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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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Identifying and Owning Your Problem

By Leslie Vernick | November 4, 2020 |

Morning friends, Lately, we’ve been talking around the topic of responsibility and ownership. The R- Step of my CORE strength teaching. Too often as wives and mothers, we have over functioned, taking ownership and responsibility to fix or solve someone else’s problem while ignoring our own. Today’s question is another example, that I’m sure many of you will relate to.…

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How To Find And Keep Good Friends

By Leslie Vernick | March 11, 2020 |

Morning friends, I usually respond to a lot of questions each week about marriage. But last week’s question was about a friendship with another woman and I don’t think we give this topic enough time or energy. Our girlfriend relationships are crucial, probably even more important than marriage because there is no one person, even a good spouse that can…

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How Do I Handle My Husband’s Jealousy?

By Leslie Vernick | December 18, 2019 |

Morning friends, Christmas is just a week away. Please take some time to be with yourself and God reflecting on this miracle of Emmanuel, God with us. Read through John 1 slowly. Ponder the words, “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness….he has revealed God to us.” What…

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Does My Husband Get The Final Say?

By Leslie Vernick | August 14, 2019 |

Morning friends, I’m heading to Chicago to spend some time with my parents and family for a few days before going to Canada for some meetings. But I want to invite you to a very special FB Live tomorrow (Thursday, August 15) at noon ET with my guest Mary DeMuth. Mary’s a prolific author and has just released her newest…

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