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I Don’t Want to Look Like an iPhone

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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God got on a soapbox this week. It started with a random email devotional from Desiring God ministries. I was curled in bed, determined to read the requisite “good stuff” before diving into the middle of my novel. The article by Tony Reinke was titled, “Six Ways Your iPhone is Changing You.” Under the heading, “We become like what we behold”, Reinke wrote, “What we love to behold is what we worship. What we spend our time beholding shapes our…

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A Prayer so Powerful It Raises the Dead

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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It’s a wonder I still believe prayer works. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do believe prayer is powerful and effective. It can change the course of history. Earth is still spinning 24 hours behind where it should be based on the creation timeline—ever since Joshua asked God to make the sun stand still. Prayer works, but I have personally prayed for many things that never happened, for blessings that never materialized, healing that took forever and sometimes never came….

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Death is Hard. Life is Harder–But Worth It

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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A friend of mine died from anorexia. Her death changed me and my recovery more than I ever imagined. We were a lot alike. When we first met, we all but hated each other. But as time went on, we realized that having a friendship was better than being enemies and became excellent encouragers for one another. We prayed before meals and prayed before bed. We gave each other looks that said “I hate this too, but we’ve got this.”…

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The Thorn in My Side

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 2 Comments  
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I was pretty stoked: God had given me an out! I had discovered the Bible verse that indicated anorexia was something I could struggle with my whole life. Now, that sounds discouraging, but then, as someone who had fought the battle with anorexia for over a decade and continued to lose, it seemed like a welcome release. Perhaps I didn’t need to fight so hard, maybe this was something God had given me; my personal struggle. Maybe God wasn’t going…

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Active Rest

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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I’m really good at giving advice. And I’m pretty good at taking it from others. I start to struggle a bit when I know that I need to take my own advice. More accurately, when I need to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He tells me something I don’t want to hear. There are a lot of things going on in my life that I don’t have much control over. Yet, I’m wearing myself out, tangling…

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His Expression

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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I remember it like yesterday, but I can’t read his expression any better in my memory than I could 15 years ago. It was somewhere between a mix of frustration, disappointment, reservation, compassion and confusion. We’d covered this ground so many times before, Granddad and I, and he was nearing the point of wondering if things would ever change. Oh please, don’t give up on me, my mind whispered, even as I held back the tears and held my ground—“I’m…

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Lessons From My Failures

Posted on June 12th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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A man stood before God listening intently; he wanted to catch every single word of instruction. “Do you see that boulder there?” God asked. “I created it and placed it exactly there with you in mind. This is your mission, your calling. I want you to push that boulder.” “That’s all God?” The man glanced down at his puny physique and felt a flush of shame redden his cheeks. It doesn’t seem like a very important job, he thought. At…

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Peace is Something We Make

Posted on June 5th, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 0 Comments  
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I’ve been thinking a lot about peace recently. Where does it come from? How can I live a peaceful life? How can I have peace even if the world is full of bad? A couple weeks ago when I taught Sunday School, Miss Ruth was there. She looked good and I told her so. She reached out and grasped my hand and smiled. She went home, lay down, and passed away a few hours later. She was 93. I couldn’t…

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To the Mom at Chick Fil-A

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by in Positive Parenting | 0 Comments  
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At Chick Fil-A today, my kids picked a booth right next to you. You appeared to be sitting with your mom. As I sat down to eat, I heard you speaking to your mom about your weight. You referred to yourself as “fat.” Your mom said very little as you filled the space with your nonstop talk of food and weight, your big bones, the weight you had lost and gained back, and how that weight had redistributed itself on…

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The Space Between All and Nothing

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 by in Chasing Freedom | 2 Comments  
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Today, I met someone who told me she had eating issues during our brief encounter. I wasn’t shocked to hear it because of my job as a counselor. However, I wasn’t in a counseling situation; we met in public. I’ve learned that God has wired me to be open to encounters such as these and thankfully, He often brings them my way. While it is not rare to learn about pain or someone’s history shortly after knowing them, it’s a…

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