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Category: lent2014

Celebrate Anyway {23 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. For a long time, I’ve claimed Philippians 4:4-7 as a compass to how I live. I’ve memorized the New International Version. Tonight I read The Message and smiled. You’ll see why… Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!   Don’t fret or worry.… Read more Celebrate Anyway {23 of 40 Stories}

Obedience Leads to Clarity {20 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. A bit from my journal… 1 John 5:4: For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. I know from 2 Peter 1:5-11 that the path to faith is… Love for Everyone  which enhancesBrotherly Love  which enhancesGodlinesswhich enhancesPatient Endurancewhich enhancesSelf-Controlwhich enhancesKnowledgewhich enhancesMoral Excellence  which enhancesFAITH. If I’m going to have faith, it begins with loving people. This Radical Faith I’m after, it starts with loving more. 1 Corinthians 13:2 — If I had the gift of prophecy,… Read more Obedience Leads to Clarity {20 of 40 Stories}

Hate Quitting {19 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Stephanie loathes running. She grumbles when it’s time to go for a run. She crabs all through the warm up. She groans when it’s time to start jogging. Even though I’ve assured her she doesn’t have to go, she still chooses to run with Hannah and me. During the second (of six) round of jogging, her grumbling became louder. Within seconds of the end of the jogging round, she decided to quit. She sat down cross-legged on the edge of the road. “I’m done,” she… Read more Hate Quitting {19 of 40 Stories}

The Secret to Comfortable Conversation {18 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 In 2006 I gave up New Year’s resolutions and decided to live a word instead. That year I learned to live grace. It wasn’t an easy word to learn, but it changed me. Forever. I learned grace is an art, and in order to live it I had to give up thinking I knew the way everything should go and how people should… Read more The Secret to Comfortable Conversation {18 of 40 Stories}

Guarding our Shine {17 of 40 Stories}

For the Lord God is a sun and shield:  the Lord will give grace and glory:  no good thing will he withhold  from them that walk uprightly.Psalm 84:11 We are called to shine. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone did the thing they were created to do? What if we all shined?It is a risk to shine. I think that’s why I like the image of God being both a sun and shield. He provides sustenance and strength. He provides light and protection. He provides… Read more Guarding our Shine {17 of 40 Stories}

Be Strict With Me {16 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Recently I have been asking God to be strict with me. It isn’t best for a child to have loose boundaries. It also isn’t good for a child to set her own boundaries. I don’t just want to live a good life according to the world’s standards, but I want to live the life I was created to live according to Gods’ standards. Please be strict with me, is a brave prayer. As a recovering perfectionist, I don’t like to do things wrong. This prayer… Read more Be Strict With Me {16 of 40 Stories}

Run the Route {15 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. God is always, always, working on our behalf. He is always, always, working for good. He wants to give us good gifts. Why, then, does it sometimes seem like our prayers fall on deaf ears? Why does it seem like the God who created the universe gives us desires and then withholds things from us? It can be a child, a spouse, a job, a friend, a hobby, a home, a grade, a goal, a rehab — it can be anything, the thing we’ve been… Read more Run the Route {15 of 40 Stories}