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Love is the “means” and the “end”

Love is the “means” and the “end”

“It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.” ~Eric Hoffer. We so frequently speak of love – Love is love…Love drives out hate…Love your neighbor. Believing our own intentions are rooted in love, why do we so frequently act outside of love? There are scores of daily examples in … Continue reading Love is the “means” and the “end”

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A Message for you Amazing Mothers…

A Message for you Amazing Mothers…

Dear Moms, Please stop feeling guilty. You’re doing a great job, and you’re very loved. Stop feeling guilty about not… * Crafting the impossibly over-engineered snacks you so regularly pin on Pinterest; * Cooking 3 scratch-made meals every day from organic ingredients that you purchased with coupons and on-sale; * Exercising at least 6 days … Continue reading A Message for you Amazing Mothers…

Book Review:  “Walking with God,” by John Eldredge

Book Review: “Walking with God,” by John Eldredge

A fascinating topic from the consistently-intriguing John Eldredge.  I recommend his insightful book, Walking with God. Walking with God is a skill; a discipline that we learn and apply over time.  With this work, we follow Eldredge over the course of one year of his real life examples; his real-life walk with God.  How does … Continue reading Book Review: “Walking with God,” by John Eldredge

The Glory IN You

The Glory IN You

Some days feel like a contest for who can tally up the most suffering; who can endure the most pain and loss.  And the onslaught, at times, is merciless. Please keep in mind that, while certainly true, pain and suffering aren’t the entire truth.  In fact, they’re only a very small piece of our eternal … Continue reading The Glory IN You

“Be Strong & Courageous”:  Why Are We Still Afraid?

“Be Strong & Courageous”: Why Are We Still Afraid?

Why are we still afraid? Every one of the more than 400 days I spent in combat, I wore a chain necklace with my dog tags and a small silver shield. On the back of the shield was inscribed the popular scripture from Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do … Continue reading “Be Strong & Courageous”: Why Are We Still Afraid?

Lifting the Veil: “Things are not as they seem”

Lifting the Veil: “Things are not as they seem”

I remember the truth spoken quietly, almost as a secret, from my wise grandmother:  "Things are not always as they seem." The veil lifts to expose reality, not hiding but not at first clear. What if the world around you, as it is presented, is not as it seems?  What are the implications of this … Continue reading Lifting the Veil: “Things are not as they seem”

A Missionary’s Mission

A Missionary’s Mission

Book Review To the Ends of the World by Chad & Amanda Garrett Passion can be exhilirating.  Someone passionate about his work can drive success; extending his circle of influence beyond typical boundaries and defining new, atypical comfort zones.  As missionaries for the Lord, the passion behind the work of Chad and Amanda Garrett is … Continue reading A Missionary’s Mission

“Love & War” by John & Stasi Eldredge

“Love & War” by John & Stasi Eldredge

Book Review Love & War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed of by John & Stasi Eldredge There's not an instructional manual on marriage.  There's not a list of steps on how to become one with another human, on how to love another more than yourself; on being committed for, and beyond, life.  That's impossible.  But … Continue reading “Love & War” by John & Stasi Eldredge