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En(courage)ment for hard times

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don’t be like an elephant

Fear is an invisible chain around an elephant’s leg. This is what I find myself thinking while I ride on the back of one, in the tall piney forest surrounding Angkor Wat, an old Buddhist and Hindu temple in Cambodia (yes, both of those religions, I know, it’s interesting…), one golden afternoon in November. I have … Continue reading

if you don’t feel the love at christmas…

  What is your love language? Did you know, that your entire life, God has been speaking to you in the way that you hear love? You only have to stop and look back and you will see it, like a trail leading to His heart for you. Is it physical touch? He has been … Continue reading

it is easy, in churches today, to get offended

It is easy, in churches today, to get offended about anything. A cinch. It is harder to protect the unity of a group of people working toward a common goal. It is also easy to get lost in groupthink, to assume that we must drink the kool-aid in order to really be part of things, … Continue reading

sometimes we think that our natural and unavoidable inclination is to be jealous

Sometimes we think that our natural and unavoidable inclination is to be jealous of those people we see succeed at good things, and things that we wish we were doing or had, and that there is no avoiding it. We give in to envy and comparison, thinking ourselves cheated of something that someone else has. … Continue reading

we often evaluate others based on what we know

We often evaluate others based on what we know, the seasons we have been through, the wisdom we have acquired. After what we have been through, full times of hard, good growth. Now that we own that hard-won knowledge, we assume it should be common sense to the rest of the world. Of course, it … Continue reading

looking at my house and thinking about how it is a tangible answer to seven years of prayer

Looking at my house and thinking about how it is a tangible answer to 7 years of prayer. No…longer. All those years ago when we moved and moved and moved and I wanted a home to paint and decorate, a garden and refuge, a place to write and grow. I ran around this house 7 … Continue reading

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