Is it possible to see through dark?

Is it possible to see through dark?

In this war Our enemy likes to keeps us off kilter. Spinning our heads. Tossing in grenades of worry.  Obstacles meant to keep us from moving forward with purpose. Yet the greatest warrior king of all time beckons us to trust. Shedding fear and doubt. Shouting strength and giving glory to God. The one who is our armor For all He can do. All things are possible. Right? Sometimes it doesn’t seem to be so. Some days it seems like the dark clouds are covering all the light. How do we keep going when we can’t see? He can see. He is stronger. When nothing makes sense.  Today may you trust more than you can see. And may you be light for another to see in the dark.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Ope

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What is the opportunity cost of finding a better marriage?

What is the opportunity cost of finding a better marriage?

Psychologist Barry Schwartz in his now-classic TED talk on the paradox of choices identified a slightly twisted form of Opportunity Cost as one of the downsides to the endless choices we have (indeed, we demand) in our culture today. “The imagined alternatives induce you to regret the decision you made and the regret subtracts from the satisfaction of your choice even if it was a good decision.” Further, “The more options there are, the easier it is to regret anything disappointing about the choice you made.” Now let’s connect this rather sad truth of our human difficulty in remaining emotionally committed to the simple choice of a dinner entrée or a car … to our marriages. Hang with me while I link this thinking to the study we are digging...

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Top Ten To My Teenage Self

Top Ten To My Teenage Self

I have enjoyed the ministry of Emily Freeman’s Dear Me.  I’m late for her submission, but here goes. As I finally sit down to non-chalantly toy with the concept, I’m more in the mood for a list than a letter. It might be because it’s Friday night and we’re watching an odd animated movie by a cozy fire. Or it might be that if I tried to write a full letter, it would never end… and, besides, that’s my Scandalous memoir. So instead, I thought it’d be fun to combine two ideas: a Top Ten list and a Letter to My Teenage Self. Let’s call it licensed fusion. Plus, if I’m speedy about it, I can make it more emotionally benign. [Disclaimer over.] Dear Teenager Suzy, Listen carefully and let it sink in...

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Don’t Miss The Miracle

Don’t Miss The Miracle

If you miss the impossible power of the miracle, you won’t see God. Yes, that’s it. This is where I must stay today. I’m now beginning the wonderful new book by our wise pastor Jim Samra. God Told Me is new jam-packed teaching on listening for guidance from God. “He is a better guide for our life than we are.” I know: lots of folks don’t want to give quite that much power to God. They wince when they hear that God controls all things because it feels like humans are insignificant or puppet-like.  We’d rather be The Power. It’s much more comfortable to assume control. We’d rather hold fast to the idea that we are all little gods in control of the energy around us and cling to karmic truth alone and live in harmony with nature. Right....

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Now That’s Worship

Now That’s Worship

SUNDAY MORNING JULY 1, 2012 I thought we’d know by now. I expected to have more clarity, to have finished more, to have a better understanding of the next step. For it is in this hope that we are saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.* Ahhh yes.  Patiently.  It seems that we are always waiting for something, right? Waiting for an answer, waiting for our worry or pain to go away, waiting for our kids to listen (ha), waiting for our friend to heal, waiting for something better to happen that gives us an easier path. Today, I choose to make my anticipation be my worship.  I release the desire for a certain outcome, and focus my desire on...

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