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Hope’s Demise: A Parable

Hope’s Demise: A Parable

There was a day when Hope no longer answered the door when Pain came knocking. Pain was a persistent visitor who’d come calling every morning once Consciousness arose, opened the eyelids and filled the world with light. Often times, Pain brought his closest companions: Self Pity, Depression, Fear, Anger or Discouragement. On days when his […]

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The Best Way to Stretch Out

The Best Way to Stretch Out

Coffee has been rendered inoperative this morning. Even at higher doses, there is only so much a person can imbibe without crossing the line and fulfilling the definition of an “addict.” Nevertheless, after a few quick “dozes” through prayer, I opened the Word and found the Lord waiting. He didn’t mind the fog that permeated […]

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Disney’s Revelations Three Feet High

Disney’s Revelations Three Feet High

You know how little kids are. They can crack through any curmudgeon’s scowl when they use over-sized words or misapply vocabulary. Then, if it’s a pastor’s kid, Bible stories, interpretations of God and explanations of the world should be recorded for future laughs or blackmail when they get older. One morning, a conversation with my […]

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When Mother’s Day Hurts

When Mother’s Day Hurts

I stared over my mother’s shoulder as our newly bundled gift of grace lay silent and secure in his fleece green swaddle. Head covered in thick, black, baby-soft hair with cheeks pink and vibrant. Unintentional hues of spring greens filled the room seemingly applauding this life that was added surprisingly to us in our ending […]

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When the Father Raises Our Kids

Filed in Children, Parenting by on April 23, 2014 4 Comments
When the Father Raises Our Kids

As my arthritic thumb flicked through Instagram, I stopped and stared at a small collage of photos a friend posted of her children playing with neighbors. Little snapshots of giant grins and belly laughter I could hear through my screen. Tears welled up in my eyes. “Lord, I know I’ve complained in the past, but […]

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What is the Root Cause of Sickness and Pain?

Filed in Devotion, God's Love, Sin, Suffering by on April 8, 2014 4 Comments
What is the Root Cause of Sickness and Pain?

The last time I saw my general physician, I’d asked him, “Don’t you think there is something wrong that is causing all of these different chronic illnesses? Something you’re missing that’s the root cause?” Several years ago, internal inflammation entered my life and was addressed with a bandaid solution from apathetic health care. But bandaids […]

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“Losing It” Is Not Always Bad

Filed in Devotion, God's Love, Ministry, Uncategorized by on March 24, 2014 4 Comments
“Losing It” Is Not Always Bad

Midway into an hour long conversation, the Holy Spirit gently revealed the truth of crippling frustration for this young girl in ministry. Watery eye contact was replaced with the top of her head as she hunched over and hid beneath dark strands of shame. After a few minutes of silence, a whisper seeped out from […]

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Your Father Hates Fear

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 18, 2014 6 Comments
Your Father Hates Fear

Oh, the power of fear. Twenty-five years ago, it was as pervasive in my life as the air I breathed. It formed the welcome mat of every friendship, it was the vehicle that drove me to succeed, and it was the counterfeit glue that held me in bondage to all of life’s “nouns”. Then Jesus […]

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Praying for Chronic Possibilities

Filed in Encouragement, Prayer, Suffering by on February 9, 2014 6 Comments
Praying for Chronic Possibilities

A television in the far corner of the waiting room adequately occupied most of the people. The remainder thumb-punched their cell phones quietly. The weatherman said wind chill temperatures were dangerously below zero and echoed obligatory warnings that come with such a forecast. I looked out the window and watched a woman make her way […]

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A Deeper Healing by Joni E. Tada

Filed in Uncategorized by on January 24, 2014 1 Comment
A Deeper Healing by Joni E. Tada

   

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