Renewed, Day 17, Justice

There is wisdom in remaining quiet and allowing the powers that be, whether God, superiors, or natural consequences, to enact justice on your behalf. In every difficult church ousting crisis we have faced, we have stayed quiet. Until this one. This one is different. In the prior experiences, we really wanted to leave but God... Continue Reading →

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Renewed: Day 16, Paid in Full

"...while Jesus' blood enables us to live in right relationship with the Father, it also enables us to forgive those who sin against us. Part of forgiveness is releasing the debt owed by those who have hurt us. ... We stop our passive-aggressive behaviors. We refrain from gossip or trashing their reputations. We give up... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 15, No Apology

The theme for this week has been on forgiveness. Forgiveness relates to conflict, which is something that every relationship worth growing will face. We are unique individuals who see things through the lenses of our past experiences and our faith paradigm. I remember sitting in a ladies Bible study in one of our churches, with... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 14, Perspective

"How differently do I see the world when I look through the lenses of my hurt?" (Renewed, pg 56, Leigh Powers) After our first bad church experience, where the senior pastor had decided that I was not living up to the "2 for 1" ministry deal he had brokered, I found it very easy to... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 12, Letting it Go

"God, how do you get rid of feelings? I want to move forward without dragging the chains of my resentment and hurt behind me. But there's this darkness inside that wants to get even, wants to see her pay, wants to give voice to all the perfect comebacks and outrage and finally see her shut... Continue Reading →

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Gail from GailLovesGod for her kind and thoughtful nomination. 🙂 RULES: Thank the person who nominated you. Include a link to their blog in your post. Share 7 facts about yourself. Nominate 15 bloggers of your choosing to keep spreading the love Seven Facts About Me: Winter is my favorite season. I love... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 11, Loving Your Enemies

"Loving your enemies seems easy until you have one." (Renewed, pg 45, Leigh Powers) In theory, it is easy to forgive. It is especially easy if we no longer need to have a relationship with the person who wronged us. The depth of forgiveness is most severely tested when the relationship is continued. "Forgiveness doesn't... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 10, Perseverance

"Lord, I don't know if I can do this anymore." (Renewed, pg 38, Leigh Powers) Thus is this day's title. When I first glanced at it a couple of days ago, I was feeling much stronger than I am right now. I wondered how I was going to approach being frustrated, exhausted-hypothryroid tired, that feeling... Continue Reading →

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