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  • Posts By: Diane Swan

    Self Preservation or Brave Determination?

    I have a natural tendency towards self preservation. I suppose we all do, it’s an inborn instinct with the design to prevent harm and ensure life. On the surface it doesn’t sound like a bad thing. We make choices, what appear to be wise choices, to keep ourselves safe. We drive carefully, we avoid dark alleys at night, we park in well-lit areas, and hopefully we follow laws meant to protect us. All wise choices, all done to play it safe. But what happens when our playing it safe mentality transfers to our spiritual walk and keeps us from experiencing the miraculous? One my favorite women in the Bible is the woman with the bleeding issue. For twelve years she suffered with prolonged bleeding, and although she spent all her money on physicians, none were able to heal her infirmity. At that time, because she was considered ritually unclean according
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    Side by Side

    “The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.” ~ Matthew Henry When the Lord created the heavens and the earth, He spoke everything into existence . . . except for Adam and Eve. Adam He formed from the dust of the ground, and breathed the breathe of life into him. While Eve was fashioned from the rib of Adam, and made to be forever at his side. I have read the story of creation time and time again and yet it wasn’t until this week did I see the significance in how she was formed. She was neither made to be
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    Do This in Remembrance of Me

    For the past few Easters, my two oldest children find nestled next to their Easter baskets, or tucked on a shelf in their rooms, a Chocolate Easter Bunny. They immediately know how it got there. They also know from whom it came. Every year, for as long as they can remember, their dad would give them a large Chocolate Easter Bunny. The bunny was typically one item of many, but as the smaller treats varied from year to year, the large chocolate bunny was a permanent, reoccurring present. Cadbury eggs, marshmallow peeps, and jelly beans may or may not have made an appearance in their baskets, but the bunny always remained a faithful fixture. After their father passed away, the holidays became yet another reminder of their great and intense loss. As a mom I frequently felt helpless, wishing desperately I could make it better . . . knowing deeply
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    The Breaking Point- Learning How to Return From the Edge

    Some days I feel like, “Am I ever going to get it right?” It was one of “those” weeks. The kind that starts out with stomach bug infected children spewing vomit for days, and ends with a mother spewing mounds of negativity onto her children. After a week of caring for sick kids, driving a long six hour trip to return our daughter back to college, and attending to the needs of six children while my husband worked out of town all week… when Thursday arrived I finally hit my breaking point. This mama was spent! I had diverged beyond the realm of tired, into the land of exhaustion where patience does not reside, and the queen of irritability reigns. Not a drop of energy was left within me. Not an ounce of patience. At this point, it was obvious I was in no shape to be of any good
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    The Perpetual Problem

    “I can’t believe I am dealing with this AGAIN! How many times do I have to go around the bend on this?” It had happened one too many times, and I finally reached my boiling point. A painful, perpetual problem continued to persist in my life and it was making me piping HOT! Year after year after year I had dealt with this agitating annoyance, only to find myself coming to the end of yet another year and this nagging nuisance remained never ending. The realization that this beast was back once more took me by surprise. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t expecting it, or maybe it was because I hated the thought of it accompanying me into 2017, but when it made its presence, I LOST IT! I’m just going to be real here ladies, I completely lost it. I had a minute of momentary madness. (Alright, truth
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    5 Tips for Simplifying Christmas

    I made a promise. I swore I wouldn’t do it again. I was so done with the Christmas crazies . . . crazy busy, crazy stressed, and crazy broke. By the time Christmas day made its arrival last year, I was so worn out I made myself sick. Sick enough I spent most of the day in my pajamas, laying on the couch, unable to truly enjoy this Holy Holiday. All of the preparation, the shopping, gift wrapping, decorating, and cookie baking, all done at the expense of my own physical health and mental sanity. The culmination of so many details building up to one day that I couldn’t even savor. Never again I swore. Never again will I stress myself out to that point. And as the Christmas season started to make its glorious appearance this year, a miracle has happened . . . I remembered this promise. I
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    When Sickness Wears You Down

    The worst part about being sick isn’t the wearing down of my body…it’s the wearing down of my mind. On healthy days my mind is sharper. It can see the enemy’s traps and tactics in advance. But on days I am sick, it’s like the back door of my mind is opened for the enemy to sneak right in with a whole bunch of crazy. The first thoughts that slip in under the radar are thoughts of being overwhelmed. Everything that could possibly need done over the next month comes crashing into my mind, creating a pile that appears impossible and screams the word NOW at me! If I had any clarity in the moment I would remind myself that the pile in fact does NOT need done now. I would see that I am surrounded by people willing to help. And most importantly I would know that I am
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