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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Women Who Move Mountains: Not The Status Quo!

Women Who Move Mountains kind of blew my doors off. I mean, if you’re looking for the status quo in books on prayer, this is NOT it.   Sue Detweiler has written a book with a fresh new approach to an old problem in the church—namely our prayerlessness! When I read a book on prayer, frankly…

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Abandoned Faith: Enlightening & Hopeful!

When you first look, Abandoned Faith is not a book you expect to be brimming with hopeful strategies. Yet that is exactly what this book delivers! It provides lots of facts with correlating interviews and surveys on millennial’s and the many problems they face. I don’t usually enjoy reading a book filled with lots of statistics. Yet as…

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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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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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The Gift

  Some things matter in this life. Many things don’t. Figuring out what does, and doesn’t, makes all the difference in how you finish. Many of us have had a rough start. We don’t have any control over that. But it’s how you finish that will tell your real story. How will you finish? We…

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