Category Love and Grace

Recovery from Hate

Hate is a drug. Hate is so addictive nothing else matters. We cannot see our addiction or acknowledge it. We do not understand we have a problem nor that we are addicted. Hate becomes more important to us than family or job or sanity or God. We need a twelve step program, but we must […]

Sea Walls

“We all build internal sea walls to keep at bay the sadnesses (sic) of life and the often overwhelming forces within our minds. We build these wall stone by stone over a lifetime. One of the most difficult problems is to construct these barriers of such a height and strength that one has a true […]

Falling Short

“I often fall short of my own standards.” Senator John McCain There is a desperation in the faces of the boys reaching upward. It is I’m certain how Senator McCain sometimes feels when he falls off his own path; yet he courageously gets back up and trudges back to the path of his own standards […]

The Woman at the Well is Me

First, I didn’t know what to write in this blog, so I remained silent for a time and asked the Spirit to lead me. This is the title that came out, and I had to ponder why. And this blog is filled with whys. But the Spirit answers them all by revealing the intention of […]

Forgiving My Father

My father had bipolar disease. How do I know? I know because I have bipolar. My father was never diagnosed with manic depression; he was born in 1911 and died in 1982 and at his death had been disabled for about four years from several previous heart attacks and strokes and adult onset diabetes. Growing […]

Running on Empty

I’m scheduled for surgery in eleven days. While on the one hand I look forward to it, on the other hand, I am anxious because surgery is extremely serious. I will be “under” for about five hours. Outwardly, I have lots of energy; I’ve been extremely productive over the past couple of weeks. Inside, however, […]

Imagine

Several years ago, in a Bible Interpretation class, my instructor asked us to close our eyes and imagine what it might be like if Jesus walked in the door at that very moment. He gave us two minutes to fully immerse ourselves in the experience. Then we shared our thoughts and emotions. Many of us […]

While Chaos Looms

While chaos looms and swirls above and all seems hopeless now, the Lord has your heart in His hands and to you makes these vows:   As He gives power to the weak, He strengthens those who trust. The hopeful soar on eagles’ wings And walk with Humblest.1   “I give you plans for peace,” […]

One Way Loyalty

It is a mistaken belief that God requires our loyalty. Believing this makes our God a small and punitive God; He is the opposite. The truth about our God is that both His Love and His Loyalty are One Way. Because of our Father’s character, He loves us. Because of Jesus’ character, He bestows Compassion, […]

A Colony of Rabbits

“Mercy means that we no longer constantly judge everybody’s large and tiny failures, foolish hearts, dubious convictions, and inevitable bad behavior. We will never do this perfectly, but how do we do it better? How do we mostly hold people we’ve encountered with the understanding of a wise, caring mother who has seen it all, […]