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My Prayer for 2019 – How To Hope For Things That Feel Hopeless

It was that dreaded sound —the sound of hope giving way to defeat. The ache right in the center of your chest when a dream flies away before your eyes and no amount of chasing can bring it back within your grasp.  

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Three Ways To Reject Entitlement and Reclaim a Heart of Abundance

I’ve never seen barns so full while hearts are so empty.  Never believed one could have everything and nothing at the same time. Yet they do.  We do.

 

Scarcity is all around us. In the middle of a field of crops so big and wide and deep, souls everywhere are starving, empty, hopeless. 

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When You’re In The Deep And You’re Too Blind To See Anything But The Storm

My eyesight is bad, really bad.

My husband once asked me to identify the smallest letter I could read on the doctor’s eye chart. What chart?I asked as he stood in the darkened office pointing at a fuzzy light reflecting dimly on the opposite wall.

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For the Weary and Wounded, There is Always Room in the House Called Mercy

His eyes were piercing. As we sat down, he began to tell me his story —of growing up in a small town in east Texas, of doing meth, dealing meth, of living life in the darkness of racism that hung as a heavy shadow over his Aryan community.

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Finding Your Purpose and Your Place As a Martha Girl

I’ve always felt a little ashamed of being a Martha.  Recognizing the deep satisfaction in my hideous to-do lists, my overwhelming love of busywork, of checking things off as done, I always felt a slight tinge of guilt, like I was slightly less than Mary, subtly less mature, less Christian, less like Jesus wanted me.

 

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Why Christians Need To Talk More About Sex

 

Crickets. Silence.  An awkward hush.

 

That’s the sound heard among many groups in the church when the subject of sex surfaces.

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My Prayer For New Things and New Dreams In 2018

Revelation 21:5 (ESV) And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

 

Sometimes it is the hardest thing to stay as clay, soft and supple. Sometimes the cold is so bitter the safest thing to do is to bury wounds deep enough we never have to risk them seeing the light of day, of being exposed.

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Merry Christmas!!!

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When You Feel Soul-Weary and Saddle-Worn On Your Journey To The Manger

Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)

 

It happens sometimes. Most years Christmas is a time of joy, filled with decorations and celebrations, gatherings and festivities.  Still, there are some years my journey to the manger feels more lonely, more overwhelmed, more soul-weary, and saddle-worn than I could have imagined.

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How To Find Thanksgiving In The Middle Of Your Pain

It was a routine procedure. Nothing to worry about.

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