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A Flutter of Presence and Suddenly a Prayer is Answered
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A Flutter of Presence and Suddenly a Prayer is Answered

Last week I read these oft-quoted verses again. They are beautiful yet again. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we […]

Praying the Truth of My Soul (Which is Not in Complete Sentences)
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Praying the Truth of My Soul (Which is Not in Complete Sentences)

I still struggle to know what a life of prayer looks like. I don’t think I pray all that well. It’s clumsy. It’s me-centered. It’s a list. I ramble. I get sidetracked. I get so sidetracked that I forget that I was actually in prayer. It all feels so unholy. Yet the teens in my […]

It’s Not Just Yes, No, or Wait
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It’s Not Just Yes, No, or Wait

Have you ever wrestled with the idea of prayer? Does God really care about my prayers? Does God intervene in this life because of my prayers? If you ever voiced this thought out loud you probably at least once have received this answer in return. God answers prayer in three ways: yes, no, or wait. […]

The Dirt Our Lives Grow Through
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The Dirt Our Lives Grow Through

The ugliness of our past is buried in that dirt. The hurt. The anger. The loss of innocence. The rejection. The fear of inadequacy. The shame. The regrets. The dreams lost to “what if…” But if we don’t do the painful work of digging those things up and go through an intentional “death” experience of […]

Checklist of God’s Promise to You in This Brave Life
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Checklist of God’s Promise to You in This Brave Life

You will have noticed that I continually mention a relationship with God as part of a brave life. Because life is a broken road of faith. It is hard. With God you have a chance to know that you are loved therefore you are worthy and valuable. You were purposed before you understood you were […]

Checklist for Brave Living
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Checklist for Brave Living

You know deep in your soul that God is for you. No matter what the circumstances.   You believe vulnerability is necessary. You are willing to do something with no guarantees. You are willing to invest in a relationship that may or may not work out. You are willing to live broken-hearted realizing that the […]

I Love This God of Maybe
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I Love This God of Maybe

Do you have a relationship with God whom you love and God who breaks your heart? I bravely–not stupidly–do. I have bravely followed the beauty of this God of Maybe and in the process have become my own hero story. I know some people who believe I am stupid for this kind of faith. I […]

My In-God’s-Face Friendship with God
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My In-God’s-Face Friendship with God

This is not the trite “Jesus is my friend” shallow Christians like to talk about. Yes, I am making a judgment here. (It’s not my first time.) When I hear someone using that phrase to describe Jesus I can safely assume that 1. They are a new Christian; 2. They have a shallow faith that […]

Maybe Someday We Will Have a Real Dog
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Maybe Someday We Will Have a Real Dog

This is John’s and my dog Louie. I shared the story of his adoption. He was a very sad dog to adopt with a lot to overcome. He rarely barks. He does not play. We think Louie doesn’t even know how to play and have given up on that ever being learned. It took him […]

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