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What Is a Sweet Smelling Aroma to God?

What Is a Sweet Aroma to God? Your aroma matters.   Advertising teaches it is shameful to have any body odor, so they have come up with a plethora of synthetic goods to fix us. If we buy their products, we avoid embarrassment by having no odor (except theirs).   I...

Don’t Let Your Brain Hold You Back: Open the Door to Possible

The New Year is filled with possibilities! You guessed it! New adventures and new opportunities to experience the goodness of the Lord await your discovery. Possibilities. Isn’t that an exciting word?! But did you know your brain may feel skeptical or even nervous...

What to Do When You Feel Lonely

Joseph was a victim of human trafficking who survived overwhelming adverse circumstances. He shows us what to do when you feel lonely.

Orphans and Street Children in Mongolia

Orphans and Street Children in Mongolia

God Has A Good Plan Years ago, I longed to go to Mongolia but the Lord never took me there. Mongolia is the second largest landlocked country in the world and is located between Russia and China. For 70 years the Soviets occupied the country but today Mongolia is a...

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7 Steps to Freedom Through Forgiveness

7 Steps to Freedom Through Forgiveness

Do you long for freedom? Freedom isn’t a given in life. If you don’t take active steps to overcome your chains, you will remain a slave to the past. Let’s look at 7 steps to freedom through forgiveness. When You Bury the Past “You stupid idiot. Can’t you do anything...

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You Don’t Have to Earn God’s Love

You Don’t Have to Earn God’s Love

The wonderful truth that took me years to learn is you don’t have to earn God’s love or forgiveness! Also, the Heavenly Father loves us to celebrate freedom. Did you know God likes numbers? He had Israel organize life into groups of 7. In the 49th year, which is 7...

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How You Can Experience Freedom From Curses

How You Can Experience Freedom From Curses

Words have power to bless or to curse others. The words you speak over yourself have the same power. Negative words bring limitations, insecurity, torment, illness, and even death. The joyful news is there is freedom from every curse.  Prepare to Die I was in seventh...

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How Servant Leadership Saved My Life

How Servant Leadership Saved My Life

When I was seven, I nearly drowned. As I wrote this story, I realized my brother exemplified servant leadership. Lea is my hero. His example teaches us how being present in the moment and envisaging the end result will help us move with thoughtfulness and clarity. The...

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A Love Letter to Hurting or Struggling Moms

A Love Letter to Hurting or Struggling Moms

Dear Mom, You may be a mom whose heart is breaking. You might struggle with exhaustion from caring for a mentally challenged, special needs, or very ill child. Perhaps you lost your child to death or your child was physically taken from you. Your anguish may be...

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How To Find a Secure Hope

How To Find a Secure Hope

In what do you place your hope? Perhaps it's success. A great career. Making a fortune. Being loved or having children. If it is something transient, you have placed your hope in something false that can crash and burn. In my thirties, I felt full of hope. Married,...

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Signs a Relationship is Becoming Toxic

Signs a Relationship is Becoming Toxic

If you are in a relationship where you're not accepted for who you are; you aren't treated with respect; your boundaries are ignored; you are being manipulated, mocked, humiliated, and even victimized – you need to know – the Lord doesn’t approve of what is happening....

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It’s Ok To Be Where You Are

It’s Ok To Be Where You Are

A Rescue Mission I want to share a secret.  For you to get unstuck or be set free from whatever is holding you in bondage – you have to learn to be where you are – in the moment. And being present, it is important to be able to open your mouth and ask for help when...

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Transformation: What It Is and Isn’t

Transformation: What It Is and Isn’t

Transformation Have you ever wondered what transformation is about? Or pondered why it has become the buzzword among life coaches and public speakers? In Latin, trans means across or through and forma means to form. To transform means there is change that cuts across...

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In Honor of True Friendship

In Honor of True Friendship

Loss of a True Friend On February 7th, 1979, my beloved child, Charissa died, a victim of SIDS. Since that day, many I loved have died. Tragically, the arch enemy cancer has stolen the lives of many of my friends and family, including my grandmother, Aunt Winnie, Aunt...

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When God Doesn’t Do What You Want

When God Doesn’t Do What You Want

Each morning I go outside with a cup of hot water and walk barefoot through the grass to a little hill facing the woods behind my home. In the bright morning light and fresh air, I talk with the Lord. One morning I heard a noise in the undergrowth in front of me....

