Three Steps to Getting Rid of My Inner Wimp

You have probably heard the phrase, “I need to get in touch with my inner self.”  These days, I am trying to get out of touch with one aspect of my inner self…My Inner Wimp. Here I am, wrapping up one adventure, one phase of my life, and getting ready…

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Do Nothing From Selfishness…

Why do I do the things I do? If I were able to see a print out of my motivations over the last week, I am sure I would be shocked at how pervasive selfishness is in my thinking. If my eyes are glued to my own problems and plans, I will not truly see the needs and interests of others. It isn’t that I don’t want to–I really do care about other people. It is just that sometimes there doesn’t seem to be much brain-power left after I deal with myself and my stuff. Have you noticed that self-absorption is a consuming state of mind?

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Ever Catch Yourself Arguing with God?

Sometimes I catch myself reading a portion of Scripture with a bit of an argumentative attitude. Ever done that? When the words of God are shockingly different from our cultural mindset and worldly way of conducting life, it is easy to cross my arms and want to dig in my heels. When I don’t completely understand how or why, I can default to doubt or bossiness–just keeping it real here. I am humbled when I remember many situations when I have prayed about an issue in my life from the mindset that I know exactly how to fix it; I just need God to do it. It is easy for a desire to solve a problem to become an agenda, ever noticed that?

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One of the Family

Isn’t it great to be one of the family? There is a feeling of security when you know you belong . When you are part of the family, you know where you live…duh. You have a key to the door and you come right on in whenever you want to, because you live there. Right? When you are part of the family, you can help yourself to whatever is in the refrigerator (unless of course, your mom has but an “Eat this and you will Die!” note on the banana pudding. When you are one of the family, you can snuggle up on the couch and put your feet on the coffee table. You can relax because you know you belong. You know you are supposed to live there. You are loved and accepted, even if you are having a bad day and are feeling a little testy.

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Learning to Read Scripture as a Conversation with God

  How we do things matters.  Basic things cannot be skipped or ignored because they are important–that’s why they are basic!  Sometimes I am tempted to skip basic steps because I  want to get on to other things. Over the years God has taught me to read scripture as a conversation—it…

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