Rescue for the Hopeless . . . the Confused

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Jane sat in a heap by the side of the road. She wasn’t sure exactly how she got there. The argument had escalated into a full-fledged fight. When he told her to get out she’d stumbled to the door and started walking. That was hours ago, but she knew she couldn’t go back. [bctt tweet=”Am I really a piece of …

Not What You Expected?

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You believed what he said. Then you found out he lied. You couldn’t figure out why she hadn’t arrived yet. Then you found out she was always late. You live through the experiences, but you feel off-balance. The pain may not be physical, but confusion fits the 1 Peter 4:12* bill. It hurts. So how do we respond? It’s easy to …

Stop. Pray. Gain.

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[bctt tweet=”God is holy, set apart with a purpose.” username=”SandraALovelace”] My day started as usual—up, dressed, walking. Pain hit my right heel halfway down the street. At first it was bothersome, not enough to limp. I ignored it until a sharp edge caught me. Then I tried, in vain, to shake the irritant around to a less stressful spot. By …

Backdraft Ignition

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Firefighters know that a room in a building can heat up to the point of ignition with no visible evidence. Not even smoke. And if oxygen is introduced by opening a door or breaking a window, flames can envelop the entire area almost instantaneously. The backdraft phenomenon can happen to people. I know because it happened to me.

Pummeled by Circumstances

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We’re making our way through life and one thing after another goes wrong, expectations mount, and desperation threatens. It feels as if we’re running the gauntlet. The phrase describes a type of corporal punishment practiced as early as the Roman military. It appears in European history as well as US and naval history. Men were stationed in a double line, …