Tag: Reconciliation

Wounds Will Heal

In my house, I identify myself as an efficient, supersonic dishwasher. But, with this speed comes little nicks and dings on my fingers from various cooking utensils. One of my most memorable gashes came in the form of a vegetable peeler. As I washed it rapidly (too rapidly), I peeled off part of my thumb.…

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Walking Purposefully

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed writing – journal entries, short stories, poems, etc. For the younger me, it was easy to attach words to the worlds I created in my head because there was no pressure. Now, as I’m working towards a writing career, I’m consistently overthinking and repeatedly riddled…

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Choosing What’s Right

As I watched Freedom Writers (again) this past weekend, parts of the movie struck me differently this time around. In particular, there is a scene where the students successfully raise enough money to bring Miep Gies to speak to their class – the woman who secretly housed Anne Frank and her family during the holocaust.…

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The Greatest Act of Love

What an Easter Sunday! Even though it was celebrated unusually in the midst of social distancing, I hope it was still a beautiful day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection – a fundamental, guiding premise of our beliefs, and the greatest act of love ever committed.  “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the…

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Peace Over Anxiety

If you read this blog often enough, you know I’m anxious about, well, a lot. And now add to this list all the implications that come with a coronavirus pandemic. Because my life is dotted by irrational fears, I must combat these anxieties each day. At first, I try to put the brakes on these…

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Responding to Sin

From Genesis to Revelation, sin* is a constant theme. All throughout, not only do notable Biblical characters find themselves in sticky sinful situations, but they also teach us valuable lessons on the importance of repentance.* Daily, we all will be faced with the evil of sin, but it’s how we respond to this sin that…

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A Fool’s Answer

The fool says in his heart,     “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1 NIV) Recently, a pastor mentioned that the scripture above should actually read: A fool says in his heart, “No, God.”  With this new translation, I was baffled. I’ve always thought fool was reserved for nonbelievers, atheists and agnostics. But, lo and behold, I’ve…

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Don’t Go Hungry

“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom) Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to…

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Prepare for Elevation

From uncomfortable situations to joyous occasions, everything we encounter is intentional. As we continue to live out God’s will for our lives, situation after situation will prepare us for continued elevation. However, if we hide our purpose, or become lazy in fulfilling our purpose, God has nothing to elevate. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by…

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When Life Hits Hard

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NIV) When life hits hard, I…

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