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ONE STORY AFTER ANOTHER — SALVATION STORY #11

Nothing has gone right these past days.  My Blackberry stopped working. (That is not a minor glitch for me — my Blackberry!!!)  That is a dark day.  And then the dashboard of my car flashed with all kinds of symbols that meant nothing to me — except that I knew that the simultaneous grinding sounds from the […]

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IMPOSTORS OF GRACE — SALVATION STORY #10

“The invisible dragon roared, I cowered, and what I’ve called “the impostor” was born, a shadow to the my eight-year-old life.  The impostor is a fake version of yourself, and that exactly how I started living.  I faked being happy when I was sad.  I faked being excited when I was disappointed.  I even faked […]

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HIEROGLYPHICS OF LOVE – SALVATION STORY #7

When my children were younger (Graham age 6, and Kristin age 7), I was stressed out.  I was commuting to grad school, overwhelmed by academia, reading journals I didn’t understand, writing papers with formats that seemed tedious and unnecessary while still trying to drive carpool, do laundry, cook dinner, and help my kids with their homework.  By […]

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SAVED FROM WHAT? SALVATION STORY #5

Below is a story from my dear friend Ruth — who was practically perfect and completely miserable.  I can identify with this Salvation Story, and I’m so grateful that God does not only save us from our sin.  He saves us from ourselves.  “For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own […]

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SHAKING LIKE A LEAF

BEFORE READING: Please know that my intention in writing the blog below was not to shame anyone.  Quite honestly I wrote this blog immediately after watching the 20/20 program and it practically wrote itself — without any checks in my spirit.  After receiving one email from a friend concerned that I was doing the same […]

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SUNDAY MORNING SANCTUARY

  I visited a church a few weeks ago in a mid-Western state.  Upon walking into the church I was immediately ushered back to countless Sundays in childhood spent in a church that “felt” like the church I was visiting.  Men were dressed in suits and ties and many of the women wore modest “church […]

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ONLY GOD CAN STOP ME

A lot of my closest friends are addicts.  I tend to really like broken, messy people — people desperate for change and yet terrified of change.  One of these dear friends just spent ten days at my house after a near-fatal overdose on heroin.  He got on an airplane early this morning for Oklahoma City […]

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BETTER AND BETTER

“You have way below normal levels in every hormone.  Your thyroid is not working, and you are significantly deficient in Vitamin D.”  This is the way that my doctor welcomed me to the world of being a woman in mid-life, battling hot flashes, dimmed vision, and an occasional mood swing into homicidal/suicidal ideation.  Clearly, I am […]

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A PARTY ON THURSDAY NIGHT

I have never really liked parties.  I can’t make small-talk, I don’t have good party clothes, and I never really know what to do with myself when I’m there.  My pastor, Peter Hiett, has been preaching about parties at church the last few Sunday nights.  Last week he used the film Titanic to illustrate two […]

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UNLOCKED

Wednesday night I walked into a place that I never intended to be.  I was immediately asked to hand over my driver’s license, leave all my personal belongings behind, and remove any jewelry.  I was given a clip-on badge — no name, but simply a number became my identity.  I followed other women through a […]

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