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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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It Is Not YOUR Fault!

“You are stupid.” “You are ugly.” “You are worthless.” “You are bad.” “You asked for it.” “You deserve this.” These and thousands of other things have been said to you. They were said not just once in passing, but repeated..and repeated…and repeated. You have believed them because those with authority and power over you have always stated them as facts. The coldness or the anger in which they were said, made you feel powerless, unable […]

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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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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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Overcoming Our Past

So many of us are trying to overcome our past. We are constantly asking “what if?” questions. As if we could actually make the past different by re-examining every word spoken and deed done. I think it is why we are obsessed with time travel movies – “Back to the Future” (I, II III), “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, “Source Code”. Everyone going back to try to fix something in the past to make the future […]

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Heaven’s Math

Strongholds are the walls we build in our minds, hearts, and lives that keep us from embracing the truth of who God is and what His will and purpose for us is. Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 of tearing down strongholds and then defines them as things that are high-minded and have raised themselves up against the knowledge of God. “High-minded” refers to thinking with high moral values or ideals. How can that be […]

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