I Need Discernment

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I read a line from Michael Hyatt’s blog the other day that really struck me as practically discerning: “If you don’t like what you see in the life of the messenger, it’s usually best to ignore the message.” In essence, Michael is advising us not to take advice from people aren’t getting the results you want to experience. It is … Read More

9 Steps Through the Pain

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When a person has been grievously wronged they are forever marked. Psalm 129:3 says “The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long furrows.”  This verse is a picture of being shoved to the ground with your face down, having someone walk on top of you, gouging up and down your back, leaving permanent furrows or marks. The images from … Read More

Open Up to Desire

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For the last two days I was tucked away at a retreat house conducting an intensive retreat.  We were four spiritual companions gathered together to walk alongside a sister, who, in the trials of life, has lost sight of the Lord.  In her anger at the Lord for not keeping her safe from emotional pain, she has fallen into a … Read More

The Powerful Dynamic of Desire

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One of things Jesus seems to love to do to help people get in touch with spiritual realities is to ask questions that guide them to what is deeply true within. No matter how good, bad, or ugly, He preferred that we speak honestly and get to the core of the issue.  His questions probe into our hopes and dreams, … Read More

Do Not Be Diminished

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There seems to be two types of leaders in the world – those who seem to boost the IQ of others and those who suck the mental life out of their employees. Have you ever worked for someone who was highly intelligent and yet, had a tendency to either overtly or subtly, shut you down? Some leaders can amplify intelligence … Read More

Walk with God

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One of the clearest descriptions of what God wants from us is in Micah 6:8 “… and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Walking with God is always about drawing closer to Him in intimate fellowship and a prayer walk is taken for this … Read More

Free and Transformed in God’s Presence

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We know in the depth of our souls that we were created for deeper levels of intimacy with God.Our souls know that as we draw closer to God we move forward into deeper spiritual transformation, from lack of awareness to self-awareness, confession of sin, forgiveness, cleansing, and real life change. Psalm 139 leads us to the heart of the self-examination … Read More

Purpose for The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back

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“From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded.” Exodus 17:1 The exodus is a wonderful metaphor for the journey of our spiritual life.  It is likened to the spiritual bondage we face until we find freedom in Christ.  We take this journey as individuals and also together as the people … Read More

Get a Glimpse of God in the Storm Clouds

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I hate storm clouds!  They rearrange my agenda, and ruin my plans for being outside.  They remind me that I am not in control.  Clouds never represent something pleasant, welcome, or desirable.  This is also true of my life: storm clouds ruin my plans.  I want things to go the way I envision them; I want life to be predictable … Read More

Power Up with Patience

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I am not a very patient person.  I am always in a hurry.  The Lord has been teaching me to slow down and be patient, think it through, and look to see things more clearly. In the slowing down, I am learning that patience acts in the face of something that is not right.  It is a curious opposite to … Read More