Category Archives: Be Brave

About Your Trying and Trying and Trying

My first message I ever gave was in 1981 on 1 Timothy 4:8-9. I was 18 years old. And it was a good one. I have used it over and over and over again. I cleverly created a spiritual workout which included things like “sit ups” as in sit up in church and “lift weights” […]

A Prayer About Pain-Generated Compassion

This is not the first time I’ve mentioned this book of written prayers, nor will it be the last. This book is the biggest part of my daily quiet time routine. This book is ….drumroll…Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith. The prayer for April 12 (which I also read last year on April 12) just stunned […]

More Than the “Least of These”

I never intended for prison to become part of my life. I actually hate that it is part of my life. I never intended on becoming a mom either. I felt God tell me when I was 18 that I would never have children. I was 31 when the doctor told me why. (I was […]

What Comes Next?

On Saturday a near 20-month old girl’s short life was celebrated.  It was a different sort of funeral. She was the daughter of friends of ours. She lovingly belonged to parents who now don’t have a daughter. The parents found out over a year ago that she had Krabbe which is a certain early death […]

The Beauty Behind Prison Walls

Humans of New York is a blog that features people of New York and around New York. It began as a simple project but has grown to have over 8 million followers on social media. Maybe because people like to hear stories about real people. Real people have good stories. In February Humans of New […]

It is Possible That You Really Are God’s Masterpiece

You are God’s masterpiece. After all, You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:13-14. I know. You don’t feel like this at all. You know your flaws, […]

Morning Prayer of a Brave Soul

Good morning, God. Today I am going to feel. Today I am going to feel joy. And when I want to add a “but” or an “if” or feel like I’m unworthy to have joy, I’m going to stop and breath and say, “I am worthy of feeling joy.” Today I am going to feel […]

I Walk with a Limp

This is not a physical limp. Though at times my heart is smashed so much I am physically ill. This is a limp that says “I’ve wrestled with God and did not let go…and won.” Jacob is my favorite Bible character. Yes, he’s a lot of a swarmy character. From his birth he was known […]

What the Beautiful People Know

“In the meantime—let the pain be. It’s likely making you even more beautiful.” –Glennon Doyle Melton  Then I am beautiful. Because I sure do feel the pain. I am beautiful in that Velveteen Rabbit sort of way. You remember this beautiful classic children’s story by Margery Williams, right? “What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one […]

When Pain is the Beginning

Pain is the beginning of the transformation to healthy living.  Every time.  In every area of your life. Ugh. All of my ughs cannot change this truth.  Pain is the beginning of something.  Not the ending of something.  It is the beginning. Can you feel through the pain?  Not run away from the pain.  Not […]

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