Tag Archives: forgiveness

When you start to harbor bitterness

Below-the-surface bitterness will eat you up, boil over from within you, burn you. Like fissures in the ground; like volcanoes. You must not harbor it. But if we’re not to harbor it, what are we to do? We’re to forgive. … Continue reading

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Bless the Lord, oh my soul!

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems … Continue reading

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anger and its hidden, unexpected purposes

“An angry retort from someone may be just the occasion we need in which to learn not only long-suffering and forgiveness, but meekness and gentleness; fruits not born in us but borne only by the Spirit.” (Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a … Continue reading

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How to throw a grown-up temper tantrum

I’m quite experienced at grown-up temper tantrums. I’ve thrown quite a few during my adult years. You’re probably surprised by that (if you know me personally) because my pity parties aren’t like lightning storms, loud for all to see. Mine … Continue reading

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washed as white as snow

I hear the Savior say, “Your strength indeed is small, child of weakness, watch and pray, find in me your all in all.” Lord, now indeed I find your power, and yours alone, can change the leper’s spots, and melt … Continue reading

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pre-schooler choices, grown-up lessons and blankets of love

My friend to her son: “Hey buddy, I’m so proud of you this morning! You’re being super sweet to your little brother. Thank you for being so kind and helpful!” His three-year-old answer: “I’m going to try really hard to … Continue reading

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He will hold them fast

Poor sinner, dejected with fear, unbosom thy mind to the Lamb; no wrath on His brow does He wear, nor will He poor mourners condemn; His arm of omnipotent grace is able and willing to save; a sweet and a … Continue reading

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Does it really matter how I talk? (part 2)

The Gossips, Sir John Everett Millais, 1889 It does matter how I talk. If I’ve learned more and more of Jesus — and I inevitably love Him more with each new discovery about Him — I want to honor Him … Continue reading

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Worth a thousand words

I’ve not been able to get this picture out of my mind. You may have seen it. The man on the left is the pope. The man on the right suffers from a disease that causes tumors to grow inside … Continue reading

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Ah ha moments

Years ago, a friend recounted her experience of that parking-lot moment any mom of preschoolers dreads. She re-played the situation for me, trying to hear for herself where she’d gone wrong, reliving both her words to her son, and his … Continue reading

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45 in the rear-view mirror

With a carload full of kids and lots of laughter from the backseat, it suddenly dawned on me that I’d not seen a speed limit sign for some time. But the divided highway had been 65 mph for miles and … Continue reading

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