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5 12, 2016

How to Fight Fair: 4 Tips to Limit the Nastiness in Your Arguments

By | December 5th, 2016|Guest Blogs, Relationships|1 Comment

It started as an honest complaint from your spouse. Thirty minutes later, with insults flung without care and voices raised, the inciting incident has been forgotten. Most of us have been in a fight that has spiraled out of control. But why? How do you stop it from happening again? Defensive behavior is a major [...]

28 11, 2016

How To Reveal The Real You

By | November 28th, 2016|Guest Blogs|6 Comments

We live in a world of masks. Have you noticed? Most of us keep our true feelings and circumstances hidden. Instead of portraying ourselves honestly, we project happy, smiling faces. We wear our bright eyes and “everything’s perfect” attitudes like a mask. Let me give you a few examples. You’re upset at your friend, but [...]

21 11, 2016

Self-awareness plays a role in discernment

By | November 21st, 2016|My Heart Journey, Revelations and Encounters|14 Comments

There comes a time when we awaken to the identity that God has given us as his children. This identity grows deeper as he takes us on a journey of greater self-awareness and intimacy with him. Why do I use the word self-awareness? I don't hold the view that self-awareness means selfish or prideful. In [...]

14 11, 2016

Practicing Patience – 8 Tips to help you wait for your breakthrough

By | November 14th, 2016|My Heart Journey|14 Comments

Patience. The dreaded P word in my life. Growing up, my mom would often say two things to me as a way of cultivating patience in her impatient daughter: Patience is virtue and virtue is grace. "Ailie remember one step at a time. In so many ways, my mom is an incredibly patient woman. I [...]

7 11, 2016

Fear of rejection limits God’s call on our lives

By | November 7th, 2016|My Heart Journey|22 Comments

I don't remember the exact time or date when God showed me the root cause of my need to be perfect and perform. In that moment, time seemed to stand still.  All I heard was his voice saying "you fear rejection". Truth penetrated into my spirit in one of those Ah Huh moments. Light flooded [...]

1 11, 2016

Love is messy and forgiveness keeps you going

By | November 1st, 2016|My Heart Journey, Relationships|8 Comments

It happened again. Someone said something in the wrong tone of voice and it resulted in a ripple effect of hurt feelings, anger, and disconnect. It didn't matter what was said, what mattered was that we got disconnected from each other because of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and a myriad of outside pressures jabbing away at our [...]

23 10, 2016

Self-doubt fades in the light of God’s truth

By | October 23rd, 2016|Revelations and Encounters|9 Comments

Saturday night is winding to a close. I have a few writing gigs to wrap up before I start my new temp job on Tuesday. I'm excited, nervous and afraid all at the same time. I've been staring at my laptop screen for the past hour wondering what to write. I started one post, then [...]

17 10, 2016

Whose responsibility is it? God’s or mine?

By | October 17th, 2016|My Heart Journey|9 Comments

Responsibility is defined by Dictionary.com as the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management. Sometimes I think that, as people, we are so used to taking on responsibility we've forgotten who is actually responsible. Our beautiful hearts have good intentions. After all, we are compassionate [...]

10 10, 2016

6 Ways to change your home’s spiritual atmosphere

By | October 10th, 2016|My Heart Journey, Revelations and Encounters|8 Comments

I couldn't figure it out. The boys were behaving highly disrespectful. The amount of high pitched shouting, screaming and talking that I have come to expect as normal when you have three boys in your home seemed to be extreme. Something was off. My husband was not in a great place either. Technology was failing [...]

26 09, 2016

Time with God in a busy life

By | September 26th, 2016|My Heart Journey|14 Comments

Living with a spouse who doesn't share your beliefs about God can often bring tension,  stress, uncertainty and a myriad of other emotions. In the midst of it all, God asks us to love unconditionally, lavish respect, and bring peace to our homes. Often this means we need to come to Jesus daily to drink [...]

22 09, 2016

Praying from rest

By | September 22nd, 2016|My Heart Journey, Revelations and Encounters|0 Comments

Prayer! How often do I pray for my husband? Is it ok to let go and let God? These thoughts have often ran laps through my mind as I have wrestled with knowing how to pray for my husband while resting in God. Prayer needs to come from a place of surrender and rest. Rest [...]

5 09, 2016

Small acts of kindness

By | September 5th, 2016|My Heart Journey|0 Comments

Beautiful colored ribbons and scarves waved around the front of our church hall. Young girls of all ages followed their mentor as they danced celebration and praise to Jesus yesterday during the worship service. My heart was moved speechless. What a beautiful celebration! You'd have thought I'd have reason to smile beaming smiles or have [...]

28 08, 2016

Fighting against doubt with faith

By | August 28th, 2016|My Heart Journey, Revelations and Encounters|4 Comments

Yeah, not yet in a weekly rhythm of blogging my heart journey. At some point, I hope it will stabilize. I'm not sure how to consistently blog my heart journey when I find myself often allowing God to continue the work he started before writing about it. So let me ask you your thoughts - [...]

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