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Sin as “self-defeating” behavior?

Sin as “self-defeating” behavior? Never thought of it that way, but that is so true. What am I doing in my life to “defeat” who God created for me to be? Rich

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Thankful this morning

Thankful this morning for those who are a part of my “community”–the ones who encourage me–offer empathy, not sympathy–and who have the courage to speak truth into my life. This kind of community is only possible if “we” show up … Continue reading

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I’m taking time this week to think ahead…

I’m taking time this week to think ahead…the benefit of actually taking a time out to get the “bigger” view…so I’m not just reacting.  I see Mother’s Day coming soon.  Here’s my question for as many people as we can … Continue reading

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You’ll read in the Preacher’s Post tomorrow morning…

  You’ll read in the Preacher’s Post tomorrow morning, I woke up yesterday morning in a foul mood.  Granted, it didn’t help the Warriors lost again Tuesday night, but at a much deeper level it was about resistance to living … Continue reading

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Life is showing up and being present.

Life is showing up and being present. The joy of vacation is fading…the energy of Easter is past. There are days best described by the weather conditions around the equatorial Atlantic–the doldrums. Yet I’m given this day to live and … Continue reading

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Another rainy day…

Another rainy day…another day of choosing my attitude through my willingness to surrender to what is rather than the way it would be if I was running the universe. But it’s the only hope I have of any joy and … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

This next Sunday I’m tackling the need to practice forgiveness in our lives. If there is one thing that is a game-changer, forgiveness may be that one thing. What’s been your experience around forgiveness? If you’re willing to risk some … Continue reading

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Pain teaches a most counterintuitive thing

“Pain teaches a most counterintuitive thing: we must go down before we even know what up is.” Lord, why can’t I just go “up.” But alas, if there is pain in my life today…Lord teach me what I need to … Continue reading

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Thankful for the Love challenge

Thankful for the Love challenge. I’m being pushed to put my faith into action–my words into practice. I’m hearing some amazing things like cookies getting baked for a grumpy neighbor. I love being part of a community trying to do … Continue reading

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Tactical breathing…

Tactical breathing…four count in…four count hold…four count out…four count rest…repeat. I’m not trying to do anything else in my daily five minutes than pay attention to my breathing. But it’s been as hard as I figured it was going to … Continue reading

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Accepting God’s grace

Accepting God’s grace and not hustling for my worthiness is my heart’s desire today. Thinking about Valentine’s Day and love, and realize once again I can’t give away what I don’t have. I can’t love my neighbor when I’m not … Continue reading

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What a weird way to live!

  What a weird way to live! The more I surrender and let go of control, the more I am empowered to live my life, and the more love and connection there is in my life. The only challenge is … Continue reading

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The assignment all of us were given…

  The assignment all of us were given was to ask for help and accept it without trying to repay and even the score. The reason is if we can’t receive graciously, we will not give graciously. We will always … Continue reading

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I’m realizing this morning…

I’m realizing this morning the abundance around me rather than looking at my life and world through the lens of scarcity. Praying for my daily bread, which will be more than enough. Letting go of my need to grab for … Continue reading

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Got sidetracked yesterday by some unexpected problems

  Got sidetracked yesterday by some unexpected problems. Forgot to breath and got into “self-will” for a bit. Not a fun place to be. Went to a 12 step meeting and got back on track. Starting a new day with … Continue reading

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