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Blessed Good Friday to You & Yours (The First Christian Poem I Memorized as a (Teenage) New Believer)

The Lamb William Blake (1757–1827) LITTLE lamb, Who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee, Gave thee life, and bid thee feed By the stream and o’er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing woolly bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice? Little lamb, Who made thee? Dost thou know who made …

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Now This Is Love (Part 2)

Here is another example of love … my friend, Jennie Strong. Jennie is a busy mother of two young children with another baby on the way soon. And yet, she invited our dear Ella into her home this week expressly for the purpose of freeing up my schedule to work on my new women’s retreat. Talk about servant hospitality. That’s Jennie. She saw a …

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God can and does use weak, sick, discouraged, beat-down, lonely, struggling saints, who cry to him day and night, to accomplish amazing things for his glory.

I remember listening to this years ago and being blown away by what John Piper taught about the life of David Brainerd: Oh, That I May Never Loiter On My Heavenly Journey! (If you, like me, prefer to read rather than listen, the entire message is also transcribed on that link. One of the many reasons why I love DesiringGod.org …

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Now This is Love

I almost didn’t share this photo because I’m embarrassed about the level of Golden Retriever hair and dust bunnies that are on our hardwood floor. But I can’t stop thinking about how lovely and loving this bubble wrap is:                   Can you figure out what is going on here? Lilikoi is a …

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Doing One Wise Thing. NOT Doing One Enslaving Thing. And Looking for a Way to Serve …

Not being phlegmatic by any stretch of the definition, my “up” days can be great, but my “down” days are really a drag. Like this morning. For no reason and for good reason, I feel sad, scared, defeated, annoyed, and just plain BLECH. The pull to avoid my duties (and all relationships, including my relationship with God) was strong. I …

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Immature People Give Lots of Unsolicited Advice

I was searching online for a Paul Miller quote and I came across a blog entry I wrote back in 2010. It was still quite convicting so I thought I’d reproduce it for you here too … IMMATURE PEOPLE GIVE LOTS OF UNSOLICITED ADVICE “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.” Proverbs 18:2 I …

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Forgiveness

One of Fred’s favorite quotes on forgiveness comes from World Magazine’s Andree Seu: “I asked a few people if they’d ever forgiven anyone, and what it felt like. They gave me answers so pious I knew they’d never done it.” Does this describe you? I know it has described me at times. But then I think about the people who …

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Ye Fearful Saints, Fresh Courage Take

Just in case you haven’t recently re-read all of the words to the hymn I quoted briefly in my first post from today, here they are for your enjoyment and edification. (By the way … the first time someone quoted this hymn to me, I was in a dark season of the worst suffering of my life. I could barely …

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When We Get Everything We Think We Want—And We’re Still Rotten

We had a sad, but telling, experience this past Saturday. Our day was full of fun domestic things—planning meetings for our next school year, a birthday party, The Science Fair, choir rehearsal, play rehearsal, and the (super fun!) relatively spontaneous opportunity to help some friends by watching and feeding and playing with their kiddos for the afternoon and evening. In …

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Suicide Survivors: “Being with Someone Grieving that Intensely is Scary, but Necessary”

I remember every time I have spoken with and prayed with someone whose life was touched by suicide (or suicide attempts). For many of these dear people, as I entered into their pain (and sometimes shared my own story of rescuing my mother from her suicide attempt when I was a young teenager), it was the first time they felt …

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