Viewing God Through Circumstantial Lenses

When Kristen was first diagnosed, I wondered why. Why, God? Then my Why, God turned to Did you cause this, God, or did you simply allow it? Cause or Allow? It was important to me, because it shaped who God was for me. I was swimming in a pool of disillusion. My circumstances were reshaping …

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My favorite name of God: Yahweh

Yahweh. The early Jews considered this name so holy they didn't even say it aloud. This name is to be highly revered. In my Bible, it's easy to simply read past it, mistaking it for "Lord." But it's in all capital letters: LORD. It's like a call to action -- Stand at attention! Or, maybe …

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Do I Speak Stress or Jesus?

  “You jerk!”   When Kristen yelled those words at her dad, he and I both gasped. Rick looked at me, wide-eyed, as if to say, Where did that come from? Heat crept up my neck. My face burned.   I knew exactly where that came from. Me.   Jerk.   It was my word. …

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How accessible is God?

I read something the other day and I couldn't get it out of my mind. Not because it was cute or witty. But because it was a contrast to the truth. It went like this:  "The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, …

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Stormy Waters

Decades ago, my grandma painted a haunting scene in beautiful shades of grays and blues. The drama on the canvas has always fascinated me. Against a backdrop of gauzy mountains, there are three figures in a small boat, buffeted and tossed by white-capped waves. Their desperation is palpable. They're suspended in mid-motion, no easy resolution …

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More than lunch

Yesterday, I had one of those lunches that make you want more.   It wasn't the food. It was the company, and the conversation, and our common calling.   Most of the women seated around the table were strangers to me, at least in person. I knew them online to a small extent, because we …

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Unity

  In my quiet time, I'm following the First 5 study on Acts. The early church's unity, devotion, and the way they sold off their possessions to support each other is foreign to us. But it's refreshing, too. When was the last time we showed that level of devotion? Those new believers were unified by Christ's …

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