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The Craving To Be “Normal”

As you go through each day, do you ever observe the ease with which others do what you find extremely hard to do – like marriage, parenting, conversations, work? When they speak of the intimacy in their marriage and the closeness with their husbands they have and enjoy, are you jealous? When you see the patience with which they parent a screaming child or handle a disagreement, are you envious? When others are able to […]

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Patience is a Hard Word

Patience is a hard word. It is hard to grasp God’s patience in the midst of us being broken by other broken people. Why does He wait? Why does He tolerate sin? Why doesn’t He crush rebellion immediately? The answers have much to do with what we have already explored about God. He is holy and does not excuse our sin or other’s sin. He is not powerless to save, rescue, or punish – look […]

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His Peace for Your Storm

Peace. Is Not… …the absence of conflict …something gotten by always agreeing …gotten by sweeping the truth under the carpet …found in people, things, or places on earth …where rainbows and fairy tales and princes on white horses rescue their princesses …where only sunny days, mountain views, or bubbling brooks fill our days Face down on the kitchen floor with your heart poured out to God – your face and the floor wet with your […]

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Healing Our Fences

When I was a younger, I lived on a large farm. My grandpa had a small herd of cows and a large flock of sheep. There were barbed-wired fences to separate them from each other and the road. Often we would get a car stopping in to tell us the sheep were out and wandering down the road. We would head out to get in front of them and behind them, bringing them back to […]

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Growing Beyond Your Wounds

Would you appreciate a protected place where you have opportunity to grow past the hurt, shame, fear, anger, or bitterness created by abuse? Would you love a safe place to tell your story and encourage other wounded women in theirs? I have written many blogs over the last year. They have been to share who I am, who Christ is, and how I desire to partner with you on the journey to wholeness in Him. […]

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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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