Take Me to your foolishness!

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Yesterday I felt icky and “ugh” emotionally.  I know; great description from someone who works with words every day…  😉  But I was dealing with changes and losses, and I felt the tears pushing their way to the surface.  I did not want to go there, especially at work.  Inwardly, I cried out to God … Read More


What if we removed the mask?

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“Hi! How are you?” “Fine, thank you.” Nothing could be farther from the truth!  And both speakers intuitively know it. But who really wants to know how you’re doing?  Twenty-first century living doesn’t seem to lend itself to genuine disclosure.  It just takes up too much time, and it gets … complicated.  Or does it? … Read More


When groaning ends

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Ever wonder when the groaning will stop?   I don’t just mean the audible groans from physical pain.  Or the groans that emerge from viewing the carnage of tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombing.  Not even the inward groan that forces its way out in the shape of a heart-bending sigh as we dwell … Read More


In praise of “praise pauses”

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I love it when God gets up in my face and confronts my spiritual lethargy! I was complaining about how lackluster my spiritual life had become, and the Holy Spirit pointed out that the spirit of praise and thanksgiving in my life had petered out.  I couldn’t–and wouldn’t–even try to argue with Him.  Knowing the … Read More


Diary of an un-wimpy Christian

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A friend sent me an e-mail yesterday that moved me deeply and challenged  my faith.  In it, she shared how the 12 apostles died.  It was not information for the faint of heart.  To share just a few of their fates: Matthew was killed by the sword in Ethiopia. Mark was dragged by horses through the … Read More


The blessing of obedience

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Happy Easter, everyone!  I know; I’m a bit early…  😆  It’s just that I really love Easter (yes, even more than Christmas!)  Consider the empty tomb!  He truly is risen. Well, I’ve been guest posting over at Gospel Fit for their Lenten Challenge, thanks to my friend Gillian at Fitnessbuster who kindly extended an invitation to … Read More


Battle of the but

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God is bigger than your but. Hey, keep your minds elevated!  There was one “t” in the last word of that very first sentence.  So yes, God is bigger than your but, no matter the form it takes.  Big, small, overpowering, underwhelming–to God, it’s no big whoop. The thing is, our buts tend to be … Read More


Unchained

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I’m always amazed at how God will let events converge so that I can be unchained from the not-so-necessary and so be able to receive from Him what is truly necessary.  His patience with and grace toward me are priceless! I’m a Type A (mostly), so whether it’s relationships, work, play, health, or social media, … Read More


Why “hidden work” matters

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I’ve never liked the limelight.  I’ve always considered myself a behind-the-scenes person whose “hidden work” benefited those who stood out front and received the adulation. Well, I can always depend on God to challenge my self-perception and teach me some life lessons in the process. I’ve been noticing that He keeps placing me among people … Read More


Self-control in the season of spending

I’ve been debating whether this is the right time for last week’s post, and this one.  This is Christmas time.   Who wants to hear about stillness and self-control at this time of year?  Sounds almost Grinch-like, eh?  Oh, what the heck!  Here goes.  If nothing else, I’ll preach to myself. I got my credit … Read More