A Prayer for Praise

A Prayer for Praise

Sometimes our Christian growth gets marked by starts and stops; wet seasons and dry seasons; valleys and deserts; gentle rains and torrential down pours. Some years we grow by leaps and bounds and other years we take a couple or three steps backward. But God is...

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How to Be Strong When You Feel Weak

How to Be Strong When You Feel Weak

Falling Up?   I fell up the stairs the other day (again). I promise I've walked those stairs numerous times and haven't fallen down them (yet). But going up them? That's another story. Falling forward is something I'm pretty familiar with. My toe hits the step...

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The Hidden Strength of Stillness

The Hidden Strength of Stillness

Have you ever felt that your weakness holds you back?   Maybe you feel like your soul limps through life and you experience the same difficulty over and over again and that somehow you failed because you can't quite seem to move past it. I shared a post on...

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The Lord is My Portion, My Hope, and Yours

The Lord is My Portion, My Hope, and Yours

The Lord is enough and our portion, but sometimes the suffering in life takes our eyes off of this truth. Listen in on one of my letters of grace to readers who subscribe to Welcome Grace. I'd love to send you these Grace Notes to you too! Sign up using the banner at...

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The Paradox of Praise in Lament

The Paradox of Praise in Lament

The Paradox of Praise   Praise is the final piece in biblical lament. It's the paradoxical nature of life with Christ. We worship in spirit and truth. God is both merciful and just. We lay down our life and live as living sacrifices. Lament is both pain and...

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Asking for Help and the Power of Lament

Asking for Help and the Power of Lament

Asking for help doesn't come without risk, and voicing questions holds opportunities for ridicule. But sometimes the risk is worth the ride and the questions unfold into glorious answers. However, before I give voice to my question, I jump through mental hoops like...

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When Emotions and Lament Create Paths to Trust

When Emotions and Lament Create Paths to Trust

Emotions scare me because they're so powerful, yet render me powerless. The power of them takes me by surprise, like touching a hot pan. I yank back in defensiveness, shielding my wound. Emotions surrounding the pain of shattered friendships, lousy news, and broken...

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The Song of Lament and The Way to Trust His Heart

The Song of Lament and The Way to Trust His Heart

Lament is the language that leads us through our sorrow and into praise. Trouble comes to us. We know disappointment and frustration; sorrow and pain. Trusting the Lord and taking hold of courage in the midst of problems grows our faith when we use the language of...

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Cry for Victory and Find Your Way Home

Cry for Victory and Find Your Way Home

The cry can be one of victory or loss. It arouses a crowd in support of their favorite team. The battle cry sends warriors racing into battle, and the cry of a son lost rips from his mother's heart. The cry begins and ends so many of our life experiences.   “The...

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When Pain Overtakes Joy and What to Do About It

When Pain Overtakes Joy and What to Do About It

Leaning into Lament   Lament is part of honest communication between God and man. It bridges the "give thanks in all circumstances and rejoice" with "in this world you will have many troubles." Expressing both rejoicing and suffering is integral to a growing...

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How Our Focus Guards, Guides, and Grounds

How Our Focus Guards, Guides, and Grounds

Focusing Power   I'm learning that my quick skimming of articles, emails, social media posts, and updates leads me to a lack of focus in my life. I use to be able to read for hours, getting completely lost in the journey the author takes me on. Now, I'm lucky if...

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A Prayer for Wonder

A Prayer for Wonder

  Hello dear friends, December slipped in wearing white and displaying crystals dancing on delicate branches. Its beauty on display reminds me that even winter storms display artistry by a Master Artist. Will I have eyes to see? Will you? The next four weeks will...

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