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Free To Be Generous

During the Christmas season I sometimes have a nagging fear. I’m afraid of appearing stingy—of not being generous enough with my gift-giving. Lately as I’ve been contemplating this, I realized that Jesus’ generosity was rarely centered on tangibles, although He … Continue reading

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Freedom From Being Ruled by Feelings

What do I do now? I wondered as I struggled to maintain myself in a half-squatting, half-sitting position while holding onto a small tree. Although it was a beginner’s run, it looked too steep to go the rest of the … Continue reading

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Freedom From Responding Naturally

Recently I sorted through papers and came across quotes from Corrie ten Boom. When I first heard of Corrie she was traveling the world speaking of her harrowing experience in a concentration camp after being caught hiding Jews in her home … Continue reading

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Receiving God’s Mercy

I continue to celebrate God’s mercy and how I’m learning to receive and give it. Here’s a journal entry from a number of years ago which was later published. The day shines clear in my memory–another one of those worst … Continue reading

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Celebrating God’s Mercy

 “Oh Lord, I feel horrible,” I moaned. Mistakes I made as a mother bombarded my mind. It was as if a video inside my head played each painful scene where I had blown it as a parent. I felt overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Free To Admit A Wrong

Why is it sometimes so hard to say “I was wrong?” This past Sunday I got offended by what someone said to me. I overreacted and lashed out with harsh words. My fuming about the disrespect shown consumed me. All … Continue reading

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God Is My Refuge–Part 2

Lately as I’ve contemplated God being my refuge, a thought came to mind. Sometimes I make unforgiveness my refuge. When I build a wall of bitterness between me and a person who has hurt me and may try to cause me pain … Continue reading

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The Satisfied Soul–Part 3

Lately I’ve contemplated my lack of satisfaction. As I paid attention to the word “satisfied” in the Bible, I ran across this verse. Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice. … Continue reading

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Celebrating The Freedom Found in Forgiving

“I never had a daddy,” she said. Tears rolled down the face of the woman who sat near me in the forgiveness class at the women’s retreat.  It was odd, but I felt happy as I watched her cry and saw the hurt on … Continue reading

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