Grace for Runaway Horses

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You lost it again. Whether you actually raised your voice or not, the damage is done. You slipped the reins of self-control and your bad attitude reared its ugly head. Like a wild stallion your piercing eyes, sharp tongue, body language broke their constraints and led the stampede of destructive words. Hopefully, realization dawns quickly. You feel guilty. You do your …

Let-Them-Live LAW

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Imagine it. Your parents discover you’re going to be born left-handed (or fair-skinned, or allergic to something, or with a temper, . . . ) They realize that such characteristics will likely cause you and them difficulty. After all, you’ll need special scissors if you’re left handed. They’ll need to teach you to be careful outside to avoid sunburn. It …

Powerless in Poughkeepsie

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Okay, you may not be in Poughkeepsie*. I’m not either. But you are powerless. I am too. We have those times when we recognize our lack of control. Everything we hoped for falls through and we know we wasted a lot of time and effort and emotions. And we’re ready to tear out our hair. At other times we have a good day where the plans …

What’s holdin’ you back?

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  There aren’t any physical restraints. Nobody slipped on a straight jacket while you slept.         There aren’t any visible barriers. Nobody built a wall around your heart when you weren’t looking.   Yet the inner struggle to remain silent or share your burdens grows day by day, sometimes moment by moment. Until. You want. To explode. The Sons …

The Same only BETTER.

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Looking for protection from the trials of life? Some say the armor of Ephesians 6 is sufficient. I say there’s a new and improved version to consider. I’ve been pondering it since listening to a sermon by Brad Evans, a senior pastor in Coventry CT. Preaching under the title “Know How to Stand Firm in the Evil Day” he suggests Paul had an Old Testament reference …

Scrapped to Stellar?

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It was a grueling experience. At times I didn’t think I’d make it. Have you ever been there? At the start I felt the same mix of exhilaration and apprehension as when I faced expert level ski trails called Black Diamonds. 1) I can handle this adventure.  2) I hope I make it to the bottom in one piece. My goals …

God’s Promises in Real Life

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Maybe you’re like me … or Asaph, the psalmist. Sometimes we’re in distress. We seek the Lord, even at night, and our souls refuse to be comforted. We remember God and we groan. We muse and our spirits grow faint.  We are too troubled to speak and we wonder if the LORD will ever show His favor to us again. …

Did you notice?

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Last week was a wash when it came to this post. I was in the throes of completing chapter 9 and attacking chapter 10 of the Naomi manuscript. Thank you for your prayers for me. More importantly, the time I was able to rip myself away from my laptop was spent enjoying the company of my grandchildren. The delight of …

Sparrow Quest Continues

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His Eye is On The Sparrow is a traditional African-American worship song written in 1905 by two white songwriters, Civilla Martin and Charles Gabriel. Ethel Waters may be the actress-singer who captured its meaning most eloquently.  (see below) The second verse is particularly meaningful to me with so many challenges and changes flying into my life without warning, and me …