

Jesus’ Heart of Comfort Toward Women – Part 7

Daughter, be of good comfort. Read with me: Matthew 9: 20-22 For 12 years this woman had been bleeding. Translations vary from more dramatic wording to less, but her reality was… well we women know, don’t we? Back then, that made her unclean, untouchable, an outcast… for 12 years. Can you let that sink in for a moment?

Jesus’ Heart Toward Women – “Valued” – Post 6

Jesus’ Heart Toward Women – “Valued” – Post 6

You are VALUED. Jesus continues to be busy – teaching, preaching, and healing. Followed from behind, walked alongside, and even met with people along the road, here in Matthew 9 we see Him interrupted. Once again, His reaction is to meet the needs of the men, WOMEN, and children (male and female) selflessly, without challenge, excuse, or delay. In Jesus’ time, females were viewed by the culture as less valuable than males. This is still true in some cultures today….

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