Category Archives: transparency

Traveling Mercies, [The Journey]

Things can get pretty grim just living life.  But add a disability, and suddenly blam! It gets worse.  A mental illness intensifies life, and the weird concoction of symptoms and hospitals, therapists and medications and family/friends is a bit daunting for anyone. … Continue reading

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Feet Finders, [Intimacy]

One of the more amazing studies you can do in the New Testament (Matthew-Revelation) are the people who found themselves at the feet of Jesus. Actually there is probably more than you think. There are some common dynamics that take … Continue reading

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When You Need to Cover Nakedness

“And don’t build an altar that requires steps; you might expose yourself when you climb up”. Exodus 20:26 “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 … Continue reading

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Different Ways to Fall Out of a Tree

Imagine climbing up to the top of a very tall tree. You work your way up to the highest point– you can go no further. The view is completely glorious, it’s more than you hoped for. You want to post … Continue reading

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Messy Spirituality– Mike Yaconelli

“Messy Spirituality:” A Book Excerpt by Mike Yaconelli “For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a godly person. Yet when I look at the yesterdays of my life, what I see, mostly, is a broken, irregular … Continue reading

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Mental Illness Concerns, [Illness]

As with anything, those of us with mental illness have much to consider. I believe that God will direct us through these issues. And these are not static things. It isn’t “one and your done”– these are ongoing. They never … Continue reading

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Almost Holy, [Almost]

“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is … Continue reading

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