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We Sometimes Need Help to Walk Out Forgiveness

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you’re anything like me, forgiving can be difficult.  You want to forgive.  You say you forgive, but then old offenses flood your brain against your will at the most inopportune times and you wonder if you really did forgive.  You wonder if you really can forgive. We sometimes need help to walk out forgiveness Read More

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Plenty Big Enough to Dream

Reading Time: 4 minutes On January 5th, 2018, I received an email from a friend full of encouraging words including these four, “You are a dreamer.”  She couldn’t have known I had entered a new season of dreaming and planning. And every time I did dream, a question came to mind with accusing tone, “Who do you think you Read More

I have a point of view. You have a point of view. God has view.

Madeleine L'Engle

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Comparison Can’t Compete

Reading Time: 3 minutes In my church seat on a Sunday morning, aching to be included in God’s work, Comparison whispers in my ear, “God loves her more – look at all the beautiful and wondrous ways he partners with her in life.”  He’s not referring to anyone specifically. He’s talking in generalities, although a few faces of beautiful Read More

Seedling in Woman's Hands

The Practice of Moving in Slow Motion

Reading Time: 3 minutes I made a quinoa salad, which requires the preparation of many ingredients. I found myself rushing the work.  It was Sabbath.  I had hoped to finish all my work the day prior so I could truly rest on this day. I had failed yet again. My Sunday afternoon was spent reminding myself of the logic Read More

Tackling my to-do list is like solving a math word problem. The first step is to go ahead and cross out everything that's irrelevant.

Amy Burgin

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Don’t Look Back in Regret Thus Paralyzing Your God-Given Capacity to Preserve

Reading Time: 5 minutes Adults and children gather in the living room, lining up kitchen chairs against the fireplace.  The older girls stand, dancing their arms while we sing “This is Amazing Grace.” Little girls look up to the big girls and imitate.  One mother cups her hands around her little girl’s, synchronizing little arms in the dance. My Read More

How could a woman as weak as I
Lift a name as weighty as yours
High on peaks I cannot reach
This is the miracle I do seek

Amy Burgin

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If I Make My Bed in Hell, You Are There!

Reading Time: 3 minutes When we’ve made a wrong and regretful choice that brings unpleasant consequences, we sometimes hear that dreadful command, “You’ve made your bed. Now lie in it!”  Sometimes it comes from a family member or friend and sometimes we hear it in our own heads. It’s such a rude rebuke. It’s not God’s way. Certainly, consequences Read More

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Calling Forth Life From the Deep While Standing on the Surface

Reading Time: 4 minutes When my oldest daughter fell into the deep abyss we call the “Junior Year of High School,” I freaked out.  The workload was intense with multiple Advanced Placement courses and she became overwhelmed to the max.  She slunk into the isolation of her bedroom often. Her straight A’s, turned to B’s, to C’s then dove Read More

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