Fighting Hard and Fighting Fair 1: We All Fight for Something

Fighting Hard and Fighting Fair Day 1- We All Fight for Something “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24, ESV) Marriage is hard. It’s also beautiful at times, but most of us can relate to challenging seasons in our relationship. And since challenges will come, we have to decide ahead of them what we are…

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Fret Not 7: Sunday Selah, “It Is Well With My Soul”

Fret Not Day 7 - Sunday Selah, “It Is Well With My Soul” (Story Behind the Song) Yesterday, we shared a hymn well known and loved by many. “It Is Well With My Soul” has such beautiful lyrics, but they were written after tragedy and loss, and such great loss that for many would lead to anxiety, fear, bitterness and fretful thoughts. Let me share a small window into Horatio Spafford’s story…

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Fret Not 6: Weekly Thoughts

Fret Not Day 6 - Weekly Thoughts From the beginning of the human race, anxiety and fear have plagued us, stealing our peace. When worries press in and lie heavy on our mind and body, a therapeutic approach to dealing with them is turning not only to God in prayer but also to music that speaks to our heart.  Brothers and sisters from past eras have sat down with pen and paper…

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Fret Not 5: Fight Stress with S.T.R.E.S.S.

Fret Not Day 5 - Fight Stress with S.T.R.E.S.S. "Lord, we don’t know what to do.” It had been the phrase on repeat over here at our house. In the midst of circumstances that were out of our control, coupled with a new surprise fork in the road we never saw coming, we were genuinely without answers. And it was causing a lot of stress. Interestingly—and providentially, in my opinion—while driving to…

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Fret Not 4: God Is in Control

Fret Not Day 4 - God Is in Control “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:27) I think you and I both know the obvious answer to this question: None of us. Not a single one of us can add any amount of time to our life by worrying. In fact, many studies and statistics have proven that worry and…

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Fret Not 3: Turn Worry Into Prayer

Fret Not Day 3 - Turn Worry Into Prayer How many times, over the past week, did it come to mind that there was an alternative to fretting, that there was a way to escape the nagging thoughts of despair and receive peace instead? I caught myself a number of times purposing to exchange my worry-filled thoughts with this little routine: …trust in the Lord …find someone for whom I can do…

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Fret Not 2: Worry Is Crippling

Fret Not Day 2 - Worry Is Crippling "Historians will probably call our era ‘the age of anxiety.’ Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.” —Billy Graham Who knew, when Billy Graham wrote these words in 1965, how true they would be so many years later? Actually, there is Someone. God knew. And because He knew, He gave us…

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Fret Not 1: “You Worry Too Much”

Fret Not Day 1 - “You Worry Too Much” “Fret not yourselves.” (Psalm 37:1, ESV) “You worry too much.” This was my daughter’s response to my voicing a concern over my youngest son’s driving a friend home in the snow. Said friend lives twenty minutes away… down a busy highway… and a backroad. Plus, it was dark. And did I mention it was snowing heavily?  “He doesn’t have that much experience driving…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 25: Sunday Selah, A Prayer for Help

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 25 - Sunday Selah, A Prayer for Help Dear Heavenly Father, please open our eyes and hearts to any unforgiveness we may be harboring, and give us the help of Your Spirit to make things right. We know Your heart in this and we desire to be people who are obedient and kind. Forgive our past unwillingness to correct relational issues that need addressing, and give us…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 24: A Song for Saturday, “Forgiven” by Sanctus Real

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 24 - A Song for Saturday, “Forgiven” by Sanctus Real Forgiven Well, the past is playing with my headAnd failure knocks me down againI'm reminded of the wrongThat I have said and doneAnd that devil just won’t let me forget [Chorus] In this lifeI know what I've beenBut here in your armsI know what I amI'm forgivenI'm forgivenAnd I don't have to carryThe weight of who I've…

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