Awkward Equals Brave and Beautiful

Awkward is the price of admission for authentic connection. It costs us; oh, how it does. It costs our pride and our desire to be seen as perfect and the comfort of our couches. I hope I’m always willing to pay it. The people who impress me most these days are not the ones on…

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Loving the Jive-walkin’ Smack-talkin’ Dudes

I have chosen him and I will tell everyone about the wonderful ways he rescues me. Psalm 73: 28 TLB Jesus can sure hand out some tough assignments! Like loving those jive-walkin’, smack-talkin’ dudes, that are perishing, and don’t even believe it. Man, it’s tough some days to “love” some folks! (You, too?) You know…

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My Best Friend and My Shepherd

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.     I always have more than enough.  He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.     His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.  That’s where he restores and revives my life.     He opens before me pathways to God’s…

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Waiting With A Hope-FULL Heart

Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help.  Psalm 27:14 NCV “Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.” ―Elisabeth Elliot My grandfather used to say that waiting on…

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A Closer Walk: Jar of Clay With Cross of Christ

Ever wonder why God gave us something as awesome as a new heart, the power of Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit, and then stuck all that great mightiness in this flawed and flimsy jar of clay? Why’d He do that? I mean, God could have fixed it so we’d never struggle again,…

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Never Losing The Light: Surrendering Memories

Surrendering memories is not easy, but no, I won’t TAKE your memories from you. You must CHOOSE to lay them down in surrender to Me. I have so much more for you—so much LIFE! But, you must surrender these things bringing death to your spirit; things like unforgivness, resentment, bitterness, anger, jealousy, envy—these are poison…

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“Answers From A Cross” (New Song #11)

In all this darkness there is a light, A song from God, sung in the “night.” “Where is God!” some men demand. “Where was His, mighty, omnipotent hand?”   Devastation from stormy blast… Stricken faces—still aghast. “Where is God…” their whispered plea. “Doesn’t He care? Doesn’t He see?” ~~~ “How could He care—and look away?”…

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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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Believing Is Not About The Outcome

I used to struggle a great deal about this believing business. Mostly because my expectations and outcomes didn’t always match up with what I was believing for. It is easy to say to someone, “You need to trust God.” Oh yes, that part is easy! But, if our trust is tied to our beliefs for a…

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