How to Heal From Brokenness

She fled knowing her life was unraveling. All that was left was a frayed thread of existence. Desperate, thirsty and alone, she kept running. Hagar, Sarai’s Egyptian maidservant, ran until she collapsed by a spring in the wilderness.   Tension in the House As I read the passage in Genesis 16:6-16, I imagined the scene. Sarai gave her maidservant, Hagar,

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Hope During Transitions

Do you love a warm pastry with a yummy filling? You take a bite and the baked exterior breaks apart and reveals the creamy middle. My personal favorite is a chocolate Éclair with custard filling. The pastry is delicious, but the custard in-between makes my pallet savor every bite. Bear with me, I promise this is not an attempt to

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Door, Direction or Distraction?

Writing is easier in the company of a creative friend that understands a blank laptop screen, painful editing, and trying to find fresh angles to a topic. I regularly meet a friend at a local café. We chat a bit, work on our independent projects, and enjoy espresso living. Ah, the smell and taste of freshly brewed coffee. On one

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Changed by Life’s Storms

It’s easy to be thankful for growth and prosperity, but blessings come in different ways. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to add hardships to our gratitude list? Wait! What…hardships? Don’t we want to forget the drama? Without a doubt, we don’t want to experience hard times, but wouldn’t you agree, that’s when we often gain a deeper understanding of God’s love.

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Too Old for Spiritual Tantrums

My granddaughter, Audrey, is a toddler. None of us expected this adorable blue-eyed angel to be such a strong-willed, independent, fearless tomboy. It’s all hands on deck to raise this mobile bundle of spunk. When tots resist adults and refuse to obey, the defiance is often called, The Terrible Twos. Audrey’s toddler ways, however, taught me a sobering spiritual truth.

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The Natural-Supernatural Power of God

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m a Christian, but I’m not a fanatic!” I’ve heard that statement, and I’ve also made the statement. When I was a new believer, Holy Ghost manifestations were downright scary. Thirty years ago, a variety of spiritual expressions were publicized, criticized, and unfortunately categorized as weird. Let’s tackle the “elephant in the room” and

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