Dreamers Harvest Joy, Joy, Joy!

Those who sow their tears as seeds will reap a harvest with joyful shouts of glee. Psalm 126 I used to say, “I’ve cried enough dreamer’s tears in my life to float a battleship.” I did not think of tears as something good. I looked at my tears as shameful weakness. Something to do in private,…

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When God Won’t Budge

Have you ever had one of these days with God? Where you want something else? Where you say, “Anywhere, but here God…” and God won’t budge? (I’m having one of those days.) I want the landscape of my life to change into something else. Something new, something fresh, something… I don’t know—something, else. I’m complaining, of…

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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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Challenge of Jesus In A World of Brokenness

“What we are faced with in our culture is the post-Christian version of the doctrine of original sin: all human endeavor is radically flawed, and the journalists who take delight in pointing this out are simply telling over and over again the story of Genesis three as applied to today’s leaders, politicians, royalty and rock stars.…

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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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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: 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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Tiny Sparrow

A sparrow on mountain top far, far, away Turned its eyes to heaven and began to say Can you really see me God? Hear me when I pray? Will you reeeally come  –  watch over me today? ~~~ When God’s angels heard, “This foolish bird!” They gasped… and looked at God. Would wrath replace His…

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The Taste Of Tears

Tasting my own tears again. Thinking, “This is not how I would have done it.” How often God takes us a way we would not have gone— points to a path we would not have chosen. Dear Reader, have you often pondered the words: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways…

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A CLOSER WALK: The Valley of Tears

  The Valley of Baca is translated The Valley of Weeping and though I suppose it signifies a geographic place, I also think of this “valley of tears” as a soul-place. All of us will have those circumstances and events that will bring our soul’s into this sorrowful place. Loss is a part of life none…

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