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I never question why people hate Christians …

In the last few weeks, I know of five (brilliant! godly! wise! Spirit-filled! Biblical-thinking! loving!) women who have been utterly mistreated by their church leaders. (I would use a different term for mistreated there, but it’s crass and I’m sure not very appropriate for any setting, more or less this blog.) There is much that I could say about each …

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Christian Kids & Conflict …

Well … I keep selling lots of copies of my pastor’s VBS curriculum so I wanted to mention it again … The “Peacemaker Clubs” curriculum is so biblical, practical, and WONDERFUL! I really hope you will check it out: It’s a great help to the children, their families, and entire churches. PLUS, it’s a great way to reach out to …

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Earning and effort are not the same thing …

I read a great quote on the “gospel driven church” blog and thought you might enjoy it too (the emphasis is mine): “Currently we are not only saved by grace; we are paralyzed by it. There is deep confusion. We find it hard to see that grace is not opposed to effort, but is opposed to earning. Earning and effort …

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We must learn to take ourselves in hand …

My good friend is helping me (a lot!) by “making me” re-read through the great D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones book, “Spiritual Depression.” Oh! How accurately this dear pastor describes my tendencies: – Prone to melancholy – Sometimes drawn, haggard, vexed, troubled – Overly introverted and introspective – At times, weeping and tearful because I am in a state of perplexity and …

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They were becoming a family …

Here and there … in tiny snippets … (often when I’m tired and just feel like slothfully procrastinating rather than working on some BIG HUGE projects that I really need to tackle one of these days) … I’ve been reading Band of Brothers. Have you read this book? Do you like war/military books? I do. The first one I remember …

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He is NOT your personal Holy Spirit …

I had a wonderful time at my prayer/friendship group this morning … I hadn’t planned to share my heart today. (Yeah, right. That usually goes well.) But of course I ended up sharing a TINY bit and then a little more and then–before you knew it, tears & Kleenex & lots of words. My friends shared great counsel with me: …

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Indifference vs. Love

HT Pastor JollyBlogger! “Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.” C. S. Lewis (Please, O please God! Do not let me be indifferent.)

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How to help (really help!) when a family is in crisis …

I just received this list from my dear (dear!) friend and fellow PeaceGal, Ruth M., and I immediately asked her if I could share it with you all. (She said, “Sure! But it’s just a rough draft and it’s very much in process.”) I’ve re-ordered things a bit (am I compulsive organizer or WHAT?) to group by genre … and …

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God answers even UNASKED prayers …

I just spent a few hours with a remarkable woman (and her two wonderful children!) and I just have to say: Thank You, God, for answering prayers that I don’t even have enough faith (or awake hours or diligence?) to pray. Seriously–I was so blessed to spend time with this woman … AND … we MAY get to work together …

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Receiving Criticism …

Yesterday I went to bed thinking about a time–years ago–when an older gentleman sat me down and confronted me on a number of weaknesses that he observed in my character. I remember being shocked–I hardly knew him and yet he felt that he could just confront me like this?! I remember feeling sad. Tired. Beaten down. Dejected. But last night? …

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