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The Pressure to be Perfect

The Pressure to be Perfect

Welcome to Thankful Thursday's with Janell & Friends! I met the lovely and powerful Daphne Delay "online" several years ago. We were part of a great group called, "Speaker Chicks," led by Master Mentor, Kathi Lipp. A year or so later, I literally bumped into her...

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30 Lessons in 30 Days: A Handful of Tranquility

Lesson One: A Handful of Tranquility I've been home from my whirlwind-trip-of-a-lifetime-to-Europe with my husband for almost two months now (whew, long sentence!) And, I admit, it has taken me this long to begin putting into words the life-changing lessons I learned...

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4WRDMOTION: God is my fortress.

  Psalm 46:1-3 (MSG) "God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shake mountains." I saw this billboard in Dulles...

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Alter the Whole Landscape

"The secret of a disciple's life is devotion to Jesus Christ, and the characteristic of the life is its unobtrusiveness. It is like a corn of wheat, which falls into the ground and dies, but presently it will spring up and alter the whole landscape" (Oswald Chambers,...

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4WRDMOTION: The drought is over. Let the river flow.

It's been a long month and a half. From the looks of my desk, you can see that I have been totally immersed in my graduate work (completing yet another 15 page research paper), completion of grading the research papers of my fourteen home schooled writing students and...

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A Wide-Awake Life

My final writing assignment to my HS writing students was to start a blog. They are doing a terrific job. Check out their posts on www.takethetimetowriteitdown.wordpress.com. I wanted to share this one with you because I just love the writer's comment on keeping a...

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A Mother is the Truest Friend

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by...

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4WordMotion: Leap Over a Wall

When I clicked on an email today, written by Candace Rose,I was so blessed I wanted to share it with you. She spends a few moments encouraging us, her family, with the words of Psalm 18:29 (NIV): "With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale...

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4WORD MOVEMENT: The Grave is Overwhelmed.

This past Sunday, my worship leader, Mark, sang Chris Tomlin's, "I Will Rise." It took by breath away and ministered to a deep place in my heart. I haven't been able to get it out of my mind or off my lips.   And, today, images and interviews of Columbine families,...

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Psalm 23’s, “I shall not want.”

4Word Motion: I shall not want. Psalm 23:1 has been an anchor in my life. I love it in every version: KJV: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." NIV: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want." The Message: "God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing." New...

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