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Trust: How to Choose What to Do

Trust: How to Choose What to Do Trust is one of those elusive things that seems to come and go like the tide. It was a little after 5 am when we arrived at the emergency room.  I had grappled with the decision to take our 5-year-old son to ER since 2 am.  I was making the decision alone.  My husband is out of town.  Because he is staying at our cabin while finishing a contract, he rarely has cellular …

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Motivated by Success: Embracing Perfection

Motivated by Success: Embracing  Perfection She sits down every night and plays.  The child composes success, effortlessly. Sophia Rose, our youngest daughter, turns 17 today. I promise this is not a bragging blog.  However, the girl is a good example of being motivated by success. Sophie is on the honor roll, ranked 40th in her senior class.  Diligently, she studies, but she doesn’t have to.  Among the struggling and “disabled” learners in this family, Sophie, or “Fluffy,” as our young …

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Forgiveness for Real: Freedom and the Hole in Your Tent

Forgiveness for Real: Freedom and the Hole in Your Tent There are many aspects to forgiveness. First, I propose, forgiveness starts with identity.  Stay with me, I promise, I will get to the person or persons who you can’t forgive. I am going to start by saying something very important. You are forgiven. And no, I am not forgiving you for an offense. I am telling you, you are forgiven. Listen to it again, if you said yes to Jesus, …

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Christ’s Identity in Me: A Fresh and Somewhat, Outlandish Look at Jesus

Christ’s Identity in Me: A Fresh and Somewhat, Outlandish Look at Jesus Our youngest son is just four… yes, four.  The child is FORTY years younger than me, came into our lives when he was just three months old. For the better part of his first two years, his permanency in our lives was a roller coaster ride of hope, dashed hopes, wants, for his birth family, our family, him… and me.  His adoption day was very different than the …

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Seated at the Right Hand of Surrender: Letting God

Seated at the Right Hand of Surrender: Letting God I can’t pick one word for the year.  The thing is, as a writer, words are my life.  Just one, well, that would be drivel. Still, the word that seems to most common lately is, surrender. It has been most profound in so many avenues.  Most assuredly in launching humans.  Our oldest daughter is married, our youngest “daughter,” our foster love, has been home with her restored mama for over a …

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Mean Jesus: How to Cope with the Hurt Feelings of Unanswered Prayer

Mean Jesus: How to Cope with the Hurt Feelings of Unanswered Prayer If you clicked past the headline, I will start by saying, “I am so sorry you are hurt.” I just am sorry. In my very short writing career, I have gotten quite a few emails.  Some are moderately hateful. However, the world is boldly decorated with the color crazy.  Some are altogether twisted.  Some guy in Iceland just offered me $200 for a video of me eating toast. …