The Power of A Story Lived. Our past is our history.  For some, it is A Story Inflicted.  A Story Endured.  A Story Survived.  A Story To Be Forgotten.  But if we look closely enough, with the hindsight that is often 20/20, we may see that our past is really His-story (Your story, Lord) in our lives. There is nothing like Your God-encounters to bring healing and wholeness to the brokenhearted!  There is nothing like Your God encounters to bring freedom to those shackled by prisons like addiction, hatred, bitterness, self-condemnation!  There is nothing like Your God encounters to turn a Story Inflicted, Endured, Survived or Forgotten into A Story LIVED.  A Story Lived which can be… Read more »

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How could I have lived for so long, Lord — more than half of the years I could reasonably “guesstimate” I would live on Earth — and not realize I was a closet cat-lover???  I guess because I never was one… before Skippy. Maybe it was the timing of her sudden appearance some eight years ago, or the circumstances surrounding that appearance.  Who could have resisted the scared, sweet face of that obviously abandoned kitty?  Maybe it was the way Skippy so quickly and completely captured our hearts (as the parents she chose to adopt).  Not to mention the heart of Mindy, our precious dog (who Skippy immediately adopted as her older sister). Maybe it was Skippy’s quirky personality —… Read more »

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Sometimes I grieve deeply at the success Your enemy has had in misrepresenting You.  And how that “pendulum” can swing widely from one extreme to the other. I met a Christian recently who grew up in a church where all that was taught about You was anger and judgment and vengeance.  I can’t help but think this is child abuse of a different kind.  It is a miracle of Your Grace that any person like this would ever open their heart to You.  I know it isn’t obedience out of fear (of the panic kind) that You want from us.  You want a “head-over-heels” love from us… a love that trusts You completely… Read more »

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Today, I’m feeling a little like the ten spies may have felt after scouting out the Promised Land.  They saw giants in the land and gave a “bad report” because they saw themselves like grasshoppers… and they were terrified. I was at a meeting yesterday where I am considered the Leader.  I was in the presence of spiritual “giants” (in the most positive sense of the word).  There were times when I sensed people expected me to say something.  WhenI expected me to say something.  But I didn’t know what to say. I was very aware of the whispers of the enemy.  “You’re not good enough, mature enough, faithful enough, gifted… Read more »

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I’ve been dreaming a lot lately.  Trouble is, I don’t remember most of them.  I make the transition from dream-filled sleep into semi-consciousness… still vaguely aware that I have had a rather involved, content-rich dream.  Yet, in the imaginary blink of an eye (since my eyes are still closed), it vanishes. Until last night. I awoke and remembered every detail of my dream vividly.  I was having a very important conversation with a brother-in-Christ.  I have barely seen him in the last year.  I haven’t sat down to talk with him in probably longer than a year.  Yet last night, in my dream, I was having a penetrating, eternally-significant conversation with… Read more »

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FEAR has been defined as “False Evidence Appearing Real.”  But what if the evidence isn’t false? I have never seen You bring sudden destruction on a land and a people in clear and immediate fulfillment of words You spoke through Your prophet (e.g., rivers of blood, plagues of frogs and gnats and flies and hail and locusts and boils… even the death of every firstborn male).  (Exodus 7:14-12:30) I have never seen you literally part the Red Sea, so Your own people could escape imminent annihilation.  I have never seen You close the Red Sea over your enemies, bringing the sounds of their chariots, horses and terrified screams to silence.  (Exodus 14:10-28)… Read more »

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Just once, Lord, I would like to be a “fly on the wall” in a gathering of Your people… in the year 30 A.D.  How would it be similar — or different — from the gatherings I am part of today? “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together… Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all… Read more »

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I love it when You bring Your Word to life!  There are times when we know something.  We believe it in our minds, but it hasn’t yet traveled that longest distance on Earth — the distance between our minds and our hearts.  Then there are other times when we don’t just know something, we become it… even just for a fleeting moment. Like today.  I was in a meeting.  Not just any meeting.  A significant meeting at a “kairos” moment — an opportune moment when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action.   It was a meeting You had orchestrated, Lord… for a purpose. “Then we will no longer be… Read more »

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I don’t know if it will make any difference. I have a meeting with a good friend on Monday.  My friend loves You dearly, Lord.  I know You feel the same way about my friend.  I guess that’s why You arranged for this meeting between us.  To talk about the path my friend is on — a path that is leading downhill.  Instead of speaking grace and truth to those in my friend’s sphere of influence, my friend is speaking a combination of grace and error.  The path we are on really matters.  My friend’s path leads to nowhere good. What am I to say, Lord?  And how willing will my friend… Read more »

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I remember when I was not quite a “teeny-bopper.”  (Yes, Lord, it was a long time ago… but not THAT long!!!)  🙂  The Beatles were taking the world by storm.  I went to the very first showing of their first movie, “A Hard’s Day’s Night,” in Washington DC at the RKO Keith’s movie theater.  The theater was packed with teenage (and younger) girls, all jumping up and down and crying and screaming at the top of their lungs.  OK… at the top of our, lungs.  I, too, had waited in line for hours to get in. Yes, I was “into it” BIG-TIME!!!  I did the same thing when The Beatles came to DC for their first stateside gig… Read more »

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