Kindness Is Compassionate Acceptance

Maybe our finest hours or greatest moments are not meant to be well known, but subtle, seemingly unnoticed acts of kindness felt by the souls we touch. —William Cory Stanley What do I mean by compassionate acceptance? Well, let’s begin by examining each word first. Google says COMPASSIONATE means: feeling or showing sympathy and concern for…

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The Least of These

And the King shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. —Jesus You know, sometimes as a writer, you are feeling so much in your heart, but you just can’t quite find…

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Tenderness, Grace and Grit

Jesus was the epitome of tenderness—this awe inspiring combination of grace and grit. He was never intimidated by His enemies, always seeking to comfort the next needy heart, yet He never wavered from teaching the uncompromised truth of God. The crowds followed Him everywhere, flocking after Him with their unending needs—but though the demands on…

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Suffering ~ Not Abandoned

You never come to your suffering empty-handed. You always drag a bag full of experiences, expectations, assumptions, perspectives, desires, intentions, and decisions into your suffering. What you think about yourself, life, God, and others will profoundly affect the way you interact with and respond to the difficulty that comes your way. This is why the writer…

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Crisscrossing Grace

I kept crisscrossing God’s grace for years without recognizing it for what it was. I didn’t believe God cared. I believed in bootstrapping effort. I believed in coincidental circumstances. I believed in a world where abandonment and rejection was the rule not the exception. But a God of loving grace? I couldn’t relate to the…

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Dreamers Harvest Joy, Joy, Joy!

Those who sow their tears as seeds will reap a harvest with joyful shouts of glee. Psalm 126 I used to say, “I’ve cried enough dreamer’s tears in my life to float a battleship.” I did not think of tears as something good. I looked at my tears as shameful weakness. Something to do in private,…

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A Tale of Two Emails

I stumbled to my laptop. “Might as well read my emails.” I thought. You see, I woke up this morning after one of those nights. Fitful sleep. A night filled with weary tossing and turning, in my mind—and in my heart. I was haunted by faces. Stony faces from yet one more encounter with folks…

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Life Trashed? Who Is Our God?

When your life gets trashed ask yourself, “Who is our God?” (It can change everything.) And I’ll give you a hint… Our God is the God who saves! I don’t care what your circumstance might be. God can change it. He can make it over into something beautiful. He can make you over. Chuck Swindoll…

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When God Won’t Budge

Have you ever had one of these days with God? Where you want something else? Where you say, “Anywhere, but here God…” and God won’t budge? (I’m having one of those days.) I want the landscape of my life to change into something else. Something new, something fresh, something… I don’t know—something, else. I’m complaining, of…

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Trashed To Treasured – Here Be Lions

“It’s not victory that makes a man. It’s his defeats.” ― Pierce Brown I see rays of brilliance in Mr. Brown’s writing. And he’s right, sometimes our life gets trashed! Unfortunately, while there are grains of truth in what he writes, there is a vast difference between standing on bedrock and standing on shifting sand.…

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