A Closer Walk: A Heart Overhaul

In his book, The Surprising Grace of Disappointment: Finding Hope When God Seems To Fail Us, John Koessler writes, “The construction of the spiritual life requires as much tearing down as building up.” I was beginning to see that, because one truth I was definitely starting to grasp… I needed to step back, and take…

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A Closer Walk: Good News Daughter

I am a daughter who loved her dad. But here’s the thing. My Father was not good at expressing his feelings or the things that really mattered to him, and that deeply affected our relationship, and how we related to one another. Unfortunately, for both of us, because my dad had a dysfunctional relationship with his parents, there wasn’t anything in…

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A Closer Walk: Who Do You See In Your Mirror?

Who do you see in your mirror because how we see ourselves is crucial to advancing the Kingdom of God. I struggled for years with the image of “conqueror” or “overcomer” because of my early experiences with abandonment. What my head knew, was frequently at odds, with what my heart felt. It’s all very well…

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A Closer Walk: Is This Abundant?

I sat in my ashes each day thinking, “Is this what God calls abundant?” I really wanted to experience the abundant life Jesus spoke of, but how in the world was I supposed to look at the shambles my life had become, and see it as abundance? I was raised believing in a God who was…

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A Closer Walk: Sometimes You Need A Real Friend

We have all encountered Job’s “friends.” You know, those would-be comforters with their Biblical counsel that cuts like a knife. But sometimes you need a real friend, like it or not.   I’m not talking about the, “Hey, how the heck are you?” kind of friend you see once in a blue moon. No, I’m…

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A Closer Walk: That First Faint Whisper

I remember after my accident the first faint whisper God spoke. I sat every day in the ashes of my burned-down-life, not sure if I even wanted to recover from all the devastation I saw. A weariness had enveloped me that was beyond anything I had ever experienced before. That place, right in the middle of…

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The Warrior

NEW SONG #7 Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Song of Solomon 8:5 (verse 1) Oh, Abba! What words can I write To sing new songs of sweetest praise? To tell of victories in the night And how a victor’s shout is raised? Who is this? Her brow so…

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Make Mine Broken!

We don’t all view BROKEN the same way, do we? I think it might be difficult for some of us to connect to those we consider BROKEN if we have experienced “breaking” in only minor or irritating ways. For instance, if you are pitching a fit because you just broke another nail? Trust me. You…

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Called To This?

I have not been “called” to this. The easy chair. (Or the easy crowd.) Though I confess? (There are days I wish I were.) Simply put God has called me to the Prodigal-Church. Yeah, you know. The ones referred to as: The Messy-misfits. The Raucous-runaways. The Wrecked and Wounded. The ones who have heard it…

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Inconvenient Truth

I used to ask God, “Why?” I rarely got any sort of an answer so I stopped asking. (But I confess, I never stopped wondering.) I’ve heard good Christians tell me that “THE Answer” was that I had to learn to live with all my unanswered questions. (That didn’t help much either.) I don’t believe…

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