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In Others’ Words: Learning to Live with Brokenness

In Others’ Words: Learning to Live with Brokenness

Brokenness fascinates me. It seems the theme of brokenness intrigues a lot of people — a lot of writers, to be specific. Elisa Morgan wrote about it in her book The Beauty of Broken. Then there’s Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Henry T. Blackaby’s Brokenness: The Heart God Revives; Finding God’s Blessings in Brokenness  by Charles Stanley; and of course Ann Voskamp’s best-sell... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

  Mention “theme,” and most people are transported back to English class, when the teacher asked, “What is the theme of this book?” Some of us had fun with this question about the central idea in a novel or short story or poem or play, and some of us started counting the days until summer vacation. And then some of us … well, some of us became writers. And we pon... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

Honest relationships are the best … and honest relationships are hard to come by.  I have to choose to completely trust someone before I open up to them and show them who I am — the good, bad, and the broken. And when I do that, I hope the other person respects what I’ve shared by believing me. I don’t want to have to prove anything. Or repeat myself,  reminding them of wha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Hearing the Silence

In Others’ Words: Hearing the Silence

Sometimes it isn’t so much what we say as it is what we don’t say. I used to to think the more I said, the better chance I had of winning an argument … of influencing people and making friends … and yes, well, making my point. Talk, talk, talk meant effect, effect, effect, right?  Wrong. The power of persuasion doesn’t always lie in our words. No. Sometimes our most p... Read More »

In Others’ Word: So You Think You Can

In Others’ Word: So You Think You Can

“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” Thinking “I can” gets you nowhere — no matter how many times you mentally repeat those words. At some point, thinking has to become plowing … I mean, doing.  I’m stating the obvious today, aren’t I? But how many “I think I cans” have we walked away from? Our thoughts never become actions. The... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Far are You Going?

In Others’ Words: How Far are You Going?

Fear has motivated me to do things. Fear of losing someone I care about or of losing their approval — has caused me to do and say certain things. Sometimes I’ve even chosen to violate my personal values in the hopes of satisfying someone else’s expectations. That’s an ugly truth, but I strive to be honest with you all on this blog. The desire to overcome fear has pushed me ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Three Kinds of Trouble

In Others’ Words: Three Kinds of Trouble

There are good quotes and there are meaningful quotes … and then there are quotes that hit you right in the solar plexus, forcing you to pay attention. Today’s quote by H.G. Wells hit me hard: “Some people bear three kinds of trouble — the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.”  Wells made me realize how sometimes I try to live ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Revved Up or Relaxed

In Others’ Words: Revved Up or Relaxed

I experienced the whole “stuck in overdrive” ordeal  for real yesterday. I was driving on the highway when my car started revving up and, even when I tried to brake, the car wouldn’t slow down. I was coming up on my exit — and a red light — in a minute or less, and praying my car would stop even as I imagined my car driving straight into the intersection and oncoming ... 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: Why I’m Thankful for 6 A.M.

Funny thing about this blog … I almost gave up on posting it. I’ve had trouble with PicMonkey, the program I use to design my graphics. For the past two weeks, when I try to save my images, the program freezes. Then I have to shut down my computer and start all over again. Tonight that happened not once, not twice, but three times. Yeah, I was so done with my post on what I was thankfu... Read More »

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