Never Losing the Light: Deserted You? Never!

Desert you? When have I ever deserted you? When have I ever left you alone in the storm? Yes, you’ve endured trial. Yes, you’ve endured trouble. And, you’ve had your share of disasters, I’ll grant you, but deserted? Never! I don’t desert My children. (You’re walking by sight again.) How can I possible get you…

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Never Losing the Light: Winter Waiting

Winter waiting is hard. (I know.) But it develops all of these: – above all, patience – then, composure – and, of course, endurance – steadiness – stability – trust. All aspects of waiting. Which ones do you think you can do without? Patience? (…hardly.) How about composure? (Have you ever seen a chicken without…

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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: Leaning Into Freedom

It has taken me almost a lifetime to value weakness; to learn the strength of leaning and the freedom in surrender. (I’m not comfortable with leaning but not for the obvious reasons.) I have been accused of the sin of pride and in some cases it was true. (Don’t we all sometimes struggle with pride?)…

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A Closer Walk: Tranquility Much Preferred

We all like those times of tranquility in life don’t we? When our lives are peaceful and all systems are “go.” I confess, l love those times. I’m not fond of trouble or chaos. (Nope, not my thing.) I’d prefer a life of lush green meadows and quiet still waters. It sounds so nice. I…

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A Closer Walk: Renunciation and Following Jesus

I have thought on the word “discipleship” a great deal in recent years. If I had to describe, in one word, this journey of mine it has all come down to the word: RENUNCIATION. The dictionary gives this simple definition of renunciation: abnegation, denial, forsaking, giving up, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-renunciation. Tough words. Sometimes painful. Always…

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Revelation on “Abiding In Christ” Andrew Murray

The following are quotes taken from the book, Abide In Christ, by Andrew Murray. They are FULL of revelation and instruction for course correction. “Christ Jesus said: “I am the Vine, ye are the branches.” In other words: “I, the living One who have so completely given myself to you, am the Vine. You cannot…

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A Closer Walk: The Idolatry of Approval

I never thought of family as an idol. I mean how could wanting your family’s love and approval be idolatry? For many years I longed to be loved and accepted by my family—but loved and accepted for myself. Unfortunately, it was that longing to be myself that created a great many of my family problems.…

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A Closer Walk: Victory Over Depression

I had been told for years that depression was simply part of my family’s DNA. I had accepted those statements as fact, without questioning, so the depression I was experiencing didn’t surprise me. Indeed, I had almost expected it. It was part of our family history, like some genetic trait that couldn’t be escaped; could…

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