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4 Ways to Handle Friendship Hurt in a Healthy Way

“I AM SO MAD AT HER!” The tears in my daughter’s eyes told me she was more than mad. She was hurt. There’s not a female alive who hasn’t been hurt by a friend at least once. We might be 10, or 20, or 40, or 60, but it happens; a friend’s actions or words… Read More

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CruxGroups 2019/2020 Sign Ups!

Sign Ups for the 2019-2020 CruxGroups season are live! The deets: From September to May we will be meeting WEDNESDAY NIGHTS from 7:00-8:30pm to study God’s word, have a time of worship through music, hang with friends, and have some fun. We meet at Crossline Community Church (23331 Moulton Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653) in the Fellowship Center. What are CruxGroups? CruxGroups offer… Read More

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The #1 Struggle for Christians (do you know what it is?)

Today’s post is one of the most important I could share. Please read until the end. Share it with someone who needs the truth it contains. I’m pretty sure I know the single biggest issue Christians grapple with. How could I possibly know our biggest struggle? Because I’ve heard the same universal thread whispered by… Read More

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How to Talk to Your Kid, Teen or Young Adult About God

Several years ago a friend asked how she could broach the topic of God with her teenager. She was a new Christian, so church attendance hadn’t been part of their family routine, although her kids had joined her recent visits and liked it. Then, out of the blue, her eighth-grader complained that he no longer… Read More

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I Know I Should Confidently Trust, but HOW?

Congratulations Jody Landon!  You’re the winner of the book giveaway!  I know you’ll enjoy reading Exhale. ________________________________________________________________ I hate it when someone tells me I should do something without telling me how.  A “should” without a “how” is like a cake without the frosting–simply not worth having. When we know we should do something, but we don’t… Read More

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How to Handle a Plate of Trash (and BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!)

One unrealistic expectation can ignite a hundred unhealthy emotions. I know. I’ve lived it. Likely, so have you. Today two of my favorite author/speaker friends, (seriously, they’re great gals!) Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory, share their insights into the issue of expectations. As an added bonus, they are giving away a FREE copy of their… Read More

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How to Handle Stress Well (and what happens if we don’t)

My southern relatives had a saying I remember to this day: “She’s running like a house-a’fire”. Translation? That person never stops. It was not a compliment. Because they knew something we often forget: A house-a’fire eventually turns to ashes. We are a culture that runs like a house-a’fire; sometimes as a result of our choices,… Read More

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How to Have a Great Life: Wisdom from a 90 Year Old

What wisdom does a 90-year-old possess the rest of us wish we had, but don’t? God willing, many of us will find out someday, but my mother-in-law knows now. We celebrated her 90thbirthday this weekend. In honor of her birthday, I asked what she wanted. Her answer was pretty similar to how I suspect I’ll… Read More

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RESET Conference

    RESET. The best way to start a new school year. There are just times in life when we simply feel the need to reset.  For teens and families a new school year is an opportunity for a fresh start and RESET wants to equip you to have the best, healthiest year yet.  RESET is… Read More

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If You Feel Far from God (even a little)

Being married to a pastor comes with definite advantages. I can get my Bible questions answered at the drop of a hat, or receive godly counsel about how to handle a difficult person (hypothetically, of course–wink, wink) without making an appointment. These conversations usually take place while I make dinner and JP sits perched at… Read More

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Do You Notice the Cross?

If you walk through my house you’ll notice a variety of crosses scattered throughout. Not a ton–just enough that a casual observer would realize we are Christians. The crosses have become so familiar to me now, I hardly notice they are there. Until today. This morning I walked through our quiet rooms before everyone else… Read More

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The Single Biggest Sign of Spiritual Maturity (Do You Know What it Is?)

“You two are real Christians, aren’t you?” The question took JP and me by surprise. I mean, how do you answer a question like that? Behind the question laid an implication: some people aren’t real Christians. Or, at least, some people don’t seem like real Christians. JP and I eyed each other before we answered… Read More

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How to Read the Bible (and get something from it)

Do you ever think “I really should read the Bible” but don’t? Do you ever start reading the Bible, but get sidetracked, and stop?  Do you ever wonder why other people get oodles of insights from the Bible, while you get zilch? Do you ever read the Bible and find yourself…wait for it… Bored. You… Read More

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Ask This and Watch Your Relationships Change

One question can change a relationship. One question. And it’s not even a question you ask out loud. Want to know what it is? The gal perched in front of me droned on about the sad state of her life. She expressed her complaints not so much in words, but in whines. She oozed negativity.… Read More

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If God Knows My Need Right Now, Why Doesn’t He Meet it Right Now?

What do you need right now? Maybe a need comes to mind immediately. On the other hand, maybe you can’t think of anything. You’re one of those folks who would rather stick needles in your eye, than be labeled “needy”. Me, too. But there’s a difference between being a needy person and being a person… Read More

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Crux Hume Lake Summer Camp 2019

***ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! WE HAVE NO MORE SPOTS AVAILABLE, AND ARE ONLY ABLE TO OFFER A WAITLIST OPTION AT THIS TIME. IF YOU’D STILL LIKE TO COME TO CAMP SIGN UP ON THE WAITLIST TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT*** Crux!  Throw on those leather jackets & poodle skirts and get ready to… Read More

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Do This One Thing to Guarantee a Happy Valentine’s Day

You know what today is. And depending on your relationship status, you either love it or hate it. JP and I haven’t always been the greatest at celebrating Valentine’s Day. Case in point: one Valentine’s Day we celebrated with dinner and a movie–Silence of the Lambs. Thankfully, we still laugh about that one. The thing… Read More

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When You’re Sick of Being Discontent

My friend didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but it was impossible not to overhear the man next to her. Cell phone conversations are like that. The well-groomed stranger was clearly talking to his wife, and judging by how infrequently he spoke, it was pretty much a one-sided conversation. Then suddenly, the stranger said good-bye—at precisely the… Read More

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How Listening Right Can Make Your Relationships Right

How do you handle another person’s frustration, disappointment, or anger? It’s not always easy, is it? Last week our normally upbeat child found herself dealing with circumstances that left her frustrated and disappointed.  A verbal processor to the core, she shared her feelings with one of her friends.  Big mistake. Apparently the conversation hadn’t gone… Read More

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All the Benefits of Wisdom. None of the Heartaches of Pain

“The Bible demeans women”. Ever heard that?  I have. On many occasions. Whenever I hear someone speak these words, I know one thing for sure: they don’t know what’s inside the Bible. I had such fun writing this week’s article for Crosswalk.com called “11 Biblical Women We Can Learn From”, mainly because I uncovered so… Read More

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Are You a Gossip? (are you sure?)

  Years ago I worked with a gal who started countless conversations by saying, “I’m not one to gossip, but…” Her lack of awareness always made me giggle, because of course she was one to gossip. In fact, she was usually the first one to gossip. I tried everything under the sun to squelch the… Read More

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Praying to follow Jesus on mission

Praying to follow Jesus Matthew 9:35-38 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were…
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