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When Will Past Hurt and My Broken Responses To It Stop Stealing My Joy?

Bad crap happens to us. It hurts. We chose to NOT BELIEVE God’s solutions for our hurt.  We did our best, but the outcome was loss – financial, spiritual, relational, emotional. We realized something was wrong, but had no idea how to change or make different choices. Life crashed on. Other people’s lives don’t seem to have the cracks, bumps, and bruises that we do. We find ourselves comparing and feeling like something was stolen […]

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What to Do When Your Heart and Mind Tell You God Has Left the Building

How many times have you asked yourself where God is and was in your trials, pain, wounds? It seems as if a sovereign, loving, good God would be ready and willing to answer such prayers. But instead it feels as if God has left the building. You are standing alone in the middle of a scary and often intimidating world, where your prayers go unanswered and the echo of emptiness is deafening to your soul. […]

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Forgiveness is…

Today’s thoughts are on forgiveness. This is a very delicate subject in the life of an abuse survivor. So I wanted to explore it by turning it around and examining it from many perspectives. First, let’s define forgiveness itself. Forgiveness is the offer of willingly setting aside the just punishment someone is due for an offense or debt against you. When we look at the word of God, we see that forgiveness is often preceded […]

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50 Year Discoveries: Parenting

Throwing up as I barely made it to the bathroom to hit the toilet. My stomach was rolling and smells made it worse. I never get sick – not since flu in high school, so this had to mean I was pregnant. I bought a pregnancy test and sure enough I was. We called the parents and shared it with friends, found a doctor and started taking the prenatal vitamins, which I could not keep […]

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