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In Others’ Words: The Sacredness of Tears

In Others’ Words: The Sacredness of Tears

There was a time in my life when I would not allow myself to cry.  Month after month, I refused to cry, swallowing the tears burning the back of my throat. The truth is, I had a lot to cry about. Repeated loss. Ongoing loneliness. And times of dark, dark doubt. My faith wavered. I ached to the very core of my being and my soul seemed shattered. The one time I let my guard down and allowed tears to... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Delightful Impossibilities

In Others’ Words: Delightful Impossibilities

Sometimes my God is too small. Of course, it’s not Him. It’s me diminishing who He is. I forget that God is so much more than the possibilities I see before me . . . He is the God of all the impossibilities I never imagine. Forgetting who God is comes with looking down … becoming so grounded in here and now and what is that I forget God is not bound by any of those things. He is ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Holding Back the Flood of Fear

In Others’ Words: Holding Back the Flood of Fear

  Fear was a constant companion of mine last week. It was as if a predator stalked the edges of my life for days. I was unsettled. Unable to sleep. Unable to focus. My prayers seemed pathetic … disjointed … to no avail. I went to bed each night determined to be braver when I woke up, only to find myself battling fear again. Circumstances hadn’t changed — some days even... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Future Trust

In Others’ Words: Future Trust

Sometimes things just take time. I know today’s quote by theologian Henri Nouwen talks about “the fruits of [our] labors,” and yes, there are times when our efforts don’t pay off right away. Months, maybe. Even years. You’re a fine, upstanding employee … but the promotion doesn’t happen. You do all the right “writerly” things — attend con... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Questioning Faith

In Others’ Words: Questioning Faith

I know this is election day in the U.S. — but this is not an election day post. I don’t do politics on this blog or any other social media. I did vote, in case you’re wondering. And I did pray about the election. One thing I do know is, come what may today, tomorrow, the next day … God remains the same. And that truth is comforting.  There’s a funny dynamic to faith i... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Lesson in the Waiting

In Others’ Words: The Lesson in the Waiting

I came across this quote while reading a book by author Robin Jones Gunn last week. Yes, I underlined it, thinking, “This will be a great quote for a future blog post.” Today’s the day. We’ve all waited for something … counted out the seconds, minutes, hours … days, weeks, months … and rejoiced when the waiting was over and what we longed for (or who we lo... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Keeping Company with God

In Others’ Words: Keeping Company with God

There was a time, back when I was involved with teaching women’s Bible studies, that we spent an entire year studying prayer. I read a variety of books on the topic. Discussed prayer with my co-leaders. And, of course, I spent a lot of time applying what I was learning — which means I spent a lot of time praying. Of all the things we learned, the most life changing for me was the conce... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The End and the Beginning

In Others’ Words: The End and the Beginning

If we can search and find the beginning hidden in the ending … well then, the ending isn’t quite so painful. I’m facing an ending right now — an “everything is finished” kind of moment. God was gracious enough to give me a head’s up about it months ago, so I wasn’t caught off guard by it. But still, there is an ending here. And there is some sadness ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The God of Hope

In Others’ Words: The God of Hope

My understanding of God has changed through the years, but one thing hasn’t changed: I know that God is a God of hope. Do I get discouraged at times? Yes. Do I struggle against God’s plan — sometimes when it’s clear and sometimes when it’s not? Yes. Do I sometimes call myself “Oh-me-of-little-faith”? Yes. But all that stuff about me doesn’t change th... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Trusting God Whether You Fall or Fly

In Others’ Words: Trusting God Whether You Fall or Fly

Trusting God has been a major theme in my family’s life this year. I know we’re not the only people choosing to trust God as we face challenges. Some of you — dare I say all of you — could share “do I trust God or don’t I trust God?” moments. My daughter CJ chose the word “trust” as her One Word for the past school year. She said she expected t... Read More »

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