Category Archives: Very helpful

Still Figuring It All Out, [Hopeful Wisdom]

And I’m Still Learning I’ve learned — 1 that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them. I’ve learned — 2 that no matter how … Continue reading

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Running the Good Race, [Endurance]

23 “The Lord directs the steps of the godly.     He delights in every detail of their lives. 24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,     for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24, NLT We are each on a … Continue reading

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Help Me to Understand My Tears, [Trouble]

In 1895 Andrew Murray was in England suffering from a terribly painful back, the result of an injury he had incurred years before. He was staying with some dear friends. One morning while he was eating his breakfast in his … Continue reading

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Is He Your Friend, or a Doctrine? [Friendship]

“A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.”   ~D.L. Moody This can be a … Continue reading

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An Inconvenient Madness, [A Broken Believer]

Very simply, bipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings that are defined by major shifts between incredible mania and clinical depression. It’s usually intense and quite disabling. Depression: There are days when I wake up and I don’t like what … Continue reading

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Mother Teresa’s Heart, [Mercy]

“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,     and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy,     and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8, NLT These are all … Continue reading

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All About Flawed Lives, [Hope]

“Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in … Continue reading

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