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Heather Gemmen Wilson loves to laugh. She says, "Through all the circumstances of my life, I have gained more than I have lost ... and I'm not just talking weight." Heather is married to her best friend, Lawrence W. Wilson, a pastor, and they have a colorful blended family of...

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    • Thanks, Eden. It works for me too. (Of course, just as it’s hard to rewrite essays, it’s tough to enact these changes. Making a list makes it seem like it’s a simple checklist rather than a spiritual battle.)

  1. I love this! And I love how the Lord is being so faithful, as this spiritual improvements subject has been on my mind, particularly last night/this morning.

    I would add learn a memory verse each week.

    God bless

  2. I like what Leslie say about not being quick to judge but taking a second look.

    And giving the benefit of the doubt, knowing there is no loss, since pouring kindness onto a bad act is a pretty cool thing to do by the bible!

  3. I just re-read my post, and wanted to be sure to emphasize that good behavior is not what makes our spiritual life strong. All of those things above are important, but just as students need to have good content before they can revise sentences, so we need to have a strong relationship with the Lord before we can refine our character.

  4. Heather
    Thanks for writing this JUST FOR ME! I’m home from work today (sick) moping around with my whiney emotions & depressed attitude. I don’t feel well physically so maybe it’s compounding everything.
    I’m in need of a good “shaking” and your post did just that.
    I’m not completely sure why but I seem to be living in a state of bitterness & anger, regarding everything.

    I appreciate your wise words today.

  5. Oooh – what a great challenge to edit the soul! Thank you for the prompting questions! I might add:

    Am I leaving margin in my life for the unexpected that God brings, or are my plans the priority?

  6. That analogy brought out the geek in me – loved it! Such a great list, too. As with writing papers, it’s always much easier for me to spot mistakes that stand out as being undeniably wrong. But, sometimes there are those sentences, paragraphs, or ideas that aren’t necessarily wrong but need to be reworked from “good enough” to “best I can do”. It often slips my mind that I need to make many a conscious effort to make those edits in my life.

    My addition to that list would be to always make sure that I’m open to proofreading. No matter how many times I re-read my paper, someone who’s reading it for the first time may spot things that I’ve missed because I’ve become so accustomed to the words that I scan over them without looking in depth. I need to welcome proofreaders into my life without getting defensive.

  7. Love your list! I think maybe this list should be given to your freshman too! ; )

    I think the one that is calling my name is identifying my temptations.

    What a wise statement! Sometimes we think we KNOW our temptations because they’re the blaring red flags in our lives…but what about the silent and more quiet temptations. Those temptations that are sending us down the slippery slope instead of off the cliff?

    I am asking God to open my eyes and heart and reveal to me the “slippery slope” temptations today. 🙂

  8. Identify treasures of grace daily to spark a joyful spirit (naming 2 or 3 each day is very helpful).
    Thanks for the list and your encouraging words.

  9. Heather, these are all such wonderful ideas–what a magnificent list! Thanks so much for all the great ideas! Blessings!

  10. I’ve often thought lately that if I ask God’s help to take something out of my mind I have to be open for Him to replace it with something! Just that conscious awareness of taking the bad out and putting the good in helps me! Great words Heather!
    Blessings, Amy