Never Losing The Light: A Familiar Pirate Called Pain

Yes… you can. (Yes, you can.) You have made friends with this pirate. Your pain is an old and familiar comrade, that is all. Listen, remember friends who turned out not to be friends, after all? They had hidden agendas and motives and goals that you did not “see” in the beginning—remember? Well, your pain is…

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A Closer Walk: Hold On To Hope In The Dark

It’s hard to hold on to hope, when you’re waiting in the dark, doing daily combat with oppressing fears. Sometimes, you listen to sermons, you read the Bible, you fight “the dark” for all you’re worth—clutching for truth as if your life depends upon it—because it does. I have those days when I have a strong grip on hope.…

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A Closer Walk: Looking For Pain’s Logic

I could see the logic. I mean, there are awful things going on in the world… and there are Christians who are suffering… dying… everywhere. Where had I gotten the idea that the Bible taught I would always be kept safe from trouble? When I started to search the scriptures again, it painted an honest…

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Part 1: Is God Whispering Or Shouting?

Is God whispering your name? Is He? This storm you’re in—could it be that God isn’t whispering but actually shouting to you? It could be. It might be. I wonder. “Do heroes know when they are heroic? Rarely. Are historic moments acknowledged when they happen? You know the answer to that one. (If not, a…

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A Closer Walk: When God Asks Something Crazy

Why would God ask me to do something so crazy? I wanted to cry or wave my arms and scream at the unfairness of it all, but… Sing? It still amazes me how God will sometimes ask us to do the most extraordinary things at the most incredible times! I thought, “Sing? You’ve GOT to be…

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A Closer Walk: Where Do You Take Your Anger and Hurt?

What do you do when the One you trusted to always take care of you, always be there for you, let’s you down? Where do you take your anger and your hurt?   You realize you’re adrift, because the One you really need to talk to about everything, is the very One you are convinced has…

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Pain-Killer Laments

It all stopped working God… (What a dirty trick!)   For so long, these pain-killers did their job. I confess… I loved them! I loved the numb. I could breathe.   A little at least. Little seemed better than not at all, right?   Then one day they just stopped. Stopped doing their job!  …

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The Keys

To every broken heart He calls The young, the old, the great, the small If you will hear… just listen please He sees your heartaches; they are the keys ~~~ To all He wants to do for you Bring joy and peace; your hopes renew He wants to take your pain and loss And fashion…

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