A Closer Walk: The Kingdom Business of ABIDING

I wonder if I am in the church’s majority, or minority, when it comes to this Kingdom business of “abiding.” Does anyone else struggle with this as much as I do? I mean, I am really lousy at it. It doesn’t seem like it should be that tough, but if you’re a recovering (and I…

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Never Losing The Light: I Hear You

I hear you. (Yes… I do.) And, I will come, when the time is right. Remember Mary and Martha? They were in a storm, too. They didn’t understand, either. I want you to let go of this need to understand everything. It is the frightened child in you struggling for safety and a sense of…

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A Closer Walk: Tranquility Much Preferred

We all like those times of tranquility in life don’t we? When our lives are peaceful and all systems are “go.” I confess, l love those times. I’m not fond of trouble or chaos. (Nope, not my thing.) I’d prefer a life of lush green meadows and quiet still waters. It sounds so nice. I…

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Your Heavy Heart Made Light by Dorothy Valcercal Transformation Garden

This post by Dorothy Valcercal, Your Heavy Heart Made Light written for and posted on her website Transformation Garden, is one of the finest I have ever read on “the dark night of the soul.” Thank you Dorothy for reaching back with honesty and transparency to pull others into the Light.  —woundresser [the photos have been added by…

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Never Losing The Light: Silence, Storms and Stillness

My silence never seems so loud as it does in the storm, yes? (Yes.) But I have already told you, storms are for building your faith. Sometimes that requires silence… and waiting. I understand your fear. I understand your impatience, too. You think you are, too, weary. You think your faith will fail. But, I…

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Review on Chris Fabry’s Under A Cloudless Sky

Chris Fabry’s Under A Cloudless Sky is another one of those novels that take the reader back and forth, between past and present in Beulah Mountain, West Virginia. Beulah Mountain is a coal mining town with a dark and secret history as well as all the present dilemma’s that face today’s residents in coal mining communities across our…

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A Closer Walk: Looking At Loss Realistically

I am trying to become more pragmatic about loss; trying to see it more realistically. In our part of the world loss is treated with shock-n-awe headlines—fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, all banner headline-makers. But are we seeing loss realistically? And, more importantly, are we seeing it Biblically? I am beginning to wonder. Learning to let…

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Never Losing the Light: The Stormy Darkness

It is easy to fear in the stormy darkness… with your ship pitching wildly to and fro, and the dark waves rising far above, as the wind, and the waves lash at your face. Yes, in those circumstances anyone would fear. Your circumstances are wild, I’ll grant you that. Who would have believed things could…

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How Long Will You Forget Me?

How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need? Psalm 13:1 “I spoke of an Army on the point of entering an enemy’s territories. Answering the question as to the cause of delay: ‘Waiting for supplies.’ The answer might also have been: ‘Waiting…

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A Closer Walk: Essential Forgiveness vs. Optional Reconciliation

So many wounding’s in this life. For all of us. You cannot go far, even in the innocence of childhood, without feeling the knife. So we need to learn as early as possible forgiveness for the unkind words, rejections, disappointments… and worse. The trick as I see it, is remembering enough of your story so…

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