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Do-Re-Mi Your Way to Healthier Relationships This Summer

By LeAnne Parsons | July 10, 2024 |

Hello Friends, I recently had the joy of watching a live production of my favorite musical The Sound of Music, and it was an absolute delight. One moment that really stuck with me was the iconic lesson from the song “Do-Re-Mi”: “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” Just like learning to sing by beginning…

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Guard Your Heart By Detaching From Destructive People

By Susan King | June 5, 2024 |

Hello, my Friends! It is a busy time as the school year comes to a close. I live near an elementary school where the children just experienced their last day. From my patio, I could hear hooping and hollering, the sounds of kazoos, and the screams of delight. There is a freedom to summer that children seem to long for.…

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Pause, Pray, Prepare, Practice and Plan

By LeAnne Parsons | April 19, 2023 |

Spring is a glorious season, it’s a time for gratitude and celebration. We get to reflect on hope, renewal, and the gift of our salvation in Christ Jesus. This week’s question provides an opportunity to appreciate the courage and strength it takes to prioritize our well-being and set boundaries in our relationships. By focusing on what is working and finding…

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Am I Wrong for Not Wanting Reconciliation?

By Leslie Vernick | November 30, 2022 |

Morning friend,  I had a wonderful time in Istanbul and Greece on my cruise. It was two years of waiting, but worth it. I especially enjoyed seeing Ephesus and Mars Hill, where the apostle Paul was, and visiting the place he preached in Acts 16. It’s hard to get back on track, especially with the holidays coming up.I am doing…

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He Won’t Leave

By Leslie Vernick | March 16, 2022 |

Morning friend, Sometimes when we’re stuck in a repetitive pattern of unhealthiness or sin we’re tempted to berate ourselves over and over again. We don’t even see the tiny steps forward we may have gained, all we see is the big mistakes we’re still making.  In today’s question, our guest is mad at herself and sad for falling into the…

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What’s Wrong With Sacrificially Helping Others?

By Leslie Vernick | November 24, 2021 |

Morning friend, I am cooking and hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. How about you? My adult children are also bringing food. My granddaughters will set the table. Everyone helps clean up. I don’t do it all. I don’t want to do it all. We’re about to enter into a season where sometimes we can get stressed out, tapped out, and…

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A Courageous Woman Refused To Submit

By Leslie Vernick | August 11, 2021 |

Morning friend, Prayers appreciated for my family. My step-mom is in the final days or weeks of her life and it’s been hard. Pray that she is taken home to heaven with a minimal of suffering and discomfort and comfort for my father who will deeply miss her. Instead of our normal question and answer format, today in light of…

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How Do I Stop The Blame Game?

By Leslie Vernick | July 28, 2021 |

Morning friend, Did you know that during the daytime, sunflowers all turn towards the sun, but at night they all turn towards one another? I love that picture from nature. We are hardwired to need nourishment from both God (the source, the sun for flowers) and also from community. When it’s dark, when it’s cold, when we don’t see or…

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Controlling Someone Or Having Good Boundaries. What’s The Difference?

By Leslie Vernick | June 9, 2021 |

Morning friend, I appreciate the interaction on this weeks’ blog. One question was regarding Jesus’ interaction with the Rich Young Ruler. There is a lot to be said about this interaction which I don’t have time to unpack here, but my point in using this illustration in the particular blog question was that Jesus didn’t offer this man unconditional relationship. …

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