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Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. (Ephesians 4:31 NIV).

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I have a confession to make. When I was in high school, I never read the books we were supposed to have read in English class. I read the Cliffs Notes study guides and got by. But a decade later, I decided to go back and get that high school reading list and actually read the books! Great Expectations was one of my favorites. It showed me just what can happen with a heart that stays stuck on a solitary disappointment.


In the story, Miss Havisham is an elderly recluse who lives in a dilapidated mansion. When the main character, a young boy named Pip, is taken to her Gothic estate, he sees a dismal old brick structure with

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Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7, ESV)

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When I was a little girl, one of the highlights of every summer was going to our family reunion at White Oak Park. I loved reunions because there was always a seven-layer salad and lots of desserts. All of us kids played fun games that filled us with joy and drenched us in sweat. Then after the kid games were done, some adults would join us for a final competition: the tug-of-war.


When it came to tug-of-war, I had a strategy: wherever my dad went, I went. Because in my little-girl mind, he was superhuman strong. (I was ever the rational one.) Dad always positioned himself at the far end of the rope as our anchor, and his strength

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“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14–15)

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It was a Saturday college football game and I was doing what I like doing best—not watching the game but observing people. My seat was on the end of a long row of Carolina blue bleachers, and I had a steady flow of fans walking past me up and down the concrete steps for two-and-a-half hours. After a while, I noticed that four out of five people walking up the stands tripped on the step right in front of me and to my left. At halftime, I measured and discovered that the step was about a quarter-inch higher than the others. So, the people tripped.


Forgiveness is like that step. It’s just a little bit higher than anything else

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“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. . . Jesus wept.” (John 11:33, 35 NIV)

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I was in a season I call “scarred.” Scars on my heart as a grown child struggled. Scars on my physical body as I went through breast cancer a second time. Scars spiritually as every time I took a deep breath and thought we were out of the woods, something else hit hard.


This can be the exact time a well-meaning person might say something like this: “You shouldn’t feel that way.”


Yet the reality is you do feel that way. You are sad. You are uncertain. You might even be angry.


One colossal joy stealer is the belief that our feelings somehow disappoint God. When this is our belief, we switch to control mode. We create a plan. We put

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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5, NKJV).

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The thought of hosting a large dinner party makes me want to lock the front door and hide. It’s just not “my thing.” But my friend, Michelle, is the consummate hostess. She makes entertaining look so easy. To her, a dinner party for 50 guests is a simple feat. Just shoot me now!


One of Michelle’s favorite preparations is the dinner table. When I’m expecting company, the first guests to arrive often have the honor of setting the table or stirring something, and … you get the idea. Not Michelle. I’ve seen her table beautifully arranged days before a dinner party or holiday meal. When I asked her why she went to such elaborate lengths her answer made me

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

(Proverbs 3:5 NIV)

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Steven was three years old when he contracted a severe case of the flu. His slumped body snuggled listlessly in my lap like a worn-out rag doll. When I carried him into the medical clinic, the doctor took one look at my boy and sent us straight to the hospital. Steven was dehydrated and needed fluids immediately.


My heart ripped wide when the nurses taped a support board to Steven’s little arm and inserted the needle for the IV. Not his thumb-sucking arm, my heart winced.


“Mommy, Mommy,” Steven cried. “Make them stop! They are hurting me!”


“No, honey,” I tried to assure him with tears streaming down my cheeks. “They’re making you all better.”


“Mommy, help me!”


Steven cried. I cried. The

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“And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”

(Luke 12:11-12, NLT)

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This morning my husband laughed when he looked in his coffee cup. I had no idea why…


A little before the laughing, I had asked him, “Do you want cream?”


He said, “Yes.” So, while he was looking away, I poured in the cream. Then, I handed him the coffee, basically saying—here you go. But, when he looked down, he didn’t see anything, so he started laughing.


“Where’s my cream?” he asked. We stood there looking at the coffee.


And after a few seconds, the cream rose up to the top. Only then could my husband see what he couldn’t see before—the cream that was already there. He just had to wait for it.


Some of us are nearly there. We just have

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“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

(2 Corinthians 4:8–9 NIV)

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I sat in the dimly lit room with soft music wafting through the air, and I began to relax. No this was not the prelude to a romantic evening with my husband. It was my yearly eye exam!


If you’ve ever had an eye exam, you’re familiar with the refraction test the doctor uses to determine if you need glasses and if so, what prescription is right for you. You place your face up to a phoropter (I had to look that up. Who knew?), and then the doctor flips down first one lens, then another, while you say which of the two helps you see the letters on the wall more clearly. Lens one or lens two? Lens

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Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you.

(Jeremiah 1:5, NCV)

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We all long to be chosen, loved by someone who sees us as we really are and recognizes our worth. Right? Jeremiah’s words are a breathtaking truth for every believer:


Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV).


God chose us first … and then created us in response to that choice! How awesome is that? The plan for our life came first!


Esther was chosen by God but felt unworthy of that choice. Esther was an orphan, an insignificant and unknown Jewish girl living with her uncle, Mordecai, when she was chosen to be Queen, the wife of Persian King Ahasueras. Esther reigned for only a short time when Mordecai learned of a plot

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Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.

(Zechariah 4:10 NLT)

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Do you ever feel like only the “big” things in life matter? It can seem that way, especially around the New Year when everyone is setting goals and making resolutions. But God has a different perspective, one that can free our hearts.


Almost three years ago we moved to a new home with a little pond behind it. When the weather is nice we can hear bullfrogs declaring love and war. Turtles sun themselves like movie stars circled around a pool. And, one evening last spring, a pair of Canadian geese appeared like guests checking into their favorite bed and breakfast.


We watched the two of them build a nest. For twenty-eight days the female faithfully sat on it, undisturbed

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