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Eileen Benthal

Eileen Benthal
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Eileen is a writer, speaker and wellness coach with a bachelor’s degree in theology from Franciscan University. She and her husband Steve live in Jamesport and have four young adult children. Email Eileen

Believe, because God has a plan

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Believing is a choice to persevere in the struggle and look beyond the dark clouds, searching for the silver lining and the starry night beyond.

The house that love built: a long-ago Christmas wish, fulfilled

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Eileen Benthal reflects on her longtime family home — and moving on: "God’s love endures and sustains us, especially when He asks us to get out of the boat, leave our home and take a walk of faith on the water."

The enlightenment of letting go

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Letting go of what I thought life should be means gratefully embracing what life really is.

In a storm-tossed life, we do better when we don’t look down at the waves

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Most of us waver between courage and fear, tossed about by waves of anxiety and difficulties of life that threaten my faith. Like Peter, we do better when we don’t look down at the waves and keep our eyes on Jesus.

Life on Purpose In these stormy times, rely on love

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Love. It’s small enough to fit into a pocket. It’s large enough to span the generations. It’s light enough to cause laughter and deep enough to penetrate the hardest of hearts.

Life on Purpose Signs from heaven above are all around us — we just need to believe and see

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I am looking up for feathers floating from the sky, for mourning doves and butterflies, and I’m listening for still, small voices whispering I love you’s in the summer breeze and singing songs from heaven.

Life on Purpose: Questioning God is not sinful — it helps us clarify His will

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It’s not a sin to question God — search the scriptures if you doubt...God wants us to question His plan and His ways.

Life on Purpose: Let God hold your heart in His hands and it will not be troubled

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“Do not let your hearts be troubled” specifically implies that we can choose the impact difficulties have on our hearts. Laugh, cry, sing, dance and breathe, believing God that there is no trouble in this world that will not be overcome.

Life on Purpose Recuperation teaches us the lessons of humility and patience

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Walking a mile in the shoes of a handicapped person teaches us the lessons in humility, patience and literally being grounded.

Mercy flows from taking time to view life through another’s eyes

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Mercy comes from walking a mile in another's shoes and seeing life from their perspective.