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Am I Crazy Or Is He Lying

By Leslie Vernick | March 3, 2021 |

Morning friend, It’s hard to believe that our world has been shut down for a year now. I had planned a trip to France in April that was cancelled this week due to continued COVID restrictions. It’s easy to get angry and depressed. What’s much harder is to take responsibility for our own emotions in an unfair, unpleasant situation and…

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Is My Hope Realistic?

By Leslie Vernick | December 23, 2020 |

Morning friends, For me, Christmas is the season for quiet.  For stillness. For reflection on the reality of “Emmanuel, God with us” Pray for me that I would know that God is in this place. So many places the Bible reminds us that the person didn’t realize that God was present when he was. How would your life be different…

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How Do I Honor A Parent Who Is Abusive?

By Leslie Vernick | July 24, 2019 |

Morning friends, I just returned to the cooler weather of the mountains from hot, hot Phoenix. I’m so thankful for this break. Even our dog resisted her walks because of the hot sidewalks. Up here, she can run around and expend all her energy.   I receive quite a few questions from readers who are struggling in relationships that are toxic…

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What Is An Emotional Separation And How Do I Do It Without Hurting Her?

By Leslie Vernick | February 27, 2019 |

Morning friends,I’m in Nashville, taping for the training that you’ve been reading about through churchcares.com. Thanks for your prayers. It’s been an adventure. Afterward, I’m headed on a much-needed vacation with my family (all kids and grandkids) for my husband’s big birthday. Although I’m not sure how much of a vacation it will be when you’re the grandma and your…

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Is My Marriage Doomed?

By Leslie Vernick | March 14, 2018 |

Morning friends, Thanks for your prayers. This is a very busy season for me so I deeply need and appreciate them. Continue to ask God to give me a deeper wisdom of his character and his love.   I’m reading through the Bible again this year and reading some of the Old Testament books can be challenging. I struggle sometimes…

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Help. I Can’t Let Go. I Still Love Him.

By Leslie Vernick | January 6, 2016 |

Morning friends, I flew down to Florida on Sunday for some needed sunshine. I get gloomy without enough sun and although it’s been warm for about a month in Pennsylvania it’s been foggy and cloudy. Unfortunately the sunshine left here for more clouds and wind but I am thankful that I’m not in the 5-degree weather back home. But I…

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What Honors God The Most?

By Leslie Vernick | December 30, 2015 |

Morning friends, As we turn the page on 2015 and enter into 2016, I want this to be a year you trust God more. I want you to trust him to be big enough, good enough and loving enough that if you, in all your frail humanness, make a mistake or get something wrong in your efforts to do it…

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Am I A Magnet For Abusers?

By Leslie Vernick | December 23, 2015 |

Morning friends, In honor of Christmas and the need for both Martha and I to have a less stressful week, I thought I would repeat a blog I did several years ago about a person’s vulnerability to being a repeat victim in abusive relationships. Please do not take this to mean that you cause someone to abuse you. That is…

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If I Leave I’m Afraid I Will Dishonor God

By Leslie Vernick | December 16, 2015 |

Morning friends, I hope you are getting some time this season to savor our Saviors coming to this planet to show us what God is like. I’ve always loved the first chapter of John, especially these verses,             “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. …… No one…

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