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cleaning out the pharisee leftovers

cleaning out the pharisee leftovers

I have a leftover Pharisee attitude dogging me some days.

Just like my small Maltese Yorkie prances at my heels until I’m finally ready to go on our walk, this leftover attitude keeps hounding me.  Lately I’ve felt it creep in during conversations or when I’m thinking about people.

It’s a perfect, comfy fit, this Pharisee garment I wore often before God began to unfold the truth of grace. It looks something like Continue reading →

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Created for Community

Created for Community

I bet you a bag of Doritos I can tell you one of your life’s purposes without ever reading your strengthsfinder results.

Sure, I sound a little presumptuous, but it’s not a hard one. (And I really love Doritos.)

You were created for community.

How do I know? Because I was too. And so was your best friend, and your mom, and your favorite high school teacher. We are each wired to crave and enjoy deep relationship with others. Continue reading →

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what is that smell?

what is that smell?

When my youngest brother was small he used to bury his nose in my hair or my arm, sniff deeply, and say, “You smell good.” Only he was so small it came out “You ‘mell good.”

I think of him even now when I smell something delicious or disgusting and wonder if he’s still sensitive to smell. And I wonder if my nose has evolved into as good a “smell detector” as his always was. Continue reading →

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when it’s okay to be full of warm apathy

when it’s okay to be full of warm apathy

An old friend and I recently reconnected around grace and during our musings, she reminded me of an important grace symptom: refusing to care what people think of us. 

After our chat I couldn’t stop thinking about this post, written a long time ago during my new-to-grace days.   Thank you, my grace friend, for the reminder of this important truth and the chance to walk down memory lane for a few minutes.

 

My Dear Reader,
I don’t care what you think. But actually, I do. That’s why I agonize over my blog posts until I’m almost sick of looking at them. It’s why I’m insecure every morning and night thinking that I’ll never write anything worthy of you reading. Or if you do manage to be duped into reading it, you’ll put it aside in disgust with a shake of the head and a tsk, tsk, because it really was mindless drivel anyway.

I don’t care what you think. But, I do. Continue reading →

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who are you really

who are you really

So, who are you?

Not what do your friends think or your kids or your husband or your Zumba class. Who are you really?

No matter where we look someone wants to define us by what we do or how much we’ve achieved or what they think is true of us.

But none of those are who we truly are. 

Who are you really, believing friend?

Exactly who Christ says you are. Nothing more. Nothing less.

And that’s just one more gigantic way Grace Changes Everything. 

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