"Every day that you don't read your Bible is a day that you're trying to live life in your own strength, and it's too hard for you.  The Bible is God talking to you!  Soak yourself in it." — Karen Jensen

How I Fell in Love with God

I’ve been a Christian for a quite a while. For years I taught the Word to both adults and kids when my first husband, Brent, and I started two churches in the Northwest. I knew God, I loved Him, and I was a “Word girl,” meaning I believed and practiced faith in the Bible.

But when Brent died without warning at age 37 and I was left to raise our teenage sons and pastor our church alone, something else happened. I often refer to that time as the worst of my life, but also the best of my life. Because I desperately pressed into God like never before – and I fell completely in love with Him.

The more time I spent with Him, the more I loved Him. And I began to understand that He has this kind of love for all of His children, you included. No matter how much you know that God loves you, there is always more to know. You will never plumb the depths of His love for you.

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4 Keys to Making Your Comeback

Every single one of us have had setbacks. We’ve had financial problems, health issues, loss, embarrassments, failures, and frustrations. The question isn’t really how many setbacks we’ve had, or who’s had the worst – the question is: how can we put a setback behind us and make a comeback?

When I was getting ready to write this blog, I searched on the internet for some great comeback stories, and there are many, both past and present -- from Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant to Kurt Warner and Robert Downey Jr.

But you know who has the best comeback story of all time? Jesus! I mean, think about it:  His life, death and resurrection literally changed the course of human history. He was guilty of no crime, only did good while on earth, yet He was betrayed and crucified. There is no greater setback than to be cruelly and unjustly killed.

But what a comeback! Three days later He rose from the grave! He scored the ultimate victory over death and sin. When it comes to emulating comeback stories, I want to emulate His, how about you? So how can we do that? Here are 4 keys...

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Supernatural Help to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

It’s that time of year again – New Year’s resolution time! For many of us that means dragging the exercise mat out from the back of the closet, clearing the hanging laundry off the treadmill, or buying that gym membership (again!) and getting down to the gym.

A lot of us make resolutions that involve getting healthier – whether we plan to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink more water and less soda, or whatever. 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I believe in New Year’s resolutions. I mean, for the most part, it seems like we only remember them for about a month, even those that aren’t about exercise and diet. Our intentions are usually good, but our resolutions don’t usually end up changing our lives. By August, most of us would be hard pressed to even remember what they were! 

But wait. The reason we make these resolutions year after year is because it’s a chance to start fresh, aim for a new goal, make a new plan. It’s a chance to make things better. So I say, let’s go for it. Here’s some help.

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7 Things You Think You Know About the Christmas Story

We humans are funny.  We like traditions.  And while some traditions are good, if they don’t line up with the Word of God, they can be downright dangerous.

If we believe and follow our traditions more than we believe and follow God’s Word, we’re in trouble. Jesus said it this way: You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition (Mark 7:7). Ouch!

Now, we like to think that ‘other people’ are the ones who have unscriptural traditions – certainly not us!  But most of us cling to some sort of belief that isn’t in the Bible, based on how we grew up, what we’ve been taught, etc.  I’ll give you an example.

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4 Things I Never Want to Do...Like Get Eaten by a Lion

There are plenty of things I never want to do in this life, but here are four I’m thinking about today: I never want to be audited by the IRS; I never (again) want to get a page boy haircut; I never want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a parachute; and I never want to get eaten by a lion.

Can I get an amen?

It’s that last one I want to talk about today.

The reason I even bring it up is because the Bible compares Satan to a roaring lion who is roaming around “seeking whom he may devour” – in other words, seeking who will be his lunch.

Now, notice it doesn’t say he will devour you; rather, it says that he may devour you. Satan only has the power to devour us when we give it to him. He is a defeated foe, and we have authority over him!

So who ends up being a lion’s lunch? It’s someone who is out of position, separated from the rest of the body. And I hate to tell you this, but that’s often the person who is offended or hurt.

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When Your Heart Has Been Broken

If anyone knows about having your heart broken, it’s Jesus.

He didn’t say, “Suck it up!” or “C’mon, get over it.” He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me…He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted” (Luke 4:18).

Jesus knows about your pain, and He knows exactly how to heal your broken heart! He is the only one who can fix it.

Often I meet people who are heartbroken, hurt, or bitterly disappointed, and it’s made them gun-shy. By that I mean that their heartbreak makes them guarded. They fear entering or maintaining relationships. They won’t reach out to people or move toward their dreams. They live in fear, behind walls they’ve erected to protect themselves.

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Why My Kids Never Believed in Santa

I’m not a killjoy. If you love Santa, believe in Santa, and want to perpetuate the myth that a jolly fat man dressed in red comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve to leave presents (at every house in the world, all at the same time) I am not here to take all that away from you. I promise.

