Gifts of Goodness

For the month of December, I have been reading through the gospel of Luke which details Jesus’ life. Throughout this time, I have been meditating on Jesus’ character, trying to pick out ways that I can be more like him. The following moment most recently struck me:

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Remembering Whose Daughter I Am

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet […]

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Rest Is a Heart Issue

Are you answering “how are you?” with “exhausted,” too? This week I was carrying bananas throughout the grocery store with my husband Brad, and with all seriousness, I called them potatoes. 

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Anger – My Quiet Storm

It’s always hard to admit sin publicly. I struggle with anger. I want to be open and honest about it. I hesitate for a moment in writing this blog because I am in leadership at my church. What will people think of me when I admit I struggle with this sin?

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Know Your Anchors: The Power of Community

The anxiety was crippling, to the point of nausea. I was trying to focus on my breathing– in for four seconds, out for four seconds. In through the nose, out through the mouth. Slow. It. Down. Hunched over, I stared at the worn, rusty brown fabric of the carpet in my office.

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Lament Before Giving Thanks

  A time for celebration is approaching. In a few days, we will gather with our family and friends and give thanks to God for His favor. We will thank Him for a myriad of blessings; big and small. While most focus on the positives of this year, others will not be able to celebrate. […]

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A Thorn in the Flesh

I said, “Would You take it away?” He said, “I will not.” This is pain you can live through, though I know it is a lot. I don’t think He sees me, and I don’t think He knows. He thinks I can handle more than I’m able. He thinks it helps me to grow. But […]

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The Impossible Life

One of the privileges I have in my job is to come alongside college freshman women who are interested in exploring spirituality/their beliefs and those who are desiring to take their next steps with God. A couple weeks ago one girl asked the group, “Does it seem hard to anyone else to live out all […]

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Reestablishing My Identity Mid-Life

Have you heard the phrase, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind?”  I ran into this phrase over and over again as I was trying to decide what path I wanted to walk through academically.  For a few years now, I have been toying with the idea of achieving a degree. My […]

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Christians Get Depressed Too – Part Two

If you read, my previous blog from a fews years ago regarding depression, you will know that depression is something I have struggled with on and off for more than half my lifetime. One thing you should know about me in particular, is that I tend to “hide” my depression and emotional turmoil from myself […]

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