Step One. . .zzz

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According to James Bryan Smith, step one for training your soul is (drum roll please): Sleep. If you’re blinking to see if you read correctly, you’re not the only one. I read Smith’s book The Good and Beautiful God years ago and I thought: “Really, sleep?!!!” My response revealed how much I failed to understand how God had created me. …

Would you throw a party for a prodigal?

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We tell God: “I wish you were dead!” But God (as Jesus) dies to restore our relationship with God (if we want). Crazy (agape) love. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) “11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property …

6 Things I learned in March

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1. God has as much to teach a parent of a teenager as the teenager of that parent. Eugene Peterson boldly claims adolescence is “God’s gift, to the parent in middle-age.” (Like some of God’s gifts, it may come disguised and requires faith to see and unwrap.) Using the story of Samuel’s call by God, Peterson reminds Christian parents “that …

3 Benefits Trials Can Reveal (if you’re open)

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God doesn’t exempt us from suffering but God promises to be with us in our suffering. (Click to Tweet.) And God promises to redeem our suffering, so our tears and pain are not wasted. Fred Quta grew up in Kenya in the 1980s. His mother, a strong Christian, died when he was three years old. Fred recalled his father “follow[ed] …

Dig down to rise up

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Digging deeper isn’t just about uncovering more dirt. When you persist and dig, you may discover buried treasure under your resistance. Last year, I looked at a package with a photo of cheery yellow and white daffodils. Ugly brown bulbs, looking like dehydrated onions, filled the bag. To prepare the bulbs to become daffodils, I bent with a spade, trying …

What did one woman’s mistake teach me about God?

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One woman’s mistake about an Apple I’s worth taught me how much God loves and values me. Do you ever misjudge your own worth or the worth of something based on externals? “In June 2015, a woman found a forgotten, old computer belonging to her deceased husband in their garage. The computer was bulky and heavy compared to today’s sleek …

Seven Things I Learned in January

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1.Can we choose to not label one another? “This is not easy. It will make us cry. The only thing that will help is if we name one another rightly. Not pro or against. Not right or left. Not terrorist or traitor. But Beloved.” –Christie Purifoy 2. The movie I most want to see: Hidden Figures. “When Americans think about …

Hope in your brokenness

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When her book released recently, I prayed many would read her book because I believe its message. Unexpectedly, our books overlapped in themes, such as hope in brokenness because of God. A friend and early reader of 7 Days of Soul Care shared the quote (below) was a favorite. Why? Because she experienced her own brokenness when she spoke with …