It’s just that sometimes I meet young Christian parents who aren’t sure about it all. Should we tell our kids that Santa isn’t real, and ruin all the fun?  Or should we just go along with it, following the traditions that many of us grew up with. I mean, what does it hurt, right?

If you’re a die-hard Santa fan, you can stop reading right now and go read a story about him to your kids– it’s okay, really. We’re still friends, and I love you.

But if you’ve wavered or wondered about this particular topic, I have some thoughts to share with you.

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Six Tips if the Holidays Are Hard for You

It’s a well-known fact that not everyone has jolly holidays. Sometimes all the joy and celebrating can make us feel horrible – it seems like a mockery in the face of painful memories, lack, or loss that might be happening in our own life.

I get it. My mom died of cancer two days before Christmas, and my first husband died on New Year’s Day. Both happened years ago, but I remember the struggle, and I have a heart for yours. There are all sorts of things that can take away the joy of this season – loneliness, financial troubles, the pain of loss, the sharp contrast between your life and the Norman Rockwell portrayal all around you.

One thing I want you to know is that it won’t always be like this. The devil loves to tell us that things are always going to be this way, so you’ll feel hopeless. But he’s a liar! There will be times of joy, laughter, peace, and fun again in your life if you’ll keep believing. With Jesus, your future is bright! I promise!

Here are some practical tips that helped me when holidays were hard – things you can do to make it through...

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The Day I Found Out I Was Rich

For years, I was so broke I couldn’t afford to pay attention, much less all my bills. I worried about money all the time, and I never had enough. And this was when I was a Spirit-filled, Bible-believing, prosperity-confessing Christian!

Can I get a witness?  (Just keep smiling and no one will know it’s you...).

But then something changed. Finally, after years of studying the Word on the subject of God’s provision and abundance, it dropped into my spirit and I believed it. I tell you that so you won’t give up! The Word is true – keep feeding it into your spirit until you believe it. Here’s what I finally learned… 

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Change Is Coming!

When you read the title of this blog, you probably had one of two reactions – you either thought, “I hope so, I’m tired of the way things are, I need some change!” or you thought, “Oh no, not change again…what’s changing now?”

And of course, the answer is: something is always changing! If there’s anything constant in our lives, it’s change, right? There are times of delight and multiplication and joy, but there are also times of drought and hardship and toughing it out.

The thing is, this too shall pass. Whatever is happening in your life right now, and in the world around us, change is coming.

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God Knows How to Make It Up to You

Stuff happens. I wish it didn’t. I wish I could wrap you in cotton and put you in a closet and make sure nothing bad ever happens to you. But that’s not realistic, and what kind of life would that be anyway?

But here’s the deal. When rotten stuff happens, don’t get into a decrease or loss mentality. Because even though you might feel as though you’ve lost something (and we may all agree that you have), God is still a multiplication God. He knows how to get you from here back to increase and joy.

So when things are looking their worst, keep reminding yourself of who He is -- the God of increase, the God who multiplies. The devil may have stolen from you, but God knows how to make it up to you!

First John 4:4 says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” God your multiplier is greater than anything that has happened to you! The greatness of His power is toward you (Eph. 1:19), so don’t get your mind on what you’ve lost. Don’t settle for less than His best.

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Get Your Hopes Up!

I’ve met people who, either by their words or their actions, say, “Don’t get your hopes up.”

The logic behind that, I suppose, is that if you don’t get your hopes up, then you won’t be disappointed.

But that is a terrible way to live! It’s so much lower than the life God wants for His children.

Hope can be defined as “to desire with expectation of obtainment” and “to expect with confidence—trust.” That sounds like a better way to live than dialing back your expectations to nothing just to protect yourself.

I think God wants us to lift up our eyes and heart, and then begin to believe the best. I say get your hopes up as high as you can! One thing you can do to keep your hopes up is start using your God-given imagination to embrace all the possibilities He has for you.

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6 Supernatural Benefits You Don't Want to Live Without

You know what? God has given us an amazing, supernatural, empowering, life-altering gift that you don’t want to live another moment without. This powerful gift is a game-changer on every level. What is it, you ask? It’s praying in tongues!

I get so excited when talking about praying in tongues! It changed my life and it can change yours too – for the better. It's why I even have a teaching on the subject! (check it out here).

I want you to know about this wonderful gift of power from God and get excited about it! You do not want to go another day without these supernatural benefits. Here are 6 ways that praying in tongues can benefit you:

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One Thing Nobody Likes but Everybody Needs

I’ve met a lot of people whose lives aren’t going in the direction they want, but they don’t know why.

As I talk with them, they’ll tell me about someone who tried to help them — but they didn’t listen. They seem surprised by how their life is going. Yet it’s obvious that God sent people along the way to give them a clue.  

So what’s the deal? Well, I think it’s happened to all of us. We are trying to hear from God, make right decisions and live a life of purpose, then we run head on into the one thing that nobody likes but everybody needs. 

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