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Bird in a Cage

Bird in a Cage

Depths of a Dungeon Sandy lay slumped against the dank wall in the dark cell, deep in a dungeon no one except her tormentor knew about. Her hair was straggly and tangled, her clothes torn and filthy, her heart irreparably broken. As she tried to change position, a...

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The Power of Trauma to Trap You In The Past

The Power of Trauma to Trap You In The Past

Trauma wields great power In the moment of impact – the impact of steel as a truck slammed into your car. The impact of a hand raised in violence. The impact of rape. The impact of early childhood trauma. The impact of any other type of violence leaves one powerless....

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Have You Given Yourself Permission to Grieve?

Have You Given Yourself Permission to Grieve?

The loss of a parent is the loss of the past. The loss of a spouse is the lost of the present. The loss of a child is the loss of the future. In your loss, have you experienced this to be true? As I got into the car the other day to go to the market, I heard the last...

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6 Topics. 6 Videos. 9 Minutes.

6 Topics. 6 Videos. 9 Minutes.

Questions Over the last week, I've shared videos to Facebook on hot topics. Because some of you aren't on social media, I wanted to make sure you also had access to this content!  I'm excited to share the videos with you, which were just uploaded to Vimeo. Each video...

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A Prayer for 2019 | Video Blog To Encourage You

A Prayer for 2019 | Video Blog To Encourage You

Blessings of Peace Just as Jesus stilled the turbulent Galilean sea, may the Lord quiet your heart. In the midst of the turbulence, may Jesus be your peace.  In this week's episode of 5 Minutes to Transformation, (which is under 3 minutes), I pray for you and speak a...

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Are You Stuck? My Top Tip for the New Year VLOG

Are You Stuck? My Top Tip for the New Year VLOG

Are You Feeling Stuck? If you’re wondering how to make 2019 great, you’ll love my top tip to start the New Year strong. This is my last blog for the year! I appreciate you for taking time to read or listen to what I share. The times you have also responded and shared...

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A Christmas Message | Video Blog

A Christmas Message | Video Blog

Dear Friend, Only 5 days until Christmas! Some of us love Christmas and experience great joy simply at the thought of that day. Others find it to be a lonely and difficult time of the year. No matter your situation or the struggles you face, may the wonder of Christ,...

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Do You Ever Engage in Imaginary Conversations?

Do You Ever Engage in Imaginary Conversations?

A World You Can Control Do you ever engage in imaginary conversations where you become a victim? I am sure you will quickly answer no. But if you are like most of humanity, then you regularly engage in such conversations. You know. The kind where you were walking down...

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You Can Break the Cycle of Abuse

You Can Break the Cycle of Abuse

Break the Cycle of Abuse If you have been victimized, you don’t believe you are worthy of respect. You probably don’t even respect yourself. This leads to a fairy tale mindset where you imagine scenarios where someone comes and rescues you. Living in your imagination...

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How To Overcome Perfectionism

How To Overcome Perfectionism

Perfect You don’t have to be perfect. I know you don’t believe me. I didn’t believe it either. That was before I learned how to overcome perfectionism. As a child I desperately tried to be perfect. Longing for affirmation, I modeled my behavior by what I had heard...

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How To Overcome Your Past and Find Healing

How To Overcome Your Past and Find Healing

Scarred Do you have a scar on your body you hate? Or an emotional scar you hide? We tend to hide our scars, but scars are a normal part of life. We all have at least one. Scars indicate an engagement where we were wounded. There should be no shame in having scars. The...

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Jonathan Edwards Book Review

Jonathan Edwards Book Review

Years ago I was introduced to Jonathan Edwards when a young man quoted from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. My internal safety system went on high alert for I believed God was an angry, cruel old man up in the skies longing to catch someone – especially me –...

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How to Set Boundaries for Godly Sexuality

How to Set Boundaries for Godly Sexuality

God wired us for sex. He wired us to find pleasure in it! If you are human, you were created to find pleasure in sex. Juxtaposed with pleasure, God established boundaries for the expression of sexual needs and desires within healthy relationships. Sex is to be between...

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As a trauma survivor, Barbara finds joy in helping people experience healing and spiritual restoration.

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