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What I Want to Tell My Mom Today

What I Want to Tell My Mom Today

Reading Time: 3 minutes We were all amazed you hacked heaven out of a patch of dirt between a parking lot filled with second-hand cars and the apartment building you managed filled with second-hand people. You loved both the roses and the people nearly equally. I don’t know if you know, that rose garden is still there, seventeen years after you last fertilized it. Thank you, Mom. You reflected a beautiful but hardscrabble God to us in that rose garden and in your very life! I love you.

Why Conquering Your Fears Won’t Make You Fearless

Why Conquering Your Fears Won’t Make You Fearless

Reading Time: 6 minutes Through their fear God was drawing close to them as they faced powerful enemies, dark nights, deep depression, doubt, frustration, hunger, and desolation. In their trouble, God spoke not demands but comfort. “I am with you. I will fight for you.” God spoke this comfort as a father sitting on the edge of his child’s bed during a terrifying thunder storm. He pulls the sheets up tight and whispers, “Fear not. I’m here. We’re in this together.”

One Word That Will Spiritually Transform Your Life

One Word That Will Spiritually Transform Your Life

Reading Time: 6 minutes Words carry more than the power we invest in them. Sometimes they tote intrinsic weight. And when words are God-breathed! They live, their meaning not static but layered and complex and powerful! And as the Hebrew writer says, God-breathed words cut us like a surgeon, meat from gristle, truth from pretext.

How to Help God Transform Your Fear to Hope

How to Help God Transform Your Fear to Hope

Reading Time: 5 minutes Fear not! God has been here before. God stands ready, waiting for us—the orchestra—to pause and let the Soloist play. Unfortunately, if we play on, heedless to the signal, we leave God no room to perform. The musical score lies before us. Our participation with God in the silence can transform our fear to hope. The choice is ours.

Are You Afraid and Lonely? Pray!

Are You Afraid and Lonely? Pray!

Reading Time: 5 minutes Prayer is to our relationship with God as sex is to a relationship with a spouse. Like sex, prayer can skim along the surface and be about what you get out of it. Or it can be intimate, vulnerable, passionate, diving deep into the mystery of two becoming one.

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