Tag: Grace

Hard Road

I always choose the easiest route possible to my destination. If I can get their faster by traveling a longer distance, I will choose the faster road. I don’t want things to be hard. I don’t want to take the

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Moses, at the burning bush, asked Him, “What is your name?” God responded, “I am who I am.” We often refer to God as the Great I AM. Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says that our English translation is too limited.

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Wrong Direction

There is nothing worse than the realization that you are headed the wrong direction. After a long day of work and teaching, I was finally headed home. It was after 10:00 pm. It was very dark and starting to rain. I

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Little Blessings

Little blessings are often overlooked, sometimes go completely unnoticed, or worse yet are attributed to coincidence. We live in a harsh world. Disappointment can be found around every corner. It is easy to become trapped by it. We begin to dwell

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I admit it. I touch up photos whenever I can. I fuss over the lighting, but mostly I fuss over wrinkles. My photo editing options on my iPad are limited, so to remove wrinkles I would have to go to

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Intentional Kindness

Random acts of kindness are not random; they are intentional. The person acting in kindness is intentionally, thoughtfully expressing their inner joy to others. There is nothing random about it. This gift of kindness became very real to me last

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Receive Well

I struggle to receive well from others. I struggle in receiving generosity, help, and even gratitude from others. It feels uncomfortable. During my years doing mission work in Appalachia, we were taught how important it was for those we were

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Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

I recently stated reading a book by Brene Brown called The Gifts of Imperfection. I was in the first chapters when it reads, “You can’t give what you don’t have.” That sentence stopped me cold. I wrestled with it all day.

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Feeling Guilty

Is this you? You ask God to forgive you for a wrong doing. You are still feeling guilty, so you ask God again for forgiveness. You do this over and over, hoping the feeling will go away. I know I

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Transformation sounds like this beautiful process of change in one’s life. I was often told that transformation was like a caterpillar becoming a beautiful butterfly. While that is nice, to be honest, I don’t get it. I don’t know what a

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