Category Archives: brokenness

Harmless Doves, [Opting Out of Cynicism]

cynical, (a definition) sinikəl/adjective 1.  believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity    or integrity. Contemptuous; mocking.         “her cynical attitude”         “he gave a cynical laugh” 2. concerned only with … Continue reading

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I’m Deeply Loved, [and Forgiven]

“My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” ― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel This quote rings resoundly within this heart of mine. … Continue reading

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The Real Treasures, [Weaknesses]

As Christians often our theology tells us that mental illness, depression, and bipolar disorder have no place in the believer’s life.  So we hide, sneaking into our sessions with our therapists, and change the subject to minimize our exposure to … Continue reading

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Tough Love: The Ragamuffin Gospel, An Excerpt

The Ragamuffin Gospel  by Brennan Manning Tough love is a love that won’t let go. Sometimes, it has to be ‘velvet on an iron fist’. It is caring enough not to be manipulated or controlled. The truth must be spoken— … Continue reading

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Mundane Atrocities, [Woundings]

“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 We often carry in our hearts the woundings from other’s actions and sins. We will typically respond in different ways. Some insulate themselves, … Continue reading

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Cleaning the Stables, [Becoming Holy]

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us,not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

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His Eyes On Us, [The Ministry of Jesus]

 “When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles … Continue reading

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