Growing Strong

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I’ve always believed that difficulties have a unique way of strengthening people.  I still believe this is true, but I no longer believe it’s guaranteed.  In other words, I now believe that difficulties can have a unique way of strengthening people. The difference may seem subtle, but it’s more than a minor nuance in a sentence. Trials, struggles, and challenging … Read More

Blessings In The Desert

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If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, I’d be willing to bet you’ve experienced a “dry” season in your spiritual life.  Lack of spiritual enthusiasm, a sense of merely going through the motions, and unperceived growth are a sampling of symptoms of the spiritual desert.  These seasons can be brought on by sin and decreased sensitivity to … Read More

Your Own Redeemed Personality

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There have been times in my life when I felt insecure because of my introverted personality.  I’ve been in environments which made me feel less-than because I’m not the most gregarious person in the room. One such instance took place in my college cafeteria.  I happened to be sitting near one of the most outgoing individuals on campus.  He asked … Read More

Hammers And Trophies

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Tomorrow David and I will become homeowners for the very first time.  The process leading up to this point has been lengthy, but enjoyable.  For a while, I assumed owning a home would feel like winning a trophy at the end of a marathon – that it would be an aesthetically pleasing way to recognize the attainment of a goal. … Read More

The Eyes Have It

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One of my least favorite parts of playing sports in middle and high school was the requirement to stretch before practices and games.  The most difficult stretch for me to execute was the standing quad stretch.  You probably know the one. I would balance on one foot, grab the opposite foot and bring it up behind me, while bending the … Read More