Broken Prayers for Tidal Waves

There is just no preparation for sudden loss. It feels like a tidal wave engulfs you. And while I was thankful, for all the cards and books I received from friends, there was one book, that literally saved me. Riches Stored In Secret Places, by Verdell Davis, reached down into that ocean of darkness, and…

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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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Your Heavy Heart Made Light by Dorothy Valcercal Transformation Garden

This post by Dorothy Valcercal, Your Heavy Heart Made Light written for and posted on her website Transformation Garden, is one of the finest I have ever read on “the dark night of the soul.” Thank you Dorothy for reaching back with honesty and transparency to pull others into the Light.  —woundresser [the photos have been added by…

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A Closer Walk: Looking At Loss Realistically

I am trying to become more pragmatic about loss; trying to see it more realistically. In our part of the world loss is treated with shock-n-awe headlines—fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, all banner headline-makers. But are we seeing loss realistically? And, more importantly, are we seeing it Biblically? I am beginning to wonder. Learning to let…

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A Closer Walk: In My Suffering Just Give Me Jesus

The God-given-value of suffering is not a very popular subject, is it? I remember once, when I was the editor of the newsletter for my church’s Women’s Ministry, I submitted some samples for a series of articles on the subject of suffering. I wanted to use much of Isaiah and Jeremiah’s writing as an encouragement…

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A Closer Walk: Redeeming Lamentations and Grief

I have tread the stony paths of grief more than once in my life. Can I confess, again? I never saw any redeeming value in these paths until very recently. Grief to me was always something to be avoided at best, or impatiently endured; gutting it out at it’s worst. I wanted to move swiftly through…

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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: 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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In The Shadow Lands Of Our Story

I am a movie lover. Or, perhaps it would be more appropriate to say, “I am a story-lover.” Movies, books, it doesn’t matter—I LOVE a great story. Think about all of your favorite stories. They all have certain things in common, don’t they? Good guys and bad guys, disasters with all kinds of potential (if not…

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