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Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2005’

Considerable Grace

My husband always reviews my speaker notes whenever I am invited to speak at conferences or retreats. I love his counsel and oversight–and he inevitably improves even my best efforts. Having looked at my notes and listened to my teachings for years now, Fred almost always makes the same two comments: 1. “I know someone who would benefit from this …

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What does it matter what they think?

Today a wave of near hysteria swelled up within me when I (mistakenly) thought, “My pastors are rejecting me! Now I am really on my own.” Next week Fred and I will celebrate ten years of marriage. Though he has been absolutely nothing but faithful, steady, committed … in the pit of my stomach, the tightness of my chest, the …

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Wow! God must really love you, my friend.

Sunday night I was sleeping happily away only to awake suddenly at 2AM. There was no loud noise, Sophia hadn’t cried out … honestly, no sound woke me up. But there I was, wide awake. (In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that one of my first thoughts had to do with the fact that a dear friend …

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I’m Redeemed … SO …

I had the most lovely and edifying conversation with a friend today. (It turns out that she and I have the same “in-network” cell phone coverage so Yay! Even my tiny (tiniest available) cell phone minutes each month won’t have to be eaten up.) During the call, she was reflecting on how the Lord may be calling her to minister …

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Just like Mom?????

My sister and mother are wonderful artists. My husband can draw anything. My best friend is amazingly creative and gifted. I couldn’t draw my way out of a paper bag. Knowing my weaknesses, I try so hard to introduce my 19 month-old daughter, Sophia, to creative elements … paint, play-doh, crayons, sidewalk chalk, etc. I dump them out, encourage fun …

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Maybe I’m not the only one …

Tonight I received a tremendous blessing from some of the women in my church. As we visited during a bridal shower, I was reminded anew that I am not alone in this world. As much as I think that “I’m the only one who …” (struggles with this sin, encounters this challenge in her marriage, fails in this area, doesn’t …

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Anorexia & Overeating?

I recently had the honor of learning a little more about the struggles of a lovely, godly young woman who is struggling with anorexia and bulimia. As someone who has struggled her entire life with idolatry of food and overeating, I’ve been reflecting on how similar some aspects of our struggles are. Isn’t it strange how society and especially the …

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What if we had met in high school …

Fred and I had a blast yesterday chatting throughout the day about what it might have been like if we had met in high school … (My pastor and his wife were high school sweethearts! It’s hysterical–and wonderful–to see their photos from proms and homecoming dances, West Point, seminary, etc. Oh, to have grown up with the love of your …

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Help me to repent I pray!

Picture your most cherished sin. (Come on–admit it. When do you say, “I know it’s wrong but I don’t care. I’m going to do it anyway. I’ll repent later. God will forgive me. It’s not that bad.”) Now picture this sermon illustration from Pastor John Piper: ‘The attempt to find happiness in life by pinning your hope on something other …

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Beyond healing?

Today I leave on another trip out of state. This one is strange for me, however, and I am not feeling good about it. Pretty much every single thing I will do over the next five days is unknown to me–way out of my comfort zone. I can’t picture it. I can’t imagine what will happen, who I will meet, …

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