Becoming Sanctified

When Life Doesn’t Hand You Lemons

When Life Doesn’t Hand You Lemons

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From the back seat of my car come the melodious sound of my children’s voices. “AHHHHH!! MOM!!! The battery on my tablet just DIED!”  “JACK! STOP IT!”  “Stop what?” “THAT! STOP!” “I’m not doing anything!”  “WHY WON’T YOU STOP!?!?” “MAMA!! My battery!!”  “MOM! Jack is annoying me, ON PURPOSE!” “No, NO, No, I’m not. Brenn is just angry because I…

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Peace: It’s a Gift, Not a Goal.

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I’m 37 years old now. That’s three short years away from 40. Earlier today it’s occurred to me, that the year I turn 40 will also be the year (supposedly) that our family receives a new Air Force assignment, packs up our worldly goods (and children, and dog) and moves away from Alaska. Thus, all the emotions about midlife and…

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Do I Condemn When I Should Show Compassion

Do I Condemn When I Should Show Compassion

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I’m reviving a post that I wrote a few years ago. I do this because yesterday I was re-convicted (is that a word?) about my attitude towards people I naturally tend to judge. Working in a city hospital means that I encounter many patients who have made lifestyle choices which seem to slowly and painfully demolish their lives. For the…

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When Fear Threatens (Like, Everyday)

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I hate fear. I literally hate the feeling that I get in the pit of my stomach right before I walk towards the pulpit to preach, or that moment before I have to make a decision that I’m unsure about, or the frantic second prior to doing something I hadn’t planned for. I am far too familiar with the words…

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I Should Probably Let Her Know

I Should Probably Let Her Know

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This may come as a surprise for most of you, but sometimes I can be really cynical—downright darkly sarcastic at times. (What? You knew that already?!) This sarcastic urge significantly increases whenever Christmas paraphernalia starts showing up in stores. I see the words “love” and “peace” scrolling across electronic signs or plastered all over store windows, usually next to the…

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God Makes Messy Things Beautiful

God Makes Messy Things Beautiful

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Happy 2017! On Jan 31, I decided to go to bed before 12:00….because…I’m old. But I couldn’t fall asleep. As I lay there I thought about new year’s resolutions. What were mine going to be? It’s a question that I had been mulling over for a few days. And in that moment, the Lord brought a simple child’s song to…

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