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Christian Cliche

“Modern Christians hope to save the world by being like it. But it will never work. The church’s power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it. Never from her integration into it.” –A.W. Tozer I love Jesus and I want something more. Something more than Bible study. Something more than church on Sunday. Something more than Christian radio, movies and bookmarks. I want to experience Christ. I want to know what it means to walk with Him…

It’s Not a Religion

Religion. It’s something we’re not supposed to talk about at parties. I love Jesus but something in me cringes if someone calls me religious. Religion has a negative connotation for me. I think of zealots. People who picket instead of feed or love. Throughout history, horrible acts – bombing, murder, beheading – have been done in the name of religion – and still are. I am about relationship. Relationship with God, Jesus and others. There is much that bothers me…

Red Velvet Wonders

“Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the hope they won’t last forever. That hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. That we will be led out of the darkness and into the sunshine.” –unknown   When I have a tough day, a red velvet cupcake works wonders. During painful, difficult seasons, I’ve shopped, over worked, over exercised, watched too much junk tv, drank wine. Band-aids over bullet holes. For whatever reason, I squish problems down and…

Thanksgiving Wrap Up

Thanksgiving is a wrap - bring on the leftovers! Thoughts of food and gratitude turn to steals and deals. However, maybe your Thanksgiving was different. Instead of a heart full of gratitude, you have a heart full of lonely. In the middle of dinner, surrounded by those you love, you felt Alone Unseen A Forgotten Footnote [bctt tweet="Sometimes the loneliest place is in the midst of people." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] It’s not supposed to be like this. In the deepest part of…

Grace that Works

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24 NIV I’m a grace girl. I believe, I know Jesus’ offer of salvation is a free gift - He died for my sin and He’s my Savior. However….the debate of faith and works always comes up. There appear to be two camps – those who believe we are saved by…

Hope that Holds

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” --Jeremiah 29:11 NIV This is the verse. My verse. The verse I cling to when life doesn’t make sense. I need this verse. I need to know God has a plan for my life – a good plan. I need to know I have hope and a future. (my hope and future…

Temple Tantrums

After the festival was over, while His parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking He was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for Him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find Him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for Him. After three days they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and…

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…

I’m No Saint

I saw him the moment we walked in the gym – an older man watching my son. When you have a kid with disabilities, it isn’t unusual for people to stare or watch them. My son, Joey, is often stared at – I typically feel we are the stage show of the waiting room. The way I handle this depends on the day. Sometimes I engage them, other times I ignore it or if it’s really obnoxious, I might position…

Guard Your Heart

  Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. --Proverbs 4:23 I recently attended a workshop where the speaker said, [bctt tweet="Your circumstances, your outer life are a reflection of your inner one." username="LizPetruzzi"]   WOW. This made a lot of sense to me. If I believe I deserve a “less than” life, the decisions I make or don’t make will reflect that. Let me pause for a moment and share what I’m not saying.…