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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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Fifteen Self-Care Activities That Can Fit Into Anyone’s Schedule

Last week I wrote about the ministry of presence —presence with God, with ourselves, and with others. Self-care is a critical piece of living out the ministry of presence because we cannot effectively fulfill God’s call to love, serve, or care for others without it.  We’ve all heard the term before, but many people dismiss the idea of self-care because it seem too time-consuming, or just one more thing to add to our daily checklist.  

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When You’re Scattered and Longing For Something Different This Holiday Season

Scattered. 

 

The pieces of my heart and mind can become lost in a whirlwind of confusion this time of year. 

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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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Why Embracing Our Brokenness Is Necessary For Us To Be Whole

 

We equate wholeness with perfection, with having it all together, with success. Yet the meaning of wholeness is perhaps just the opposite.

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Because Our Stories Are More Powerful Than Our Shame

 

What is your story?

 

We all have one. You know, the story that contains the good, the bad, the ugly of our journey that has led us to today. The story that pressed in on us, that chipped away at us, that left us a little more bruised and a little less brave to step into our future.

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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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Is Rest The Forgotten Key To Your Emotional Wellbeing?

Rest. Typically not a word in my vocabulary.

 

I was coming up to the weeks before my vacation, barely hanging on by a thread. I didn’t even notice how tired I was. My body moved slowly, numbly in its predictable, mechanical motions of the day. Though I accomplished all of my responsibilities, it grew challenging to be present, much less to focus. I could hardly tell how cloudy my mind had become. How disconnected I felt. Unsteady.

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