Category Archives: Be Brave

Slightly Braver,

I received that closing from a 15-year old great young man after speaking at his summer Bible camp. He thanked me in the note but his close spoke right to my heart. He is now slightly braver. I am too. You may have noticed on here that I am not a finished project. Not much […]

How to Forgive

This has been an honest and reflective series. I hope you’ve been turned upside down on many of your thinking errors about forgiveness. Jesus asks you to forgive others and now you’ve learned how it is one of the bravest behaviors you can do. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is […]

Forgiveness and Correcting Wrong Are Two Different Things

Are any of these true for you: My life has been negatively impacted by someone who has had serious personal problems. I have had a willingness to work out/forgive, yet it has not done any good. The person who wronged me knew he/she was doing wrong, but persisted anyway. In spite of my attempts to […]

A Prayer for Broken Hearts and Crushed Spirits

From my favorite written prayer daily devotion book (which I’m on year two of using and have given away dozens).  From Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith: Dated August 17: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18 Dear Lord Jesus, there is no Saviour like you–none so kind, […]

Forgiveness is Not

Are you ready to forgive that awful awful awful person in your life? Probably not. This is hard. This is brave. But stay with me. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. First let’s breakdown what forgiveness is not: Letting go of healthy forms of anger. Allowing others to continue to disrespect your needs […]

Forgiving Others is One of the Bravest Things You Can Do

One of the bravest things we can ever do is to forgive someone. Why? Because it is so hard. It puts us back into vulnerability. It makes us feel again. And we’d rather not. Read Part 1 Here. We have our reasons—mostly very good reasons. Yet the challenge is we are to forgive. Jesus is […]

The Journey of Forgiveness

It was during the sentencing of our son that he read a statement before “God, the judge, and man.”  Isn’t that what happens when you testify in court?  In this statement was his first apology to John and I—before God, the judge, and man.  That plays out beautifully for a Hollywood drama but for us […]

Sticky Notes of Truth

The sticky note—what a wonderful invention. I can write that important “thing” on this little note and stick it in view so I won’t forget. Sticky notes make the perfect bookmark, even letting me know which line I stopped reading at. I can stick that note right on the next line to read. I can […]

Does the Pain Ever Feel Like Its In the Past?

I sincerely ask that question with an answer I don’t have for you. Today I was doing my volunteer duties as a part of juvenile probation. (I do love teenagers, even those who thankfully have these resources to change their direction.) I was just chatting up my favorite probation officer when he randomly started telling […]

In the Midst of Our Nation’s Pain, Look for the Helpers and Become Softer

The past couple of days I’ve been overwhelmingly grieved. First was the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My immediate thought was, “Not again?!” The video was grievous. Then the shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. I grew up in Minnesota. I know where Falcon Heights is. I drove through there […]

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