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12 Ways to Increase Your Joy

I know Christians are supposed to be joyful people. And I realize that joy is a result of having the Spirit in me. . .that among all the people of the earth, Christians have the greatest reason to be full of joy. But, sometimes life steps in and robs me of the joy. I know I should feel it, but sometimes I just don’t. The question emerges: Is joy something I should just wait for? Will it just come upon me? I am not alone. There seems to be a great absence of joy in...

Guilt & Shame Are Not the Same

Finding Freedom From Both Guilt is a feeling familiar to us all. Even though we may describe it in different ways — a bothered conscience, feeling culpable for an offense, or a sense of responsibility for a regretful action — guilt is a disconcerting emotion and one often hard to shake. It can feel like a dark shadow following us around, demanding we give it our attention and making it difficult to fully focus on anything or anyone else. Guilt disturbs our peace...

Making Room for Your Marriage

Down-sizing Your World & Up-sizing Your Spouse’s “By wisdom a house is built,and by understanding it is established;by knowledge the rooms are filledwith all precious and pleasant riches.”Proverbs 24:3-4 ESV My wife became desperate to find a way to get my attention, just seven years into our marriage. As Pamela recounts this difficult season, I was heavily involvement in my work (which I absolutely loved doing) and she was feeling quite overlooked and...

Improving Your Interest Rate

The Irresistible Power of a Great Question David could predict his daughter’s response. The daily dull ritual frustrated something deep within him. Picking up his twelve-year-old daughter at school every afternoon this caring dad wanted one thing – to simply engage his daughter in some meaningful conversation. Somehow, however, it was getting even more difficult to just get one started. “So, honey, how was your day today?”“O.K.”“Did you have a good day?”“Hmm. . ....