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The Greatest Longing of the Heart August 2, 2017

There is a yearning so deep and profound that is surpasses the fun, frolicking activities that can easily fill warm summer days. It keeps me on the edge of my seat, listening for the Lord’s direction. The longing is to make a difference in this world, to bring encouragement, healing, and compassion to hurting people.   The word that came to my mind first, as I focused on the Lord, is a more basic yearning, for food, water, clothing, and…

Choosing Life – How to Talk about Suicide and Why You Should July 11, 2017

I remember the feeling of despair, when it seemed my life had no meaning, no purpose, nor value. As a 13-year-old victim of incest and a forced abortion, I felt only inconsolable pain. I could see nothing beyond the mountain of pain immobilizing me. I spoke of suicide, confiding in a friend about my despair. She encouraged me to choose to live and talked with my abuser about my fragile emotional state. That is when the almost nightly sexual assaults…

Listen & Follow May 25, 2017

I feel like a little child, fidgeting in my seat and learning how to listen to my teacher. It’s hard to focus on what my teacher is saying because my mind and body both want to take off and play. It doesn’t seem to matter that I’m approaching my sixth decade of life. I’m still like a kindergartener sitting before my teacher, the Holy Spirit. Learning to listen to the gentle whisper of the Spirit is like focusing on one…

Yes and No May 10, 2017

Indecision torments us. Indecision stands between “yes” and “no,” saying neither completely. It takes us into anxiety, depression and confusion. We lose sleep because we can’t make up our mind. At times we say “yes” on the outside and “no” on the inside. We feel obligated to comply to the wishes of another, so we carry out the task with resentment. We can say “yes” and “no” to our marriage, to our job, to ministry, to school, to parenting or…

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