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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Chapters Of Struggle

We say, “If I can’t do it right, I won’t do it at all!” No, before you get it right you’ll probably get it wrong. In every story of success there are chapters of struggle, but they are chapters of learning and growth. —Jentzen Franklin I wish, when I came back to the church (a returned…

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Never Losing the Light: View The Changes With A Smile

Child, I want you to begin to view the changes I bring with a smile. (These frowns… honestly!) You cry to Me for change, and then when it’s not the kind of change you envisioned… If you could see your face! My sweet child, what have I told you about “understanding”? (Of course you do…

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Never Losing the Light: Lost Treasure

To lose something you treasure does not mean I am not caring for you. On the contrary… As I have said, you cannot receive the new things I have for you, if you are not willing to let go of the old things you no longer need. (Do not think this is license for sin.)…

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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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Giving Thanks This Yuletide

When contemplating what to say, of poem, or prayer on Yuletide day. I went directly to my King. I said, “What message should I bring…” “… to carry burden—ease each heart—to lessen pain and hope restart? What words to make the weary sing?” He said, “Give thanks in EVERYTHING!” “In every thing?” was shocked reply.…

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A Closer Walk: Escape to An Awesome Savior!

I grew up with condemnation and criticism. It was well meant (sometimes) but still, it’s tough to breathe in that world. Tougher still, to grow into the decent and kind person, you want to be. All you can “think” in that atmosphere is, escape… I have to escape. Yeah, rejection is a powerful toxin—and verbal…

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A Closer Walk: Overcoming Dark Storms of Doubt

I was stunned at the size of the doubt-storms that were rolling across the landscape of my life. Suddenly I was being engulfed by dark clouds of questioning God, myself, what I believed about everything. It is easy to believe in a God of Love when everything in your life is rosy, but when things…

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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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