grace

Does the timeline of your life rolls up its sleeves and jeer, “You are sooo behind!”? Maybe it announces, “You should have made a name for yourself by now!”  Does the chiming curmudgeon clock in your heart wag a shaming finger at you, asking where you’ve been? I turned 59 last month and tried to […]

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Today I’m excited to share my #1 favorite song with you: “East and West” by Jonathan Helser from the album Live at Home. “There’s no mistake I can make that could ever make you change Your love.” Enjoy this 4-minute video and soak in the vast floorless sea of God’s mercy. East went lookin’ for West […]

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“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1). Do you get exasperated with yourself when you blow it? Do you wish you could relax expectations and lower the bar?

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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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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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Tuesday morning, fourteen-year-old freshman soccer player, Emilio Hoffman, was shot to death in the boys’ locker room at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Then the shooter took his own life. The campus is less than a mile from Mount Hood Community College, where my twenty-year-old daughter, Emily, goes to school. A small park called Imagination […]

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Are you looking for a book about how to forgive, rich with practical tips and personal, down-to-earth illustrations? I recommend Suzanne Eller’s powerful book, The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness, my favorite about forgiving the unforgivable. The Unburdened Heart explains how to let go of shame and anger and respond instead with godly […]

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He decreed statutes . . . which He commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. (Psalm  78:5, 6, NIV) In the hospital room, my newborn grandson, Logan, wraps teensy-weensy fingers around my pinky […]

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Can God do anything?  Well, almost. Here are five things He can’t do. See you as a failure “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor. […]

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