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Want Pure Joy?

Want Pure Joy?

Want Pure Joy? Pure joy ahh . . . the warmth of sunshine, a stroll along a Jersey beach, sharing laughter with family and friends . . . What’s your pure joy? Taking a bubble bath, hiking a mountain, reading a good book? They all sound good. But, when I think of...
Changes & Transformation

Changes & Transformation

You’ve experienced change in your life right? Sometimes you want it. Other times it comes rudely barging in your front door. Change comes whether you’re actively searching for it for not . . . It can be scary. It’s vulnerable. The outcome is...
Useful Emotions

Useful Emotions

When her car stalled smack in the middle of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, she was not motivated to try moving it out of harms way, nor to put flares around it warning others of impending disaster. As Christians, we often think we should reject our negative emotions...
Useful Negative Emotions?

Useful Negative Emotions?

  As Christians, we often think we should reject our negative emotions because they are not helpful or godly. But, this is not true. Hanging onto negative emotions is not healthy, but being oblivious to them is not healthy either.   As...
You Want To Be Stronger

You Want To Be Stronger

You want to be stronger, braver, and more integrated. You want to be more whole right? I have good news. As you learn and apply Transformation Prayer Ministry to your life, you will become a stronger, braver, more integrated, and whole person. “Make every effort to...
Strangers No More

Strangers No More

Three strangers rapped on my kitchen door. It was about 9:00 am. Not knowing what they wanted, I cautiously opened the parsonage door and greeted them with a friendly, but inquisitive “hello”. Lela explained to me that her father, J.I. Thomas, was pastor of the...
Here’s Why I Was Angry

Here’s Why I Was Angry

I felt awkward for being angry.   Then (more quickly than usual) I realized the reason I was angry.   I thought my anger would put a boundary around me and keep his complaints from affecting me.   Little did I know I didn’t need a boundary.   Let me explain.  ...
Grip of Anger

Grip of Anger

  Ever get so absorbed in what you’re doing that you lose track of time?   Ever get totally lost in something new and interesting that you forget to feed your toads?   Maybe you even lose big chunks of days because you’re working on a particular project?  ...
Time to Make a Plan

Time to Make a Plan

It was one of the loneliest days of my life . . . The bus driver said it was the last stop and told me I had to get off. My little eight year old brain was a bit confused that day. The first day in my new school was really different. I loved my old school. Before my...
Loneliness Destroys

Loneliness Destroys

Awkward awareness shoots tingles down your spine as the words on her facebook post flash on the screen. Thrust into the midst of her raw pain and anger, intimate details bleed through her published words as if you are her bosom friend. Embarrassed for her as the...