Everything Book, Struggle, Surrender

For the next several Monday’s I’ll be reflecting on thoughts stirred by reading Mary DeMuth’s upcoming book,Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus. Calling All People Pleasers Of course it would happen that I read chapters three and four in this particular moment of life. In the last month I’ve…

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Children, Faith, Surrender

She’s staring at me with her blue-gray eyes edging downward. The corners of her mouth tilt towards the floor as her bottom lip protrudes just a bit, in a natural pout. “I just can’t hear Him, Moooommy!” She moans the words and I feel the tears welling because I know exactly how she feels. I’ve…

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Dreams, Faith, Growth, Surrender, Trust

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. C.S. Lewis For to me, living means living for Christ, and to die is even better.  Philippians 1:21 NLT…

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Broken Body, Dreams, Faith, Giving Thanks, Grace, Growth, Struggle, Surrender

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” Brennan Manning “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 When I tucked him into bed the other night and said “I love you” his immediate response was…

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Hope, Struggle, Surrender

You blow in, in heavy-set clouds, darkness covers–a heavy blanket. Heat rises and the clouds flash white behind the black. We forget your power on a daily basis. The wind whips wild–branches and flagpoles snap. The earth groans and bends low whenever you move. For a few moments, you squeeze and huff out your might, and…

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Grace, Lent, Struggle, Surrender

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 My baby girls says her evening prayers on her face and the first time she laid low to do it, I knew God was showing me something. Only days into it, Lent pushed me to the floor, the…

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Five Minute Friday, Growth, Lent, Surrender

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3 I sensed it coming, the undoing that flattened me this lenten season. A necessary humbling, the discipline of a loving and gracious Father. Sometimes we hold too tightly to that which we ought not to have ever had. Saying ‘hello’…

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Grace, Growth, Lent, Living for Christ, Struggle, Surrender

 A commenter last week on my blog asked me if I had blogged my Lenten experience yet. The truth is, the lessons are still unraveling and the words have been knotted tight in a tangled ball, ideas looped too tightly together to break free–to make any sense. Today, little by little, it begins to unravel.…

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