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Mar
31

Feel the Love

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Mar
24

In the Face of Shame

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Have you ever felt ashamed of something you did?  Have you ever been embarrassed to look people in the eyes?  

On Sunday I began to ponder the effects of shame.  I was praying for a beautiful young woman whom I had not seen in a couple of years.  The last time I saw her, she asked for prayer because of her marital situation.  I had counseled with her, prayed with her and had given her a book as a resource.  And here she was again, having a hard time looking into my eyes. The longer I spoke with her, the more obvious it was that she was very ashamed. I knew something of her story.  An abusive husband whom she just literally caught in the act of being unfaithful.  Not a new story with her.  As she cried to me for help, she said, “I don’t want to leave him.”  My heart was heavy for her.  How I wished I could have taken her troubles away! I wished I could have made her marriage whole.  But deep within, I knew that aside from a work of the Spirit of God, things were not going to change in this marriage. She was going to continue to be beaten and betrayed.  If she continued to be a prisoner of her shame, she was never going to take the steps she needed to in order to experience acceptance and freedom. 

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Mar
02

Waiting on God

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 Waiting on God

As I entered the hospital, I heard a woman say “We’re just waiting to see.”  Directly behind her was the newspaper stand. The newspaper headline spoke of having to wait. I thought of how many times we say “I’m just waiting on God.” Implied is “There is nothing I can do about this.” Sometimes implied is “I have no idea where God is in this situation.” I began to think about how spiritual it sounds to say, “I am waiting on God.”  It sounds so holy.  So Christian. So patient. So obedient. 

But then I thought of how it feels in spite of the facade we put up when we say “We’re just waiting” as if we are at peace with the wait. I thought of it in this way:

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