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I awakened early today. Drawn into the still quiet moments while awaiting the sun’s arrival, I heard lyrics playing in my head. “Your constant grace remains my cornerstone.” A gentle joy filled my heart as I thought of what a perfect Thanksgiving reflection those lyrics express.

The years come and go. Life’s transitions continue but my constant cornerstone truly remains the mercy and grace of God.

Psalm 136 beautifully expresses what my heart feels. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, … Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.”

God’s good heart remains constant amidst the ever changing days of my life. He has been and continues to be faithful to me.

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Sep
12

Riding the Wave

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riding the wave

 

Sometimes life is like a wave of the ocean. It has the potential to knock you down and crash over you if you don't ride it out the right way. 

My most recent wave was surgery that I did not have in my Day Planner until a couple of months ago. It was not on my list of Most Wanted Things to Do or Most Beautiful Places to Go. Nonetheless, after considering the options and praying about it, I felt a lot of peace about the surgery.

I anticipated a little down time afterwards. A little down time. But I thought I might be back at work in less than two weeks. After all, I just sit at my job, right?

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Nov
18

The Grace to Forgive

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birthday giftsQuickly name the 5 people you most struggle to forgive. Name the folks you resent. Hate. Dislike. Feel hurt by.

Maybe you didn’t think of 5. Perhaps it was 2. Or 10. Whatever the number is, the truth is we all struggle to forgive at times.

We believe we should. It’s biblical. We often say we forgive, but then we think of that face. The face of the one who hurt us. The one who betrayed us. Let us down. Mistreated us. Ignored us. And that feeling rises in our heart right along with our blood pressure and there it is. Anger. Resentment. Bitterness.

However you paint it, the core issue is a much more vulnerable feeling than the anger and its defensive friends. The core issue is hurt.

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Aug
02

A Little Wisdom from a Fat Cat

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garfieldI felt the nudge. I took the risk.

“Have you ever heard of Garfield, the cat on the cartoons?”

The quizzical look on her face said, “And what does that have to do with anything?” She cautiously answered, “Yes.”

So I figured I’d already hung myself by using Garfield as a reference; might as well go for it now.

“When my kids were little, I heard Garfield say something once that stuck with me and I think it might be helpful to you.”

At that point, I imagine she was thinking, “Really????”  Nonetheless, I proceeded.

Garfield said, “Yard by yard, life’s real hard. Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.”

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Mar
30

The Grace of the Cross

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 On this weekend as we reflect on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, my heart is gripped by the beauty of Christ’s sacrifice, the depths of his obedience, the riches of his gift, and the disconcerting path God chose for our redemption. And I am drawn to reflect on the grace of the cross.

Jesus, declaring the purposes of his earthly ministry, stood up in the synagogue (Luke 4:18) amidst the religious systems of his day and proclaimed that his heart was for the poor, the brokenhearted, those bound in sin, the ones blinded, and the oppressed. Foretastes of grace reverberated throughout the atmosphere; the rumbles began, as Jesus declared that the prophecy of Isaiah 61 was being fulfilled.

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