God sees Our Desires and Failures

Monday, April 30, 2018

“In the spring at the time when kings go off to war, …. David remained in Jerusalem.” 2 Samuel 11:1 How can God seeing our struggle with our…

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Easter Reminds Us All Things Are Possible

Monday, March 19, 2018

I am pondering on my “possible” theme for 2018 and the pursuit of a Heavenly Father who makes all things possible. I think about how He beckons me…

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Transformative Community for Boys with Absent Fathers

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“You are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14 In October, I celebrated the power of community to transform the lives of boys with absent fathers at the…

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Letting Go of My Guilt

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Terri’s Story: I wasted 28 years allowing shame to control me. I hid myself in places I thought God wouldn’t see – outside the walls of my church,…

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Steps Toward Forgiveness

Friday, June 30, 2017

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one…

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Forgiveness is (often) a One-Way Street

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Col. 3:13 At Sacred Story…

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Forgiveness based on God’s Mercy or our Merit

Friday, June 16, 2017

“I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47 If I follow our culture’s…

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Making Peace with People Who Hurt You

Monday, June 12, 2017

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 I am a middle child; in fact, I cannot be…

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The Perils of Unforgiveness

Monday, June 5, 2017

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Mt. 5:44) I recently read an article about a woman named Shaynna who enterered…

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When Restorative Justice is not Possible

Monday, May 8, 2017

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24) I am grateful for the efforts that are happening today for victims and…

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Do Your Boundaries Love or Self-Protect?

Monday, April 10, 2017

“Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.” (Proverbs 10:12) “What is love? Baby don’t hurt me. Don’t hurt me. No more.” As I have been reflecting…

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Marriage: Bunny slopes and double blacks

Monday, March 20, 2017

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it…

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The Footsteps that Follow After

Friday, July 1, 2016

I fled Him down the nights and down the days I fled Him down the arches of the years I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways Of my…

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Saved By A Muffler

Monday, January 11, 2016

Kate’s Story: Shaking in the cold, my three brothers and I huddled under a discarded boat waiting for hours for the click of the lock on the door…

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Trumping Temptation

Thursday, August 13, 2015

“What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!” Rom 6:21 NIV Everything I am ashamed…

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Divorce Yourself

Friday, June 12, 2015

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Eph 4:30 NIV My catchphrase response to the word…

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The Unforgivable Sin

Monday, March 16, 2015

“And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” Mat 12:31 NIV What sin…

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Forgiving Each Other

Monday, March 9, 2015

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV), bold and italics mine Forgiving others doesn’t come…

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Knee-Jerk Reactions

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit…

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Hidden with Christ in God

Monday, February 9, 2015

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians…

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My Baby’s Name

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Christina’s* Story: I will never forget the buzz of the vacuum. Nor will I forget the insensitive nurse informing me, “this part shouldn’t hurt” as she forcefully pressed…

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Restore To Me

Monday, August 11, 2014

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from…

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Waiting For “I’m Sorry”

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rom 5:8 NIV “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God did not wait for “I’m…

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When a Loved One Walks Away

Monday, July 14, 2014

“It is not an enemy who taunts me—I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—I could have hidden from them. Instead, it…

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Who Calls You to Freedom?

Monday, March 10, 2014

You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for He is the one who called you…

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7 Reasons Why You Need Relationships

Monday, January 13, 2014

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.” 1 John 4:18, (NLT) I often find myself unsure of what to do when people hurt me….

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Suicide Impacted My Family

Monday, October 28, 2013

Elizabeth’s Story: I haven’t written about Matt in almost twenty years. My charming, gifted older cousin committed suicide when I was 22 and he was a young lawyer…

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My Childhood Chaos

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Elise’s* Story: My parents divorced when I was 6 and I have no memory of them together. My Mom, who had been a stay-at-home mom, was suddenly a…

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