A Closer Walk: Too Soon Old ~ Too Late Smart

You know that old saying? Too soon old. Too late smart. (Yeah, that one.) Well, I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to be the guy that still, even with a head full of silver, isn’t… learning, growing, maturing, and getting wisdom. Yeah, all that good stuff! Since we all have only a…

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Never Losing The Light: Building A Servant

I am building you. These storms you’ve been through? All to build you… to make you a servant to be proud of. (Do My words surprise you?) They shouldn’t. Don’t you take a certain pride in watching your children grow through the things they struggle with? As they gain confidence (especially confidence in Me) don’t…

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A Closer Walk: Royally Ticked Off

Everywhere you go these days it’s hard not to run into someone who is royally ticked off about something. Whether it’s the guy sitting next to you in a waiting room, those constant talking-heads on the tube, or even the people in your own house… ANGER is everywhere.   I grew up in the sixties.…

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Never Losing The Light: Your Next Heartbeat

Child, do not cry out to Me as though you had to summon Me from some far off place. I am as near as your next heartbeat. The reason you don’t hear My footsteps running to your side, is because I am already here! Don’t look with your eyes… look with your heart. Don’t listen…

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Plucky Writer With Destined Purpose

C. S. Lewis said, “Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else. (Notice this means that if you are interested only in writing you will never be a writer, because you will have nothing to write about…) Writing is definitely not for sissies! But, if it is…

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A Closer Walk: The Excellence of Grace

No one is as hard on me as I am—and I do realize that some of that—is the way I was raised. My parents preached excellence to their kids. I remember constantly hearing as I was growing up,”That everything I do, should be done with a spirit of excellence.”   Always my folks would tell…

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Never Losing The Light: A Familiar Pirate Called Pain

Yes… you can. (Yes, you can.) You have made friends with this pirate. Your pain is an old and familiar comrade, that is all. Listen, remember friends who turned out not to be friends, after all? They had hidden agendas and motives and goals that you did not “see” in the beginning—remember? Well, your pain is…

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Psalm 64: Rest In The LORD The Battle Is His

“Listen to me… “The Lord says, ‘Don’t be afraid! Don’t be paralyzed by this mighty army! For the battle is not yours, but God’s! [2 Chronicles 20:15] I have learned that there are some battles you can’t win. Indeed, there are some battles you don’t want to win—not if you want to live a life…

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A Closer Walk: Leaning Into Freedom

It has taken me almost a lifetime to value weakness; to learn the strength of leaning and the freedom in surrender. (I’m not comfortable with leaning but not for the obvious reasons.) I have been accused of the sin of pride and in some cases it was true. (Don’t we all sometimes struggle with pride?)…

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Cleansing Stream ~ (New Song #12)

Oh Cleansing Stream how fresh and free, That flows and flows from Calvary’s tree. My Savior then! My Shepherd now! Come rescue me—oh Purity’s Stream. Unto Yourself, oh take me… hide, Forever ‘neath Your crystal tide. Wash my heart from lies and pain, Refresh… revive my soul again! ~~~ Oh Cleansing Stream… Come flow through me, Make…

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