Becoming Alive: Reflections from One Thousand Gifts

I can say without a shadow of a doubt the Lord has used Ann’s story and her words to help shape and mold my cold heart. I didn’t realize how much I needed to hear these words until I had finished. I was dead coming alive. I feel once again I know what it is to live alongside God, to experience His love and adore His presence.

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Is God Good?

I spoke it softly, firmly questioning it with every fiber of my being. I spoke it to the four walls of my bedroom, my pillow, to the kitchen sink and to the couch, my home filling with doubt, insecurity, anger and bitterness. My answer was no, a resounding no. No God is not good, at least not to me.

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Reflections on Burial

We buried my grandmother yesterday. Death is an odd thing. It’s something most of us don’t have to confront everyday. The loss of a loved one leaves a wound, a hole that cannot be filled. It’s permanency is frightening. It’s inevitability is shaking as we are faced with our own mortality.

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My Story of Salvation

My church story began long before I was born. It has a lineage of Lutherans, tied together by blood, mother to daughter. I was born into that history; a lifetime of hymns and pews, Gospel readings and acolytes. Shortly after my birth, I officially became a member, welcomed into an existing family, a community of people strung together by Sundays. I was dressed in white and sprinkled with my mother and father, godparents and congregation welcoming me in.

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Our Story of Fighting

We have a history of fighting unfair. Our story is littered with hushed arguments and slighted tones, cold shoulders and growing bitterness. You won’t hear slammed doors or raised voices in our house. Nope. We’ve inherited the habit of beating a dead horse and shutting down. I’m an unfair fighter by nature. I’m an…

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7 Tips for Fighting Fair

I feel unqualified to write this post. But maybe it’s in my unqualified state that I’m truly able to write what needs to be said. Maybe in my honesty, in my transparency, you’ll see that you are not alone, that there is another couple just like you struggling to fight fair. Let me start by saying EVERYONE fights.

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My Journey of Body Image Issues

For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with body image. It wasn’t a struggle on the scale as much as a struggle with the image in the mirror. I felt the expectations from my family to look a certain way not because they wanted me to look different but rather they told me what I was and I didn’t agree.

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The Faithful Among the Faithless

The book of Judges is not a popular book read from the pulpit or at home. It's a book of betrayal, faithlessness, idolatry, sin, and pain. It's a dark time for the Israelites. They are not far removed from Egypt where their ancestors were enslaved to Pharaoh, witnessed the miracles of the plagues and the red sea, the scribing of the commandments, bread from Heaven in the desert, and conquered cities...

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Happily Ever After Does NOT Exist

The story of two people falling in love, overcoming all odds to find happiness and live happily ever after is a MYTH, a legend, a well known story but false and inaccurate. The assumption is made that the happy couple live out the rest of their days in constant happiness, at least that’s what they say. Every “good” story ends with “and they lived...

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