It's My Fault

“It’s my fault” may be some of the most powerful words we ever speak. As we take care of that plank in our own eyes, we build bridges with those we care about and give them a safe place to deal with their sawdust.

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Avoiding Friendly Fire

…healthy connection has be in place before correction can be well received. Those we feel obligated to counsel have to believe without a doubt that we are rooting for them to succeed. The underlying message must be “I believe in you, and the two of us can take on this issue together”. 

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Walking Wounded

The rasp of velcro being pulled apart announced the reappearance of "the Boot", as it is known at our house. Ten days ago I had to strap an air cast on my leg again, after a painful ankle sprain. This is a fairly regular event for me, due either to weak ankles or my tendency to move too fast.

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Singing In The Cell

I received the upsetting news of a good friend's cancer diagnosis by telephone. She asked that this message be passed along to those of us praying for her, "What God gives us is always good. It may be hard, but it is good."

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Kindergarten Rebel

Those of us who are parents know that we often fail to administer discipline well. Mixed in with our desire to save our kids' future difficulty is our own complex mix of feelings such as frustration, hurt, or embarrassment. Due to our imperfection and their immaturity, kids often see discipline as an angry response rather than helpful guidance. Most of us carry that warped view of discipline into our adult lives. 

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A Blanket, A Bush, And Healing

A week ago I had been giddy with excitement over my pregnancy and looking forward to a fun weekend at an out-of-town wedding with my husband. Now I was recovering from a miscarriage, suffered alone at a strange hospital while my husband played the trumpet processional for a bride. The chilly, gray November day mirrored the lifelessness I felt.

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Dirty Diapers And Clean Hearts

Recently, the way I have been interacting with my teens has not been working well. My attempts at routine suggestions or corrections result in conflict.  Both parties leave the encounters feeling hurt and angry. Yet when God shows me where I am wrong in these situations, I inwardly scream “I don’t want you to change me!”

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Only Mostly Dead

There are so many wonderful words that start with “re”, that speak hope to us.  Rebirth, renewal, reconciliation, restoration, refresh, and rejuvenate come to mind.  I’m sure you could think of more. God is the author of all that is contained in that precious prefix. 

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