Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack – Book Review

I began following Alia Joy on social media before I knew she had authored a memoir that would resonate with my soul and help me reconnect with clarifying experiences of my past.  Early in her book, Alia Joy bathes her story with fresh perspective on why we need to own our stories because they are who we’ve come to be. She says, “Words are so simple. Just letters strung together. And yet they shift heaven and earth. They explode galaxies. They have life and death contained in each strand, graced …

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Within Tolerance

“Be still my soul, the Lord is on your side” … “In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.” Hovering between sleep and the first dawn of day, those songs made paths through my memory. To understand, you need the backstory. I don’t drive very often, and never when there’s a hint of poor driving conditions. Two years ago, I left my house with the sun shining and no hint of snow. I parked my car, entered the store and two hours later things had changed dramatically. As I …

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Construction …. The End

I am now officially weary of our construction project. Superman has nothing on me because I’ve become an expert at jumping over hurdles with a single bound. Have you ever felt like this? Running behind on everything, half done tasks, watered down commitments, little mountains of clutter everywhere, turbulence! Blame it on the upheaval of construction – it’s just been going on too long now.  But I know that’s not it, not entirely. The chaotic surroundings contribute, but sometimes I think it’s the symptom of something much deeper. Avoiding has …

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Aiming for Purpose

What happens if I don’t get it right? Have you ever asked yourself that question? There are so many choices to be made in a day; decisions ranging from the minor to the major. What if I get it wrong? Sometimes don’t you wish you could hand God a blank piece of paper and say, “Could you just fill it out for me, so I can see what you want me to do?” That would be so much easier, wouldn’t it? God could have created the dynamics of our interactions …

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What-if?

I was reading a post by a young woman of 17 who I consider wise beyond her years, when she asked a valid question.  Although very young she was through high school and had already taken college classes.  She was contemplating very honestly:  What will I do with my life?  That struck me because as I approach the twilight of my career, I look back to the days many years ago when I first began to question my destiny.  I still sometimes wonder, what will I do with the remaining years of my …

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Whose will?

“The will of God will not take you where the peace of God will not keep you.”  A few weeks ago I quoted that from a television program. In that statement is the desire of all of us, isn’t it? To live in God’s favor; to have peace and contentment; to know that our choices are inside His will.  “The will of God will not take you where the peace of God will not keep you.”  Until recently I had a misconception about that statement. I narrowly thought that the …

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Change!

It must be the season! Do you see it too? Every day someone is urging me to change. Change what, exactly? What if I like me and don’t want to change?  Relax.  This is neither a philosophical nor motivational post about all the things wrong with your life. In fact, it’s just the opposite. I believe we can all be satisfied with who we are and be our own cheerleader while making little adjustments in our navigation to improve the course we’re on. OK so those little adjustments probably mean …

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Heading for an Extreme Makeover!

It must be Friday. How do I know? What gave it away? Running behind on everything, half done tasks, watered down commitments, little mountains of clutter everywhere, turbulence! Blame it on Friday – five days into a too busy week.  Freaky Friday! But I know that’s not it, not entirely. Sometimes I think busy is the symptom of something much deeper. Busy is easy. It gives me a way out of doing things I don’t want to do, but I struggle with the chaotic rule busyness has over my life.  …

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Refining Grace