No One Lives Outside The Floodplain

Monday, September 25, 2017

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure…

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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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One’s Loss is Another’s Gain

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and…

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Tell Your Heart to Beat Again

Monday, May 9, 2016

One of my new favorite songs is “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” by Phillips, Craig and Dean. I can hear it over and over again. Each time…

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A Meth Pipe & A Bible

Friday, January 29, 2016

Jennifer’s Story: As a highly productive twenty something year old I had a house, a boat, lots of friends, a loving family, and a great job. Then in…

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Super Heroes

Monday, January 18, 2016

“We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 Hollywood is the birthplace of a $90B industry that sells…

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Loving an Abusive Person

Monday, August 17, 2015

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalm 14:1) In my…

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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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Mourning & Dancing

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A time to grieve and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:4 My father who affectionately called me “La La” growing up passed away fifteen years ago after a…

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Living with Longing

Monday, April 13, 2015

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11)…

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Hiding in a Dark Place

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lisa’s Story: Quite a few years ago I tried to hide from God while in a relationship I knew was wrong. John was a tall, athletic, good-looking college…

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One Piece of Candy

Thursday, June 12, 2014

One Piece of Candy Romans 8:6 “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” con•tent•ment [kuh n-tent-muh nt]…

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Loss of A Dream

Friday, May 30, 2014

“You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Ps. 18:28 Recently, three close friends faced the unexpected death of a parent. I…

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The Comfort Under the Comfort Food

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

During a chapter of loss, there is an obvious recipe for which we hunger:  comfort food – for our stomachs and our hearts.  Selecting a comfort food recipe…

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Even in the Gain

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Two and a half years ago, I got married at 43. For the first time. My new husband and I were going to the Friday night football game…

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Missing Mom

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.    Psalm 34:18 I just spent my 14th Mother’s Day without my mom.  It’s…

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Loss: Who Will Fill This Hole?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 Here I was again, facing a second devastating divorce, when my encourager said to me,…

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He is With You

Monday, May 12, 2014

“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and…

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Is God a Giver or a Taker?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21) When I think about loss, there is a sadness…

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Befriending Loss

Monday, May 5, 2014

“Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in…

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Finding My Security

Monday, October 28, 2013

Joye’s Story: My husband, Don, and I met and married in San Diego, CA in 1971. After our wedding, we moved to his small hometown of Borger in…

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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 Desire Became Consuming

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Jennifer’s Story: My husband and I went through three years of infertility before our twin boys were born. Before they turned a year, we started infertility treatments because…

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Sharing with My Sisters

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cathy’s* Story: I could never have imagined such a good gift from God would come to me and my sisters through one of my patients. When Laura contacted…

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Losing My Best Example

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Kathryn’s Story: As the baby girl of four children I always had a special relationship with my mom. Long after my siblings had left for college, I would…

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Lindsay’s Short Life

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Leslie’s Story: On May 24, 2009, we welcomed our second daughter, Lindsay, into this world but then three days later had to let her go into the arms…

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Racked with Despair

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Natalie’s Story: In December of 2012, my husband and I were very excited to find out we were expecting our second child. The pregnancy seemed to be going very…

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