Becoming Sanctified

Give Them Grace

Give Them Grace

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I am re-reading a few of my favorite parenting books this fall. Sometimes the road through motherhood becomes a little foggy to me, and I take those times as an indication that I need to re-focus.  To make sure that I am heading in the biblical direction. Anyhow, I thought that as I read I would share some of the…

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The Joy of Repentance

The Joy of Repentance

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I hope that there are very few of you who will ever see me right after I have committed a huge error. Whether I make them knowingly or by mistake, my errors inspire extreme defensiveness about the whole situation. It’s the way my mind works. I generate reasons that the action was not (solely) my fault. There were extenuating circumstances…

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The Eternal Optimism of the Unstained Mind

The Eternal Optimism of the Unstained Mind

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One of the things that first attracted me to Liz was her indomitable optimism. She was always encouraging, empathetic. . .and optimistic. With a sunny smile, this strange creature would say things like “everything will be fine,” “I’m sure that won’t happen,” or the less common “I’m sure your world won’t dissolve into an abyss of wretched pain tomorrow at…

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I’m All Shook Up

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A speaker shakes an open water bottle in front of his audience and then asks, “Why did water spill out of this bottle?” On hearing the obvious answer, “because you shook the bottle” he shakes his head. Then he re-asks with pointed emphasis, “Why did water spill out of this bottle?” This visual metaphor sticks in my head these days….

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“I Don’t Know About This”

“I Don’t Know About This”

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Those are the timorous, fearful words my son often says to me when I read to him or we watch a movie together. He says them “when the plot thickens,” that is, when it looks like the hero/protagonist might be caught, or hurt, or fail. He turns away from the story and looks right at me and says the words…

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Can’t You See It’s Raining?

Can’t You See It’s Raining?

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How does God prove his love and goodness to people in times of great sadness?   Here’s how he proved it to me as I was driving to work yesterday morning. It was a somewhat rainy, dreary day. My grandmother had passed away two nights before, and I had spent the previous evening making travel arrangements for the funeral. And…

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