Category Archives: hope

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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Fire or Blackberries?

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes, The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning In some odd way, our lives seem to be … Continue reading

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“The Serenity Prayer” (the Full Version)

GOD, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference. ——————————-Complete addition—————————— Living ONE DAY AT A TIME; Enjoying one moment at a time; … Continue reading

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The Pruning Knife

“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” John 15:2, NLT In order to become fruitful we must accept the knife.  It … Continue reading

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Putting It Simply

“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42, ESV I tend to over-think things a lot. Everything … Continue reading

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Brokenness, Depression and Brennan Manning

I’ve put together a collection of quotes by my favorite author, Brennan Manning.  I have found that when he writes, he penetrates.  What he writes goes deep into the soul of this ex-junkie, loser, and mentally ill person—he tells me … Continue reading

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We Want to See Jesus

20 “Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told … Continue reading

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