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Because Suffering Together is Better

  Years ago my husband took me to Muir Woods, a redwood forest in California. Standing silent and wonderstruck at the base of those trees, I sensed something sacred.  Although redwoods reach to monumental heights, their root system is shallow. If they were made to

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Finding Peace When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Hi friend! Do you feel like you’ve been waiting on God for far too long? Have you been questioning why he’s allowed certain things to happen? Do you ever wish he’d speed things up? Do you experience frustration when things don’t go the way you

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Come Home to Me

In this world, some hard things are going to cross your path, Some days might be grueling. Trials may afflict you and bring you misery. I understand. These are all things I experienced during my time on earth. During difficult times, you may become exhausted

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Do I Have to Forgive to be Forgiven?

  Receiving forgiveness is incredible, overwhelming, freeing . . . like refreshing water soaking into the crusty, cracked ground of an aching soul. But granting forgiveness . . . tough, brutal, near impossible for some. We gladly receive it, but struggle to give it. Jesus said,

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What You Can Do in the Aftermath of the Oklahoma Tornado

I can remember a time several years ago, when I drove to the high school to pick my children up after school. As I waited in the car line, the emergency sirens went off – tornado warning. School personnel urged parents inside to take shelter.

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Mercy Without Excuses

  One day my youngest son said to me, “Mom, how can people who don’t know God, know that God is good – unless God’s people are good to them?” Profound. I love how God speaks directly to my heart through my children. He’s so

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Believing the Flowers Will Return

Got a letter today from the parents of a good friend of ours who’s in prison. These wonderful people have pushed through oceans of agony, bravely battled despair and grief, stumbled into a new normal, and moved forward in the healing process. During the three

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What Does the Cross Mean to You?

The Cross. The most pivotal symbol in history. Through the years, people have questioned its validity, rejected it, hated it, ignored it, and burned it. Others have embraced its message and cherished it. What does the cross mean to you? Around 500 B.C., the first

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Thing to Hold Onto When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Hi friends. I know there are a lot of wounded hearts out there today. Mine is too. Images in the news stories have ripped our hearts. The images in our minds are even worse. Those sweet little babies . . . Evil has reared its

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How to Finish Strong When You’re Tired of the Race

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  Luke 19:10. Weary traveler – have you experienced things in your everyday life that you can’t even remotely wrap your mind around? Have you seen suffering, tragedy, and loss that extend

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