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Author Archives: Dr. Catherine

Have a Purpose for Living in the Now

Have a purpose for living in the now Carpe Diem Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May Live fully alive being mindful of the wonder in the present moment New experiences help us practice the presence of ‘now’ While on a
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When You Need the Holy Spirit and a Fresh Vision

We celebrate that ‘He is alive’, then the rest of the story is about daily living fully alive – embracing God’s story for each of us through the transforming life of His resurrection, His commissioning, and power of the Holy Spirit. During
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Salved – For Beauty Without Exception: Fifth Week of Lent

There are two scenes in the movie The Hunger Games when a character suffers a major leg wound that incapacitates them. Without spoiling the movie if you haven’t seen it, these dramatically deep wounds cause them to be vulnerable to
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Join in The Dance and Symphony of God: Fourth Week of Lent

Springtime burst open on us this week in America, as the ‘hope giver’ of renewal, rebirth, second chances and growth. ‘The Joyful Season’ of new life emerges in the midst of humility and brokenness. It’s the Church’s Springtime – an invitation to
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Encircle Brokenness with the Beauty of Love and Prayer: Third Week of Lent

  God’s love covers and encircles all our brokenness, our multitudes of sins. We humbly ask the Lord to search our hearts, to reveal our need for renewal. Then we sober up. We see broken Lenten intentions, the suffering of
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How Gratitude Leads to Spiritual Awakening: Second Week of Lent

Gratitude is a spiritual practice that awakens us to the beauty of how God’s love infuses our life.  When we savor good moments, appreciate the simple things, we are filled with a joy that washes over our envy, fears and
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First Week of Lent: One Beggar Sharing Bread with Another Beggar

First Week of Lent: One Beggar Sharing Bread With Another. The Lenten season is a great leveler, a holy intervention. We now journey through the ‘desert of our soul’ preparing for Spiritual Awakening, Sacred Soul Renewal. Our destination is the
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Why Beauty Matters for Balance Against Brokenness

Why Beauty Matters for Balance Against Brokenness Beauty will heal and save you. That’s the hope and message woven into the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter. God’s balance of beauty through love, goodness and redemption are His
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Discover Daily Joy (Part 2)

Is it possible to experience daily joy despite circumstances and natural disposition?  Can your brain, emotions, body and relationships be cultivated to naturally bring you more contentment and joy? One formula goes something like this. Life circumstances influence our happiness
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Discover the Daily Joy of Abundant, Vibrant Living (Part 1)

Living in the present means squarely accepting and responding to it as God’s moment for you now while it is called “today” rather than wishing it were yesterday or tomorrow. Evelyn Underhill I look over my goals and aspirations for
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Begin The Year with Fasting for Breakthrough and Blessing

I am beginning this year with a 21 day Daniel Fast for breakthrough and blessing starting January 9, 2012. I invite you to consider starting the New Year with a fast of your own. Fasting is one of the most
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Just Imagine – A New Year Full of Hope

Expectations are high and hopeful. What does the New Year hold? For a few days now we have been surrounded by celebrations reflecting on the past year with gratitude and welcoming in the New Year with hope and anticipation. The
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Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year

At a recent Christmas lunch with a few friends, we shared our heartfelt responses to the question – as Jesus ‘comes to you’ this Christmas, what is your deep longing to receive from Him?  Jesus came to earth as assurance
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5 Ways To Grow Deeper Roots For Stability During Storms

The foothill village where I live in the Los Angeles area was recently pummeled with Hurricane 2 category winds that left us in a state of emergency. I was out of town when it happened, but as I drove in
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Gratitude changes your attitude, changes your life

The practice of gratitude has amazing daily benefits, improving overall health and wellbeing in every aspect of life. Gratitude elevates, energizes and transforms. Considered the strongest predictor of life satisfaction, gratitude keeps us close to God, improves relationships and increases
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The Power of One Sentence to Change Your Life

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. Miguel de Cervantes How much do you remember of the last reading, sermon, teaching or speech you heard? What do you remember from all the bits and pieces of digital
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Words of Wisdom From the Legacy of My Father

Words of Wisdom From the Legacy of My Father My father Dr. Archibald Hart received the 25th Anniversary award for contribution in the field of Christian psychology last week at the AACC conference. www.aacc.net. Dad was honored along with several
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What do you want to know about Sex In Christian America?

The Hart Institute research team is preparing to launch a national study on current issues of Sex In Christian America. We appreciate your input. What questions would you suggest we ask? What are you curious to know? How can the
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What builds a flourishing marriage?

My husband Rick and I are celebrating our 25th Silver Jubilee Wedding Anniversary this week. A grand occasion that has included some festivities and reflection on how we got here, and what seems to matter most. Wondering how our brains
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How to change the story you tell yourself

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  John 10:27 What stories are you telling yourself about your life? I have been reflecting on stories I have been reading and hearing lately from books, movies,
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