Tag: Peace

  • “Grace, grace to it!”: a YouTube message

    “Grace, grace to it!”: a YouTube message

    A couple of weeks ago, I shared the message below with our congregation.  Many people have since approached me to tell me that they were encouraged and applied the word immediately to their lives.  That, of course, is the best news I could ever hear! Are you in a season that seems impossible? Are you […]

  • Open wounds: When the Hurt meets the Healer (Part 2)

    Continued from “Open Wounds: When the Hurt meets the Healer (Part 1)” Let’s review and expand on my Takeaways from my husband’s hand injury: Men – listen to your wives! I try not to be the “I told you so” wife, but for some reason, when it comes to the care of my family, my […]

  • Open wounds: When the Hurt meets the Healer (Part 1)

    “Cecily, we have to go to the hospital right NOW!” My husband, John, was standing in the doorway between the mudroom and the garage clutching his hand in a towel. He was still wearing his snow blowing gear and furry hat. It took me a few seconds to process what was happening. I had been […]

  • Falling: How we fall and how we get up (Part 2)

    Now let’s look at the fall. When I fell three years ago in my house, I fell so hard that my children who were in the basement came running up to see what happened. They said it sounded like something blew up in the house! The pain was immediate and the injuries were long lasting. […]

  • Falling: How we fall and how we get up (Part 1)

    I caught myself just in time. My foot started to slip out from under me as I walked to my car on our snowy driveway, but I managed to catch my balance before the slip turned ugly. I live in New England and winter here can often mean slipping and falling on ice and snow. […]

  • Workout your thought life!

    If I could stay in bed, sleep in and still stay fit, I would do it. While I enjoy the camaraderie of my workout classes, if I could avoid the intense exertion five out of seven mornings a week, I would totally do it! But because I enjoy being fit and keeping my weight and […]

  • What About Woundedness: How to Find Healing For Our Soul

    Life wounds every one of us. Disappointments, betrayal, our own mistakes, and the selfishness of others can leave deep and lasting wounds. Oftentimes, we think we have moved on from the situation that caused the wound and feel that time has healed it. It’s just water under the bridge. But underneath the scar tissue of […]

  • Don’t Quit: Keys to ‘keeping on’ when your drive seems broken(Part 1)

    I have a problem with a serious urge to quit when things are unraveling.  Or when the uphill trudge just goes on and on with no end in sight.  I assume that it’s tightly braided into my perfectionism and my need for relentless improvement.  One of my core values (my default personality) drives me to […]

  • Chain Breaker: Keys to breaking free from depression and anxiety (Part 2)

    (This is Part 2 of the message, Chain Breaker: Keys to overcoming depression and anxiety. See the last post for Part 1) God’s presence is our refuge. Psalm 62: 8 and 9 says, “Patiently wait for God alone, my soul! For He is the one who gives me confidence. He alone is my protector (my […]

  • Thought for the day: Holding unforgiveness against those who have hurt us is as self-destructive as drinking poison hoping that the other person will die.

    Thought for the day: Holding unforgiveness against those who have hurt us is as foolish and self-destructive as drinking poison hoping that the other person will die. Unforgiveness is a trap of the enemy based on legalism.  Legally, we have the right to hold people’s offenses against them.  We have the right be feel angry, […]

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