Category Archives: kingdom of God

The Hiding Place– Corrie ten Boom Learns to Forgive

“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32, NLT Great hearts are often shuttled through experiences with intense forgiving. The Father tutors us through out our earthly lives, … Continue reading

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Of Bruises and Crushings

“I will put enmity between you and the woman,     and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall crush your head,     and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 “The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy.” … Continue reading

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Learning to Walk, Again

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4, NLT Life is chock full of mysteries, so much is unknown.  … Continue reading

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Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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The Lady and the Knight in Shining Armor

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph. 4:32 “It’s unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn’t have to say this, but I really like human beings who have suffered. They are … Continue reading

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Walking the Tightrope

As a person with a mental illness, it seems my issues are a matter of extremes.  Life seems uncontrollable; the wheels seem to always ready to come off of the wagon.  It strikes me as a semi-crazed place to be.  I look at the “norms” … Continue reading

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I Still Grieve (But I Now I’m at Peace)

‘Who gathered this flower?’ The gardener answered, ‘The Master.’ And his fellow servant held his peace.” It was November 13th, in the year of our Lord 1999, was unlike any day I have ever experienced. A beating with a baseball … Continue reading

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