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Win a free copy of Beyond the Mirror

My friend Ashley does a much better job of explaining her ministry to wives of porn-addicted husbands (and those in recovery), so I encourage you to watch her here:

To have a chance at winning her free book, simply comment below answering, “How has God used something bad in your life for something good?”

I look forward to reading your stories!

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Wine Poured Forth

We used to live in wine country (France)–a place where one could buy a great bottle of wine for two euros. I’m not much of a wine drinker, not much at all, so I don’t understand the sacrifice of pouring forth wine. But melted dark chocolate? Maybe.

There’s something amazing about taking that which is precious and pouring it forth. Perhaps that is why I love this poem from Streams in the Desert. It reads:

Measure your life by loss and not by gain,

Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth.

For love’s strength is…

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The path to healing has its struggle

An email friend sent me the entire text of Streams in the Desert’s devotional entitled “Giants.

One excerpt particularly resonated with me, my healing journey, and the journey of healing of others. Mrs. Charles Cowman writes:

“The reason so many fail in this experience of divine healing is because they expect to have it all without a struggle, and when the conflict comes and the battle wages long, they become discouraged and surrender. God has nothing worth having that is easy. There are no cheap goods in the heavenly market. Our redemption…

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Ever ask yourself: What is the Gospel?

The Gospel: The Most Sacrificial Love Story in History.

The players:
A Triune God. A rebellious people. A scrappy enemy.

The plot: The scrappy enemy of God entices a people to rebel and seek life outside their creator. No sacrifice made by the people in penitence satisfies a holy God, nor can they pull themselves up by the bootstraps to walk the way He would have them walk. So He becomes the solution by sending Himself…

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Where are they now? Haunted? Fine?

Those of you familiar with me or my story know this: at five, two neighborhood boys spent their free time abusing me. Under trees. In their room. In ravines. In parks.

I’m grateful, so grateful, that I don’t suffer flashbacks anymore. I’m glad their yearlong actions no longer inform how I live my life. They tried to break me, but Jesus healed so many broken, awful, raw places. They meant harm, but now I’m free.

But sometimes, like right…

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Two dreams: injury and family life

I had two dreams butted up next to each other, kind of like commercials do these days where they do two spots for the same product, but run them concurrently.

Dream one: I needed to help my youngest with something. I can’t remember what it was, since that’s the nature of dreams, but I do know it was important. Only problem? I had a ten-inch long cut in my…

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An important post to read

“The Elephant in the Room” is my recent addition to Christian Fiction Online magazine. It wasn’t easy to write, nor was the wisdom gained easily won. Here’s the skinny: In this business (or any business you’ll be a part of), you will interact with people of the opposite sex either in person or via email. How you decide to handle your interactions is up to you. But you must be purposeful and honest. Brutally honest.

There are some of you out there reading this post who are caught up in the ecstasy of an emotional affair…

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The Junk Brothers and Redemption

Today I watched The Junk Brothers on HGTV while eating my frosted wheat cereal. Here’s the premise of the show. The two brothers, Steve and Jim Kelley, forage neighborhoods under the cover of darkness, looking for junk that could be transformed into something useful, beautiful.

Today’s show they found a pair of old wooden snow skis. Then, they take what they’ve found and create furniture (beautiful furniture, actually) using the castoff. In today’s episode, they created a curio cabinet, shaped like the top end of a wooden boat, complete with mirrored back, glass shelves,…

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Watch the Kingdom Grow

I thought I had located all those writing verses in the Bible-like the pen being some sort of weapon, how keeping words shut up inside would burn my chest, how the reading of many novels was all tediousness.

Today I found another verse-one that highlights my deepest hopes in writing. Paul told the Corinthian believers, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human…

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Welcome to relevantblog!

Now that I’m in France and I no longer have a weekly newspaper column, I wanted to create an avenue where I am writing on a deadline. Since my friend Jeanne has a great blog, I knew that to be part of the way-cool gang, I’d have to set up a blog.

So, now I’m way-cool and I’m not quite sure what to say. I always wanted to be part of the cool culture of high school, chatting aimlessly with cheerleaders about the latest Teen magazine buzz. Really, though, I ended up being a sort of…

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