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Choose rest or have it chosen for you

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On a run toward the tail end while I huffed my way through a park and felt the sweat drip down my forehead, I chatted with God. The subject? A frenetic, crazy-busy life. It amazes me how deliberate I’ve been about paring down my life. And yet, even so, I find myself back in the place of utter busyness.

The Lord got my attention the way He often does–with bunnies. When I run, I almost always see a bunny hopping across my path. Often…

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Andi Ashworth: Folks, we’ve lost our connection to each other.

I had the privilege of meeting Andi Ashworth at Mount Hermon a year ago when her husband, recording artist Charlie Peacock, spoke to writers. They’ve helped pioneer Art House America, and now have a branch near me in Dallas! Lots of discussions and artsy interaction happens there, all in a Jesusy context.

Recently I picked up her sweet and amazing book, Real Love for Real Life. Definitely buy it. I’m still so surprised that it’s no longer in print.

In order to entice…

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From Pessimism to Optimism 1: I am happiest when …

I’ve worried whether I’d be a pessimist for the rest of my life. But, oddly, after our time in France, something paradoxical happened. I became strangely positive. But then I read the book Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, and took a little test that bothered my little paradigm. Even though I felt more optimistic, I really was a true pessimist.

Drat.

On a few points, I was moderately optimistic, tempered by a slew of “very pessimistic”s. These results, of course, result in more pessimism.

So I’m on a little quest this week about optimism….

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Am I wrong to whine about money? Probably.

I spoke to a friend who had something I’ve long wanted. I don’t covet what she has. I know we can’t afford it. I’m thankful she can have it. But instead of being quiet, I said out loud, “I’ve wanted one, but I can’t afford it.”

Those words have been swirling around in my head lately. Were they wrong? Right? Honest? Whiny? (more…)

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Greased, hairless, wrathful cat

I’m writing a spiritual warfare book, as many of you know. Although I have it mapped out and well researched, writing it has become much like trying to wrestle a greased, hairless, wrathful cat. Hairless because those type of cats just freak me out (as does the book). Greased because it’s not easy to grab onto them (and this subject). Wrathful because I would imagine a greased hairless cat would be mean and spiteful (hence how I’ve felt spiritually attacked during the writing of this book).

So would you pray for me as I try to…

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Leah Taylor’s Thin Place: Oh, snap! He ain’t here!

Welcome to the first Saturday installment of Share Your Thin Place Story at MaryDeMuth.com. Leah Taylor recounts her experience from this year’s She Speaks Conference. Take a minute to let her story encourage you then stop by her site, Leah Taylor Ministries, to say hi. Remember, if you have a Thin Place Story you’d like to share you can submit it here.
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“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer, from the end of the earth I call to you…



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Do women have an on/off switch for our busy brains?

As women, we carry so much. And not physically, though I’ve carried my share of babies, toddlers, hurting kids, etc. I’m talking about what’s inside our brains. Pretty much chaotic craziness. I truly don’t know how my hubby would survive without me. I hold so much in my database–bank statements, shot schedules, household chores, what’s for dinner, who needs to be ferried where and when, grocery lists, car maintenance schedules, clothes the kids need . . .

I’m tired writing it all down.

Do you ever feel like throwing your hands in the…

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Do women have an on/off switch for our busy brains?

As women, we carry so much. And not physically, though I’ve carried my share of babies, toddlers, hurting kids, etc. I’m talking about what’s inside our brains. Pretty much chaotic craziness. I truly don’t know how my hubby would survive without me. I hold so much in my database–bank statements, shot schedules, household chores, what’s for dinner, who needs to be ferried where and when, grocery lists, car maintenance schedules, clothes the kids need . . .

I’m tired writing it all down. (more…)

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Speaking Vs. Busy Family

I love to speak. Love to share what Jesus is doing in my heart and life. There was a time when I aggressively pursued speaking engagements, believing them to be my pathway to more book sales. While speaking is probably the best way to sell books, I soon got overwhelmed with travel and preparations. As a result, I’ve let go a bit.

Why? First because God has slowed me down, thankfully. (more…)

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Community: Idolizing, Experiencing Disillusionment, now Embracing?

We moved to France to plant a church. We knew we’d be having folks in our house all the time. We knew we’d be hosts. And all that turned out to be very true. For a long time, we reveled in community, but then it became messy. So messy that it strangled us. At the end of our first year on the mission field, counselors diagnosed us both…

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