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Failure

How many times have you found yourself stewing on all the failures of your day, or your life? This obsessing on stupid decisions, words spoken and actions left undone, will lead us eventually to feeling as though we are failures. There is a big difference between failing sometimes and being a failure. And I haven’t…

Beauty, Body Image and Physical Obsession

Someone recently asked me what I told people with body image issues, and those who obsess on their physical flaws. This is a very common problem. People define beauty by a certain cultural standard and then measure their own physical appearance by that standard, and usually can find a lot lacking. In this process, they…

The Both/And Reality of Grief

There’s something about the contrast of a small girl with a halo of blonde curls clutching her daddy’s shirt while at his funeral with a giant beaming smile on her face. No, she doesn’t understand the scope of what’s happened. But isn’t that such an example of the emotions of grief? We laugh, we cry,…

In the Bleak Midwinter

January and February are not my favorite months of the year. They are still definitely winter, but the fun of the Christmas season is over and they often just seem bleak and cold to me. I thrive in spring and summer—the green shoots coming up that I’ve planted and nurtured, the warmth of the air…

Good and Bad

So, maybe the day isn’t shaping up like you’d hoped. Maybe you started with car trouble, bad health news about you or a loved one, or just waking up late and rushing through at a ridiculous pace trying to catch up. We call these “bad days” and assume they are just to be survived. What…

Religion vs. Relationship

I have a friend who calls himself a “recovering religious addict.” I can describe myself this way also. There are days I want to try to make a formula fit every situation, rather than turning to the One with whom I have relationship. I sit in self-righteousness for a moment over something I want to…

Living in the Tension

I think we are geared as humans to try to find a way out of circumstances that don’t feel good. We want to find freedom from the tight rope of walking through the valley of the shadow of death. And yet, often it seems God asks us to stay the course and hold the tension…

Incredible Love

So many people I’ve talked to recently speak of feeling “beat up” especially after the holidays. Family time has been scathing and torturous rather than enjoyable. Relationships you thought you could count on have turned on you and left you feeling betrayed. The days you looked forward to because of what they are “supposed to…

Recognize

I’ve never made a habit of picking a word for the year like some people do. Not that there’s anything wrong with it at all! I’ve thought about it, but usually end up over-thinking it and just giving up. But last year and this one, I have noticed that God has brought a reverberating theme—He…

Today

Today, I will rise and call on Jesus. Today, I will not fear what lies ahead. Not because I’m strong and mighty, But because I trust the One who is. Today, I will look for His joy, Whether circumstances seem “good” or “bad”. Today, I will seek His voice Reminding me of His faithfulness throughout….