Overwhelmed By Grace

Have you ever made a commitment, and then suddenly, you are overwhelmed by second thoughts, and a severe case of cold feet? When I came to my senses and realized that my life just couldn’t work without God, I made this contract with God. I would give God 100% of my life… my whole heart.…

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Brokenhearted Riffraff

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the suffering and afflicted. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, to announce liberty to captives, and to open the eyes of the blind. Isaiah 61:1 The LORD is drawn to the brokenhearted. Though…

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Revelation On Three Strands

The revelation of truth can only come through love. —Brian Simmons, I Hear His Whisper I really thought I had written my last post on this series. Then, suddenly, the Holy Spirit whispered something again, that He first whispered to me many years ago, “When you lose your love—you lose your way.” Just as suddenly,…

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Waterfall

“…the sweetness of grace and freedom comes hand in hand with the uncomfortable, bitter-rawness of honest emotions and grief.” ― Natalie Brenner Grief often comes like a waterfall. It can bury us in torrents of emotions, so powerful, so outside ourselves and beyond our control, that those torrents threaten to wash us out into a sea…

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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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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: Weary and Worn Mariner

Oh, Beloved, I see how weary you have become. You have warred a “good warfare” but there is a limit to all that body, mind, and spirit can take. Day (and especially) at night—your enemy mercilessly attacks. You wonder at your despair? You wonder, “Why hasn’t this changed yet? Where is my relief?”—yes? Yes. But…

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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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