Doin’ Fine!

Hey I’m okay–I’m doin’ fine! That is my story and my line. I don’t need you, when I’ve got me! I’m doin’ great, as you can see! I learned it young. It’s all I know. I’m all I’ve got! Life ain’t no rainbow. But in the dark, with none around; The tears they flow–without a…

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Hugging Porcupines

Hugging you takes some practice. So I’ll start out with a cactus. –Marilyn Singer (on hugging porcupines) Hugging porcupines ain’t easy! Neither is hugging your critics. And, may I add, hugging prickly Prodigals takes a heart full of Holy-Spirit-Love. Loving Prodigals is not easy for The Church. I don’t really understand why. They are our…

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Sail Away

When blackness gathers like the night; And skies are filled with jagged light; When thunder crashes; peals of doom. And stormy wind’s like nightmare’s broom… Sweep down across your world of right, And brush away what’s best and bright. And boat’s adrift; sails tossed and blown; In churning seas of boiling foam. Now compass gone–now…

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Carry On, Warrior Princess

People who need help sometimes look a lot like people who don’t need help. –Glennon Doyle Melton, Carry On, Warrior I never thought of myself as a Warrior Princess. Though I grew up in a warrior-household where it was every man for himself. We all had giant holes in our hearts but no one ever…

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Abandoning Ship!

“Dad, I’m not at all sure I can follow you any longer in your simple Christian faith’ stated the clergyman’s son when he returned from the university for holidays with a fledgling scholar’s assured arrogance. The father’s black eyes skewered his son, who was ‘lost,’ as C.S. Lewis put it ‘in the invincible ignorance of…

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Vulnerability, Clarity And The Light

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ―Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We…

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Keepin’ It Real: Prodigal Laments

Can we speak of laments—of “lost sheep” who get found—and of a prodigal who finds her way out of depression and hopelessness? Let’s you and me converse about Jesus; about genuine laments that lead us straight to God’s unhindered love. And while we’re at it? Is it okay if we also confront this lamentable truth:…

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Song For Natalie

My way forward is always about going deeper into God’s love for me. Deeper into God’s heart, deeper into union and communion with Him. I’m walking the road to claiming my identity as the Beloved of God. —Sharon Garlough Brown, Sensible Shoes “Wash me…” from the dust of dreams, Of sorrow’s song with iron bars…

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Journeying To Hope…

Journeying with Jesus is the journey from hopeless to hope-FULL. For one like me who had unsuccessfully battled with depression for years, this concept of being “full of hope” seemed to always be beyond my grasp. Therefore, I struggled to believe. How could so many wondrous promises from God actually be for one like me?…

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Blossoms In The Desert

“God takes everyone he loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden… The best gift of the desert is God’s presence… The protective love of the Shepherd gives me courage to face the interior journey.” ― Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God…

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