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Posts Tagged: forgiveness

10 Gifts Our Shepherd Gives Us

  holds a special place in my heart. It says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.”   On my fiftieth birthday, I sat in my backyard with Bible and journal in hand. “God, please give me a theme verse for my next 50 years,” I prayed. Psalm 23:1 instantly came to… [ read more ]

The Perfect Christian

Hi! I’m still in Romania. On Monday and Tuesday, our team will serve children and do home visits in a village a couple hours’ drive from Resita. This has become an annual event that complements the work our career staff are doing in the area. We’ll drive back to Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday. On Thursday,… [ read more ]

Worship with a Kiss

I know, I know…Christmas proper has come and gone. Still, it’s nice to linger a little longer. Why rush the season away, right?   I recently read the lyrics from a carol titled, “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti.   Angels and archangels may have gathered there, Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; But… [ read more ]

Becoming Unoffendable

    When someone hurts us, our tendency maybe to withdraw from the relationship. While this might be necessary in some circumstances, plain ol’ pride often prompts us to walk away.   If we don’t withdraw, we might lash out in self-defense, saying or doing something we later regret. Again, pride’s the culprit.   Perhaps… [ read more ]

3 Actions to Take When We Feel Mistreated

I read an email this morning about a pastor who’s invested his life in his congregation but who’s now, quite frankly, being shafted by a disgruntled deacon. Sometimes ministry stinks.   Sometimes life stinks.   Stuff happens. Misunderstandings crop up within churches, in the workplace, and in families. We see circumstances through one lens; others… [ read more ]

A Hard Heart? Who—Me?

  The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. During that time, they saw God perform numerous miracles on their behalf. Imagine witnessing manna fall from heaven every morning, water gush from rocks upon command, and the Red Sea part to reveal dry land.   You’d think witnessing incredible acts of God would have… [ read more ]

A Key to Forgiving Someone Who Hurts You

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your ability to forgive someone who’s wronged you? The lower end of the scale represents, “Forgive? Seriously? He/she doesn’t deserve forgiveness!” The upper end represents, “Forgive? Sure, no problem. ” I fall somewhere in the middle. The more hurtful the offense, the more I… [ read more ]

Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

  Not everyone who calls out to me, “Lord! Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7:21 NLT)   Good intentions are good, but they’re not good enough. That’s true for every aspect of life. Here are a few examples:… [ read more ]

31 Days of Promises, Praises and Prayers — Day 3

Enjoy the 31 Days of Promises, Praises, and Prayers — my gift to you while we count down the days until “Morning Moments with God: Devotions for the Busy Woman” releases on New Year’s Day.