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How do I change?

Real Question: I struggle with the desire to do bad things. How do I change to desiring God?   Real Answer: Remember the story of Pinocchio? It’s about a puppet who wants to be a real boy, but he has to be good to do it. Yet, he fails repeatedly because there is something inside of him that has difficulty resisting temptation. Or how about Frodo struggling to destroy the One Ring of Power in Lord of the Rings. Frodo wants to do good, he desires to save the world, but he has difficulty resisting the ring’s evil pull. The…

The 10 R's for Replacing Lies with the Truth

The 10 Rs for Replacing Lies with the Truth

How do you define yourself? Is it by your possessions, accomplishments, or the way others perceive you? Do you  see yourself according to what I do? I am a student, friend, teacher, mother, etc. Do you define yourself by what you achieve? I’m an honor student, class president, homecoming queen, etc. Do you define yourself by what others say about you? I’m smart, pretty, ugly, funny, amazing, clumsy, annoying, etc. Do you define yourself according to your personality or temperament? I’m outgoing, shy, Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy, and Phlegmatic, etc. If you identify yourself by what you do then, you will…

Real Answers: What are different ways to show love?

Real Question: What are some different ways to show love?   A Twenty-Something’s Perspective . . . Courtney’s answer: There are many different ways to show love. The most common include physical touch, acts of service, quality time, gifts, and words of affirmation. I have been realizing that I often show love how I wish to receive love. While this isn’t bad, it is helpful to take a second to ask how your friend or significant other receives love. Just recently, I realized that my roommate feels most loved through acts of service. This is not my favorite way to…

The things of this world cannot compare . . .

How to Desire God Above All Else

The title of this post makes it seem like I have this all figured out. I don’t. I’m not going to pretend that I have it all together. I’m not going to pretend that my relationship with God isn’t a wrestle some days {most days maybe?}. As the days are added to my years and my years turn into seasons, I’ve come to realize the incredibly strong pull that this world has on God’s children. Those of us who are choosing to pursue a relationship with God . . . we can see the pull that this world has on…

Find Balance in Friendships

Conflict, Boundaries, and Learning to Find Balance in Friendships

When a friendship goes bad… Lindsey sat in the cafeteria expecting to have a normal lunch time with her favorite group of friends. But when Gabby stood up, faced Lindsey, and asked some other girls to join her side, the sandwich Lindsey had just finished eating turned to concrete in her stomach. The entire cafeteria tuned in, as Gabby read out loud a letter detailing Lindsey’s shortcomings as a person and why the two of them would no longer be friends. Gabby finished by stating that since Lindsey had so few friends, she would allow her to keep Tammy as a…

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