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Five Steps to Achieving Your Impossible Dream

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Sixteen years ago, my husband the Norwegian Artist and I had an improbable dream: we wanted to find a place in the country and raise our kids there. I say improbable because 1) we had four kids and 2) we […]

When Our Dreams Never Come True

posted by Carolyn Henderson

From the time we are schoolchildren, we are regularly assured, “You can be anything you want to be. Just dream it, and it will come true.” Do an Internet search on “following your dreams” and you’ll come up with everything […]

“God Helps Those Who Help Themselves.” Yuck.

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Okay, let’s find a Bible verse. Ready? “God helps those who help themselves.” I’ll give you a few minutes to look, but to save you time, you’ll find it in 2 Obligations 13: 36,  right before the “Cleanliness is next to […]

Break away from Controlling People

posted by Carolyn Henderson

It’s not too late to give yourself the gift that you will treasure throughout your life, wrapping it up as a year-round, realistic New Year’s Resolution as well: Aggressively and unapologetically learn to think for yourself. In a society that […]

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Free Yourself from Bible Study Myths
"Why won't you attend Bible study?" a man asked me once. "Do you hate studying the Bible?" [caption id="attachment_1166" align="alignleft" width="426"] Anytime you seek to free yourself from rules that the majority of people follow, you'll be told that you're different, dissident, and difficul

posted 8:09:34pm Sep. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Looking for Your Ministry? 5 Ways to Find It
Many Christians, especially in church settings, focus -- obsess -- about finding their ministry, and they pore through 1 Corinthians 12 searching for suggestions: "Do I have faith? or a message of wisdom? I'm pretty sure I don't have the ability to manifest miraculous powers. What, God, do you w

posted 8:15:30pm Sep. 26, 2014 | read full post »

The Purposeless, Driven Life
Christians come in all shapes, sizes, and maturity levels, and the more honest we are, the more fun we are to be with, even if what we're saying or working through is painful. The other day, someone told me: [caption id="attachment_1155" align="alignleft" width="416"] For all that many Christian

posted 8:01:27pm Sep. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Christian Misfits: "You Have a Beautiful Face"
I'm sure that most of you, at some time, have found yourself in public in a somewhat disheveled state. "Nobody I know will see me," you tell yourself. And, of course, that's when too many people you know do, indeed see you, their first comment generally being, "Oh my gosh! Have you been sick?

posted 7:30:34pm Sep. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Is God Calling You?
In our church days, when I sat in an interlocking chair, stared ahead at the big white screen, and sang words that flashed by, I used to wonder, vaguely, if God was calling me to do something, and I wasn't hearing. After all, the church had all sorts of ministry opportunities. Although many of t

posted 8:48:47pm Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »


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