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Finding the Good in Good Friday

Finding the Good in Good Friday

Visiting the Blog Archives today. We are not built for everyone's bad news, or are we? Day after day, bad news streams into our lives. Just this week: A 22,000 lb. bomb, known as "The Mother of all Bombs (MOAB)," was dropped in the Achin district of Nangarhar province...

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One Woman’s Courage

One Woman’s Courage

While the Bible does not tell us who the wife of Pilate the governor was, the Apocryphal book, The Gospel of Nicodemus, identifies her as Claudia Procula, and a granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus. The book also says that she was a proselyte to Judaism, being among...

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Lent Strips the Self Bare

Lent Strips the Self Bare

-Taken from the Archives, Lenten Thoughts from 2012. My Lenten Haiku: Lent strips the self bare A slow steady pace forward Fresh starts and clean slates I woke up yesterday morning before dawn. Primarily because my husband had to be at work very early. Usually, his...

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The Pain of Unanswered Prayers

The Pain of Unanswered Prayers

Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,     but a sudden good break can turn life around." -Proverbs 13:12 (MSG) Hope deferred makes the heart sick,     but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." -Proverbs 13:12 (NIV) The Pain of Unanswered Prayers Tori sat...

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My One Word for 2018

My One Word for 2018

*Blog Alert: This post exceeds "normal, suggested" blog word count and finding my one word has taken a little time. This post is straight from my heart and may take a little longer to read. My prayer is that somehow my processing helps you in some little way. Take...

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The Power of a Healthy Family

The Power of a Healthy Family

To those of us who believe that all of life is sacred every crumb of bread and sip of wine is a Eucharist, a remembrance, a call to awareness of holiness right where we are. I want all of the holiness of the Eucharist to spill out beyond church walls, out of the hands...

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The Power of Forgiveness

The Power of Forgiveness

I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what that...

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The Power of Church

The Power of Church

[My heart can't let go of the tragedy that happened at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX. Their pain has given reason to pause. Today, I reflect on the power of church and ask that we continue to pray for these fine families who have lost so very much. I...

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