Forgive Yourself

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Facebook Post:  To the thief who stole my wallet at Pioneer Courthouse Square today: I pray that God hunts you down and tackles you with His irrational, reckless, relentless grace. I pray that you get arrested by His presence and become a victim of His plan of redemption. Earlier this month, I prayed with a […]

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When you and I struggle with self-forgiveness, we’ve usually got deep, painful wounds put there by the enemy in the past. Do you want to know how to exact sweet revenge? Tell your story!  At the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland last week, I met the amazing Marlys Johnson, a cancer widow who joyfully writes and […]

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To view video, click here. When you and I struggle with tough memories, we can enter into the Holy Spirit’s presence, sort through the chaos of our past, and discover His prevailing purpose. I pray your heart is encouraged by this 1.5-minute slideshow.  Imagine the possibilities! Lynn  

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re stuck emotionally? You feel like your mental energies are drained and you’re shouldering a […]

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On a brisk Saturday walk with Tim on a street that flanks the Willamette River. I lifted my foot to take a step and suddenly recoiled. “Look! A snake in the road!” Tim said, “Where?” “Right here! See?! I pointed to a snake the same color as the street. A sort of dead snake. Okay, […]

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I’m so excited. All these years I thought maybe God wanted us to keep a respectful distance from our friends’ loot. But then I found a teensy loophole, just big enough to slide a needle through. It seems that “Thou shalt not steal” applies to standards of everyday living sort of. Sometimes. Maybe. I struggled with […]

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In deep communion with the Holy Spirit, I saw a display of His power. The mighty rush of a river That ricocheted from one bank to the other A switchback coursing the side of a mountain. The sound of the swishing rose and fell In cadence with Christ’s heartbeat. From the stream that danced And rippled and […]

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Have you experienced setbacks and wished you could turn back the hands of time? Do you struggle with regret? Good news: one simple step will empower you to think more clearly and take back your heart and home. That one act: forgive yourself. When my son, Ben, was an infant, I wrapped my car around […]

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Last Thursday, along with four other authors from the Faith and Culture Writers Connection, I had the chance to speak to inmates in the Oregon State Penitentiary. I encouraged the men to forgive themselves—as each of us needs to—for events in the past.  Here are a couple of highlights. <><><><><><><> God sees us not in terms of our […]

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In a recent standoff with a friend, things got real chill. Not “chill” as in “kicking back” (although something inside me did want to kick him back). Think popsicle in the paw of a polar bear. I imagine I’m auditioning for Elsa in Frozen. Let the storm rage on. I clutch ruthless, resentful emotions to […]

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