Standing Outside the House

I had stayed home and didn’t wander off, but I had not yet lived a free life in my father’s house. My anger and envy showed me my own bondage. — Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son You’re likely familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. If you’ve spent...

Resisting the Domino Effect

When I asked the Holy Spirit what I could write on today, I heard, “Your mom.” My mom? What about my mom? He said, “What do you like about your mom?”  The first thing that I thought of is that she stops the domino effect.  My mom has had her fair share of trials,...

Handing Over the Heaviness

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest…For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. — Matthew 11:28-30 This week has felt heavy. For a few days I wasn’t able to put my finger on why. Nothing has...

The Ugly Weed

Overcoming Fear with God’s Love  (An excerpt from Rest for the Weary)             My struggle with fear began when I was just four years old. My friend Sarah had convinced me to explore a stairway...

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