Tag Archives: joy

kicked in the . . .

I was talking with a young man who is struggling in the last few weeks. I was feeling frustrated, since to me, the answers were easy to find. I challenged him that there would be natural consequences if things weren’t … Continue reading

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Make me an instrument

I had a conversation today with a woman who was very upset about things not working as she planned. I listened to her vent and I acknowledged her feelings, even agreeing that they were valid. As we discussed resolutions for … Continue reading

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As it is written

When I am facing a battle and I am unsure of winning, I find comfort in Scripture. Not the kind of comfort from looking for a verse that might be used to support a point of view, whatever it might … Continue reading

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Something’s happening here

I have been trying to think of things to write about all week. Sometimes a thought will come to mind and I will tuck it away for later, only when later comes the idea is gone. I have been feeling … Continue reading

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The funk in the room

As I have been writing these past weeks I have been wrestling with a sense of depression and hopelessness. Not over a particular thing or event, just an overall gloomy cloud that seems to follow me wherever I go. Work, … Continue reading

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speaking

This week has gone by slowly and I have reached my limit on speaking. My job requires me to speak throughout the day and by the time I leave, I feel like my words have completely been drained. I don’t … Continue reading

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Hide and seek

This time of year is difficult for a number of my friends. They struggle with memories of loved ones who have passed away. Others struggle with a table that will have one less person due to a broken relationship. People … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like. . .

There are only three weeks until Christmas Day. The snow is no where to be found and the temperature this morning was 61 degrees. It’s hard to imagine the postcard images of snow covered pine trees and ice skaters skimming … Continue reading

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swallowed up

Today I spoke with a man who was struggling with many losses. He spoke and I listened as he told of loss after loss, worry and wonder at how he would find any kind of help. At the end of … Continue reading

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Carry on, carry on

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Usually when I hear this verse, I think of praying for people in need. You know, the usual prayers of healing from injuries … Continue reading

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