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For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So, I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So, I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. (Galatians 2:19-21, NLT)

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I’ve been given a hard task—write down the lies/condemnation my heart hears and the truth that will set me free.


I approach this assignment on an ordinary weekday morning over a cup of coffee. I pull out my favorite journal and write Lies/Condemnation on one side and Truth on the other, and then I draw a black line right down the middle.


The first lie/condemnation comes easily, like a strong wind blowing through me… I’m not good enough.


It’s my signature struggle, the phrase that echoes through my mind most often. When I’ve addressed it in the past I’ve tried a simple counter argument: I am good enough.


This never seems to work. I can say the words but I don’t feel

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“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” (2 Kings 6:16 NIV)

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It was a beautiful crisp February morning when Steve and I traveled from our college town of Chapel Hill, NC to Charlotte to announce our engagement to Steve’s family. The night before, God had decorated His creation with a dusting of snow and tipped the trees with shimmering ice sickles. All of nature looked as if it were dressed for a wedding ceremony. I was sure God had done this especially for me. Ice laden trees bowed their branches all along the highway as if to sing, “Here comes the bride.”


It was one of those Southern days that couldn’t decide if it was the end of winter or the beginning of spring. As the day wore on, the

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Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3, ESV)

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My son Hunter had been home from school for days on end following the concussion he sustained in a high school basketball game. In an effort to occupy his time productively, he picked up an old interest one afternoon and invited me to join in.


The interest? Graphology.


Yep. I was pretty excited too. Wait … no. No, I wasn’t. Not really. But I strapped on my mama smile and obliged him by doing what he asked: write three random sentences on a blank sheet of paper.


He left the room with my sentences and spent well over an hour doing a thorough analysis of my handwriting. He evaluated, measured, and contrasted the angles of each letter. He observed the way

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“Be still, and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10a, NIV

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Be still.


Huh…Do I have to?


Honestly, I am not particularly fond of the word “still.” For a super productive ‘doer’ like myself, the word conjures up images of idleness, passiveness, and inactivity. It just plain goes against my grain!


Even when the word is used to describe the prolonged state of something (for example, “I still struggle with perfectionism”, or “He still hasn’t cleaned up this mess”, or “I am still waiting”) it continues to express a lack of progress, of forward motion, of gaining of new ground. None of these conditions put me at ease.


Yet in Today’s Truth, when the Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God,” it’s written as a directive to you and me,

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The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21, NIV).

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I’m a descendant from a long line of well-meaning women whose nagging is a preferred expression of love. You can calculate just how much you’re loved based on the number of times we call or text you, reminding you to wear your coat, take your medicine, or phone when you get home.


Perhaps you’re feeling like you could be a part of my family because you love to repeat requests and recap instructions or dire warnings to your loved ones. If so, welcome to my family. I’m glad you’re here!


For our first family meeting, we’re going to discuss why the people that we love don’t feel loved by our repeating words. Most of the time, our repeating words come

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Today’s Truth

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

(2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

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I am such a mess. I hate how I am. I can’t ever get a handle on this issue.


Thoughts of self-hatred coursed through my mind as I sat on the hard-tile floor and took it all in. . . Within the cabinets I’d just spent twenty minutes rearranging, there still was no semblance of organization. Papers shot out of books. Bags heaped left and right in no particular order. Shoes and knick-knacks filled the right side of the cabinet. And, worst of all, electrical cords stood like tumbleweed in the center of it all.


Regarding cleaning and organizing, my best efforts fell – way short. And this is the problem. You see, no matter what I do, everything

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Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19, NLT).

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We are continuing to learn about how to listen – specifically, about how to be quick to listen. I have learned three practices that help me be quick to listen, and help me to listen to others like Jesus listens to me:



Listen for pain.
Listen for need.
Listen for dreams.

Nothing encourages someone like listening to and encouraging their dreams. Dan Southerland could encourage dirt! Seriously! I once told him, “Honestly, I think you could find something good in Satan. He thought for a minute and then said, “Well, he is consistent.”


Years ago, I learned a great definition of the word “encourage.” To “encourage” means to “put courage in someone.” That definition of “encourage” is literally found in the history books.


From

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“Let no foul or polluting language…[ever] come out of your mouth.” (Ephesians 4:29 AMPC)

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Remember when that 1,200 miles of Alaskan shoreline was covered with black slimy crude oil by the Exxon Valdez oil spill? Eleven million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Prince William Sound and disrupted the ecological balance of nature. More than 1,000 bodies of once-bustling sea otters were littering the coast, and more than 100,000 grounded birds were gasping for air. Many of its most beautiful inhabitants, including 150 bald eagles, were killed. The once glacier-fed waters teeming with life became an oily death trap.


Just as toxins in nuclear waste facilities, city dumps, and industrial accidents wreak havoc on the environment, toxic words cause destruction to the hearts and souls of the people. Paul wrote, “Let no

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Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19, NLT). Let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair. (Psalm 79:8, NLT) Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NLT).

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We are continuing our commitment to become a better listener. Most of us are naturally slow to listen and quick to speak. As a result, learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak is no small thing. It takes time. It takes commitment. And it takes practice.


We have already looked at learning to listen for pain. Today we look at learning to listen for need.


Psalm 79 tells us that when we are in despair, God quickly listens to and meets our needs. That is the point of listening for need – to identify and, if we can, minister to the needs of those we love. To listen like God listens means we must learn to listen

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The Lord is with me; He is my helper.”

(Psalm 118:7)

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I’m not sure enough can be said about the goodness of God’s love. The psalmist celebrates it time and again in both Psalm 117 and 118. “For great is his love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.” (Psalm 117:2)


The more we know the depth of God’s love, the more courage we have to rise up in times of trial, confident in His faithfulness and strength. “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; He is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.” (Psalm

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