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Mini devotions on the day to day issues, taking Bible study from information to application.

Keep the Heart Francie Taylor

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Mini devotions on the day to day issues, taking Bible study from information to application.

    The Empty Chair and Other Firsts of Grief

    The Empty Chair and Other Firsts of Grief

    Whenever we get to the holidays, there's always the chance that there will be people who are going through a season of firsts. These are the things that come up in life and are happening for the first time since a loved one's passing, like having an empty spot at the dining room table. It’s disorienting, and we may find ourselves feeling like we’d rather not celebrate.


    It's really hard to know what to do when you're going through something for the first time. It's kind of like being in a choir with a new piece of sheet music, and not knowing how to sing the song. Even if you are familiar with reading music, the first time through is rough. That's what it's like when you're going through a season of firsts because of changes in your life due to grief. Those firsts are unfamiliar and challenging.


    The empty chair at the dining room table is one of several adjustments when we are trying to learn how to live without someone that we've had in our world for so long that they’re woven into the fabric of our soul. There are birthdays, anniversaries, and even first-time medical challenges without our beloveds by our sides. Even if we were expecting their passing, there is an adjustment period that takes time and takes us through a transition that is stunning at times, and tender at others.


    This episode examines three things to consider when you're going through a season of firsts.


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    The Heavy Things We Carry

    The Heavy Things We Carry

    Do you have friends who would walk on hot pavement barefooted for you? I have been blessed with friends like that, and they help lift heavy loads in my life. Today's special episode is a perfect example of this. Veteran radio host, Janice Wolfe from Faith Music Radio is our guest podcaster today, covering for me while I'm out battling illness. Janice's inspiring show, eleven2one, airs on Faith Music Radio from 11am-1pm, Monday through Friday. You will hear a sample of Janice in this episode about "The Heavy Things We Carry." (It's so easy to listen to her deep and beautiful voice. It reminds me of butter melting on toast.)


    Do you realize we carry heavy things around every day? Heaviness is mentioned in both the Old and New Testament. Is there a way to lighten the load? The Bible gives us precise instructions on how to trade the weights that we carry for the much easier yoke of Christ. You'll want your journal to take notes during this encouraging episode. 


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    • 14 min
    Reducing Anxiety through Spiritual Exercises

    Reducing Anxiety through Spiritual Exercises

    Psalm 43:5 asks, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." It is helpful to know why we’re anxious, but even if we can’t figure out the source, God is still able to deliver us.


    Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines anxiety as "concern…respecting some event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness." The medical community also has this description: “Intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, and feeling tired may occur.”


    The American Psychological Association adds this to the mix of definitions: “Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.


    If you're thinking to yourself, “I don’t need a definition; I need a solution!” I hear you. These definitions were provided as a foundation to this episode, but I’m with you: knowing what it is that we're dealing with and doing something about it are two different things.


    If there is one good reason to go through various afflictions such as anxiety, it is so that we can become a caring, compassionate resource for others. My battle with anxiety began during my husband’s journey through cancer. The anxiety increased to hazardous levels within hours after my Norman’s passing, landing me in the emergency room with symptoms that mimicked a heart attack.


    I quietly wrestled with this beast for over a year, until the Lord revealed some things to my soul, little by little. These lessons became exercises for me that I still practice today. Please understand that dealing with anxiety does not have quick fixes, but there are some things that we can practice to help bring our emotions back out of the danger zone. I’ll share four spiritual exercises that I’ve found to be helpful in reducing anxiety. These are routines that I’ve learned from studying the Word and crying out for help in prayer. I hope they'll help you as well.


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    Three Common Reasons Why People Reject God

    Three Common Reasons Why People Reject God

    You probably know someone who used to claim to be a Christian, but now they say that they either don’t believe in God, or they will not discuss anything about Christianity or spiritual matters. Something happened for them to arrive at this spot. There are common reasons why people reject God, or say that they don’t believe in God. It’s actually a popular position today but it’s also very hazardous. We can’t change our minds after the final breath.


    It’s hard to watch friends and loved ones drifting away from God and the foundational principles of His Word. It is even more painful when those loved ones are close relatives, such as a spouse, a sibling, or adult children. If you are watching this happen to someone you love, you’ve probably also realized by now that you can’t make them turn around. That’s God’s territory. If we try to force change in someone else’s life, we may find ourselves being rejected as well. This shouldn’t make us angry. It should increase our compassion and resolve to pray without ceasing.


    The reasons people reject God are so many that if I did an episode with three points every week for a year, we wouldn’t even come close to covering them all. We’ll consider three common reasons, with a goal of inspiring listeners to consider a more careful and thoughtful approach to those who are trapped in unbelief. It is indeed a trap.


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    Handling Disagreements with Care

    Handling Disagreements with Care

    It is possible to handle disagreements lovingly, but we'll have to remember that we love the people with whom we have the disagreement! It's too easy to fall into the  "us against them" trap, leading to contentious disagreements that damage relationships.


    Anytime there are gatherings, there will also be multiple opportunities for disagreements. The old saying that you don’t discuss politics or religion at the dinner table needs a new category added: vaccinations. When I was a child and I would hear my Dad and Mom having a disagreement, if Mom kept adding to the list of transgressions Dad would say seven words: “You just want something to fuss about.” There are people today who qualify for that charge. They not only want something to fuss about; but they also expect you to agree with them or else you are most surely WRONG!


    When someone throws a baited hook at you in the form of a prickly statement, do you take the bait and jump into an argument, or do you use discretion and carefully consider your words before speaking? We may think that we must say something, but sometimes taking the bait leads to nothing but a war of words.


    This is way too big a topic to cover in a brief podcast, so we'll condense this down to four things that we can do to handle disagreements with tender loving care. Disagreements with are unavoidable. Arguments are avoidable.


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    • 14 min
    Why Me and Other Hard Questions

    Why Me and Other Hard Questions

    Have you ever had a time when something tragic or otherwise painful happened in a loved one’s life and they looked at you in shock and sadly asked, “Why me?” That’s a hard question, isn’t it? In fact, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned veteran to hardship and loss, it’s still a question that doesn’t have an easy answer. Sometimes we ask questions that cannot be answered fully on this side of Heaven.


    It used to be true that if you suffered something catastrophic, you were somewhat rare. People would flock to the side of a person when they received a sobering diagnosis or if someone in their family passed away. But now, with so much going on in our world, more people have been struck by hardships and grief than ever before. Has death accelerated, or is it just more noticeable because we’re keeping track of the numbers? That’s another question that has no easy answer, but this we do know, things have changed, and we have more questions than answers.


    This episode addresses three common questions that don’t have easy answers, followed by suggestions in how to rewrite them into prayer requests. The purpose of this exercise is to increase hope and confidence in God. He has not abandoned us, even if this season in life seems incredibly heavy. These suggested revisions of the hard questions are only designed to provide a way to view things from a more helpful angle. 


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Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

Canadian Mama Bear ,

A must listen!!

I always enjoy listening to the challenges Francie brings from God’s Word. I am blessed and challenged every time I turn it on! Thank you!!

ldueck ,

My favourite!

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy these devotionals...I look forward to each one!!

AshleyWall ,

Love!!

Very honest, practical, and encouraging lessons. Highly recommend to all my lady friends!

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