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Inside Out

Bright morning sun has me squinting hard as I bend down to peer through the open window of a car now coasted to a stop beside my dog, Lucy. “What's going on?” my neighbor asks. I pause considering an obligatory response then plunge forward in a current of honesty. “Walking in anger and unforgiveness.” He doesn’t miss a beat, “That’s all of us.” Trials are a test – not pass or fail but to improve strength and reveal weakness. I’ve…

Spin Cycle

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. --Matthew 11:29    Sometimes I won’t let go so I get dragged. I keep hoping things will change and someone will wake up. I don’t want to accept reality. The situation is painful and heart breaking - if I just tried harder….. Insanity makes me insane. Attempting to fix what is broken. Playing God because I don’t think He will do what’s needed. Obviously He…

It is Finished

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide His garments. Luke 23:34 It began with jealousy, greed, a garden kiss. Betrayal. Betrayal by one of His Own. A friend. A brother. Others deny knowing Him. When He needs them the most, they leave. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” In agony, Jesus prays. Sweat becomes drops of blood, falls to the ground. Jasmine scents the…

Words of War

And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3:6 NLT Ripped apart. Words of anger etched on my spirit, scorched holes in my heart. Condemnation and judgment sit heavy. How do I scrub words off my skin? Shrapnel stuck in my soul. My heart aches with it. Vulnerable, clay people stuck…

Love Anyway

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. John 13:34 Jesus, I can’t. I’m hurt. I’m sad. I feel betrayed. How can I love them like You? I’m angry. I don’t want to forgive. I want justice. I want them to get it. Love them anyway. Jesus, do you know what you’re asking? To love them anyway, I have to put myself aside. I…

Forgive and Get Free

“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.”   --davewillis.org Without exception, the hardest work I’ve ever done is the work of forgiveness. Forgiveness is difficult because - I don’t always want to forgive. I’ve been hurt deeply. My trust was betrayed. My heart and mind cry out for justice. It feels unforgiveable - yet I must forgive. I know forgiveness is for me – so I won’t become…